14 responses to “Chiricahua National Monument”

  1. Bobbie

    This is one of the most fascinating recent things I have learned about. Here is a website where you can read more about “desert varnish”. Sadly they have added lots of popup ads so turn on your blocker.
    http://www.desertusa.com/magdec97/varnish/dec_varnish.html

  2. Hollis

    Thanks for the wonderful view of the wonderland of rocks – I used to work there (but don’t know lichens). It’s highly recommended for those who enjoy natural history of all kinds.

  3. Elaine

    Oh, that is a place of very happy memories; my grandparents lived in SE Arizona for many years, and several times I went there with my grandpa. Great times, in a beautiful place.

  4. Roberta

    Gosh, I’ve lived in Tucson since ’91 and only driven past on I-10. I always stop at that Texas rest stop, but have never actually explored the mountains. I know Geronimo and his Apache warriors used to hide out there.
    I do remember seeing a lot of different coloured lichen in Sycamore Canyon, which is a riparian area near Nogales (the border with Mexico).

  5. Daniel Mosquin

    Thanks for the lead, Roberta – I’ll be sure to check out Sycamore Canyon next time I’m in the area. Those sycamores (Platanus wrightii) are one of my favourite plants.

  6. Christina

    Why don’t you just ask Beth at Firefly Forest blog? You recommended her site months ago and it has become one of my favourites. She lives around Tucson and her blog is primarily that area. She has posted photos and text on the Chiricahua National Monument. Also Beth’s area of expertise is environment/nature/flora/fauna so she should be able to answer your questions regarding the lichen.

  7. Daniel Mosquin

    Thanks for the reminder, Christina. I thought Beth had given up on blogging due to some sort of incident a little while ago, but I see she’s returned (albeit with a few changes in the way she has the site set up). I think I will do just that.

  8. Karen Vaughan, L.Ac.

    Bobbie,
    Thanks so much for that link on Desert Varnish. I had thought it was wind polish. Amazing that it is bacterial. And the whole page was useful.

  9. Daniel Mosquin

    Received a reply from Beth – she didn’t know either, unfortunately.

  10. Leslie Williams

    In their book Lichens of North America, Brodo,Sharnoff, and Sharnoff present photographs of Candelina submexicana and Candelariella vitellina both of which are species of yellow-to-golden lichens, and both are on the list of the lichens of Chiricahua National Monument that you linked to. There are descriptions and photos of other yellow lichens in the abovementioned book, which I highly recommend for its photographic qualities, which can be appreciated by those (such as myself) who are not experts in the field.

  11. Daniel Mosquin

    Thanks Leslie, I’ll have a good second look. Yes, it’s a great book – I took a weekend lichens course with Brodo a few years ago, and it was top-notch.

  12. Anthony

    The most interesting exchange of comments for quite a while! There are a lot of lichenophiles out here and I am one, though I don’t know the names of them, other than Usnea tillandsioides. Now I have got to find out more about Chiracauhua Natl. Mon. and I am GRATEFUL for the internet because I am too old and banged up to do much hiking around such places any more. Thanks for an ever fascinating site, and I have been with you since month 1, though I have trouble keeping up with all the material you present.

  13. Daniel Mosquin

    Acarospora contigua, I’ve now learned, is another possibility.

  14. Chris Parrish

    Check CalPhotos and Google images for photos of Pleopsidium chlorophanum, one of the gold cobblestone lichens.

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