One of my favorite blogs is New Hampshire Garden Solutions, wonderful pictures and descriptions. This week in a comment, NHGS stated that in the Fitzwilliam Cemetery there will must be many interesting lichens. To which I responded something to the effect, “Let me guess, lichens are little people.”
Good thing I subscribe to the Oxford English Dictionary. I looked up lichens and found that lichens are;
One of a class of cellular cryptogamic plants, often of a green, grey, or yellow tint, which grow on the surface of rocks, trees, etc. According to the modern theory, now generally accepted, the lichen is a fungus parasitic upon an algal, whose form is somewhat modified by the influence of the parasite.
So in effect I guess I was right. I will walk more carefully.
1789 E. Darwin Bot. Garden II. ii. 29 Where frowning Snowden bends his dizzy brow..Retiring lichen climbs the topmost stone.