Death and Lichens

We found the remains of a deer a few years back.  We kept its skull and have it on a table outside.


I noticed that there were lichens growing on it, and took this photo of some dried lichens in the eye socket.


But it has rained for a few days, and the lichens have swelled up and gotten more colorful.



Maybe when I die, instead of locking me in a box and burying it underground, or burning my body to ashes, someone will transport my skull to a wild place.  It will set there on the ground for a few years growing lichens.


A few decades more and it will all be soil, nourishing the critters.

Dust to dust…



About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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2 Responses to Death and Lichens

  1. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening! says:

    Some days I feel like I have lichens growing in my eye sockets already…

    Love the macro shots!

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