Lichen the mystery.

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I am struggling to ID this colourful lichen, so I’m calling out for assistance: is there anyone out there familiar with lichens in Alberta (or perhaps North America) who can help me with a name for this?  While hiking in Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park this fall, a group of us found a prolific brilliant yellow growth on several trees in one particular location.  (This was above the upper falls, en route to the Ink Pots).  It actually looked as if the trees were glowing, like they had been spray painted gold.  There was a trickle of a mineral-laden spring nearby and we wonder if that has something to do with the unusual growth on specimens in just that area, but we really can’t explain it.  I am familiar with old man’s beard lichen and wolf lichen (and know that the latter can sometimes be bright yellow in colour) – but this doesn’t appear to be either of those.  Thanks in advance if you can help out on this one; even if I don’t get a positive ID, it’s still a fascinating find.

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Snowshoe trek.

The weather has been absolutely beautiful these past few days, with above freezing temperatures and lots of bright sun. It won’t last, but we’ll take it while we can get it! 🙂

On Friday, my hubby and I made a day trip out to the mountains to enjoy the scenery and do a little snowshoeing. The Elkwood Trail in Kananaskis Country was our first destination (we later did a short trek near Lower Kananaskis Lake as well). This well-marked track runs through a large campground in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, and encompasses an interpretive loop around Marl Lake. Stands of white spruce and lodgepole pine predominate, and we had to imagine what the trail will look like once the wildflowers awaken from their slumber. But, in the meantime, there were plenty of other interesting sights to enjoy….

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(Photo credit:  R. Normandeau)

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(Photo credit:  R. Normandeau)

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(Photo credit:  R. Normandeau)

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Happy Monday! I hope you are enjoying the sunshine wherever you are!

Related posts:

Elkwood Snowshoe Loop – Kananaskis – Hiking Alberta (Hiking With Barry – Wilderness Adventure)

Winter interest. (floweryprose.com)