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Old Man’s Beard

Unbiquitous in the Black Hills - Old Man's Beard aka Usnea Lichenimage usnea lichen

Usnea Lichen is found throughout the Black Hills,  it is the result of a symbiotic relationship of algae and fungus.  It is also known as Old Man’s Beard.

I’d always thought is was some type of moss (like Spanish Moss), but moss is a type of plant and Usnea Lichen is not a plant.  It has been used medicinally for bacterial and fungal infections.  Read more about some of the traditional uses here.

I took the photos of the lichen on my Iphone 4 with  the Olloclip 3-in-1 Lens for iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S.  This is my new favorite toy, I can get really cool photos without luging around my big DSLR camera.

About the author: Josh loves to take pictures and share them on his South Dakota and the Black Hills blogs.  Plus he enjoys traveling with his family any chance he gets.

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