Little Moose Island, Schoodic

text and haiku by Kristen Lindquist

Blue Flag & Xanthoria lichen

Spent the morning on Schoodic Point in Acadia National Park. The tide was low, so we were able to walk over to Little Moose Island on an exposed natural causeway. I was with three botanists, so learned a lot about the plant life: the male Roseroot Sedum has yellow flowers and the female has red; what we call juniper “berries” are actually tiny cones; and Xanthoria lichens do not just grow where rodents have urinated…

Even sea-scoured
bare granite harbors flowers,
blooms of lichen.

Bunchberry and gull feather

Cinquefoil? tucked in granite

Roseroot Sedum

Xanthoria lichen rings

Roseroot Sedum and Blue Flags