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365-296 IHR Gravetone Inscription, St Mary The Virgin Church, Wansford, Peterborough UK

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A beautiful lichen patterned old gravestone in the country church at Wansford. It is almost a natural work of art.

Lichens are composite organisms consisting of a symbiotic association of a fungus (the mycobiont) with a photosynthetic partner (the photobiont or phycobiont), usually either a green alga (commonly Trebouxia) or cyanobacterium (commonly Nostoc). Lichens are very different from descrite fungus etc, particularly in that they can survive quite extreme environments.

They can be used to analyse ozone depletion and metal contamination and may have more uses in the future. Purfumes and cosmetics have used them as have traditional medical remedies.

Tonight just before uploading this image I dug out my old penguin paperback copy of 'The Trouble With lichen' by the author John Wyndham, which I read some yongs ago, The plot concerns a young woman biochemist who discovers that a chemical extracted from an unusual strain of lichen (hence the title) can be used to retard the ageing process, enabling people to live to around 200–300 years. Wyndham speculates how society would deal with this prospect. Powerful women in England are the customers of this miracle product and strands of female emancipation run through the novel.

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  1. Nikon Guy 56 59 months ago | reply

    Very interesting photo. The lichens are awesome.

  2. Izabella U 59 months ago | reply

    HDR:Striving Toward Excellence
    ~: Award Of Excellence :~

  3. Ambernectar 13 59 months ago | reply

    a lot of artwork goes into gravestones...

  4. mehjg 59 months ago | reply

    Wonderful!

  5. DAN SICK 59 months ago | reply

    great shot


    This photo deserves a HDR Terrorist Award

  6. liboironh 59 months ago | reply

    very interesting history of lichen--great testure photo

  7. Joe CWS 59 months ago | reply

    Lovely closeup with the crusty lichen!

  8. -- Green Light Images -- 59 months ago | reply

    A fine mosaic of lichens there.

  9. @HotpixUK -Add Me On Ipernity 500px 59 months ago | reply

    I thought you would like those 8-)

  10. Dalma Szallonntai(from here to Ipernity) [deleted] 59 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Art Gallery and Museums (Please comment on two)..., and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  11. Dalma Szallonntai(from here to Ipernity) [deleted] 59 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called C'est beau l'avis....., and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  12. tammybeck 59 months ago | reply


    Tu foto se merece el mas hermoso y monumental mausoleo de todos los cementerios. ¡Genial!
    Cementerios Internacionales

  13. Art Of...(I say goodbye for a long time) 58 months ago | reply

    Very interesting. If I see such gravestones, I think about how these people have lived at that time.

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