The Most Symbiotic of Relationships in the Matobo Hills
When you are walking 🚶♂️ alone in the Matobo Hills, you feel that sense of tranquility, you feel you have walked on hallowed ground.
The serenity of environment is juxtaposed to the irregular topography⛰️. Life is all around you, whether you see it or not, one of the most interesting life ♥️ forms in the Matobo Hills is lichen☘️, the vivid splashes of colour on exposed surfaces of the giant granite rocks is extra-ordinary.
🍁The orange-red and sulphurous-yellow lichen (shown in the picture) that grow over granite rocks add a breathtaking flair to the Matobo Hills.💯⠀⠀⠀⠀
👉A closer look at soil surfaces, vegetation and even buildings reveal that lichen grace just about every exterior in an array of shades; grey, green 🌿 and black.
“If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together!”
Lichen gregariously covers many boulders in the Matobo Hills, it captures the traveler’s eye in a wild array of astonishingly impressive fluorescent colours.🎨
If you take time ⏰ to study 👨🎓 the lichen’s slow growth, you will learn that it has a symbiotic 💞 relationship with fungus🌄 and algae and the granite rocks themselves. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⚡The fungus provides the growth structure of the lichen and protects its algal partner, 🐚which in exchange generates nutrients🌿 for both to survive ♥️
💯But that’s not all, lichen is much like life, which why Africans in Matobo say,
“If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together!”👌👍
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