Lichens are fungus, and can be found on decaying wood, mossy logs, and in this case, as shown above, on an old tree stump. These very showy British Soldier lichens (Cladonia cristatella), having taken their name from the red uniforms worn by British soliders during the American Revolut -ionary War, are by far my favourites. They are very small and when finding them on the ground in patches of moss I have often gotten down on my hands and knees in order to take their pictures. Lichens are also found on tree trunks and branches and come in a wide variety of shapes, textures, sizes and colours. Its really easy to develop a liking for lichens!