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Unique fine art nature photograph of orange lichens on grey rock in  Alaska, USA

Life under Foot


A graduate student instructor once told me that vibrant orange doesn’t occur naturally in nature. As I tried to think of something bright orange at the time, I couldn’t. And so, imagine my surprise when I spotted this quarter-sized lichen, the color of bright orange, while working as an environmental scientist on the coast of Alaska.


I was in awe of its incredible beauty as it stood out on a gravelly ancient sandbar and coastal floodplain. The little spot of orange drew me like a magnet.


Although rare, vibrant orange does naturally occur in nature, and the graduate student was perhaps making a hyperbole.           

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