tiny hidden worlds - kingdom of lichen


If you go outside, walk around your garden or neighbourhood a little, and then bend down and take a closer look at things, what you will see is a whole other world of small wonders. These are of the very very small variety, but they are no less wonderful.


Outside my house, there are all types of lichen, growing on rocks, tree stumps, branches, and fences. There are yellow lichens, green ones, black ones, frilly ones and even a few that look like little trumpets. 

There are bees burrowing into flowers.

There are mosses too, and dew drops caught in blades of grass, and ants carrying sticks two times the size of their body. 

And this is the most ever-so-special part...

Just after it rains, and when the earth is still damp, there are small mushrooms that sprout up from the ground in all different colours! Red with polka dots, orange, and brown striped ones. They are like jewels of the earth, popping up when you least expect it, and brightening my day by reminding me of fairy houses and gnome's hats.

tiny worlds - bee in an artichoke flower
hidden tiny kingdoms in the moss and lichen
tiny hidden worlds - kingdom of moss
tiny hidden world of the fairies - kingdom of toadstools
World of the fairies - kingdom of toadstools
One can get just as much exaltation in losing oneself in a little thing as in a big thing. It is nice to think how one can be recklessly lost in a daisy!
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Kingdom of red and white mushrooms