Although it seems like a life time ago, I was a marine biology major in college. My first job after graduation was studying and identifying the different types of Plankton in the surrounding waters of Nantucket. For three glorious Summers I worked and lived at one of the most beautiful spots on the Island at a research facility called the Nantucket Field Station. Since the 1960’s several thousand scientists and students have called this special place on Nantucket home.

I absolutely loved my time there so I was super excited when I was invited to a reunion of the Nantucket Field Station Scientists. It happened last weekend and it was so much fun to get my head out of design for awhile and re-immerse myself in science. The Field Station is still going strong and the research they are doing is amazing. If you are interested you can check out their website here.

While taking a tour of the grounds I was blown away by the most amazing sight of color and pattern. Lucky me that I happen to be accompanied by a microbiologist who identified what I saw as a lichen called Xanthoria parietina.

 Xanthoria parietina

Xanthoria parietina

Ever since I was a kid I have loved both science and art. Seeing this golden lichen growing on a brick wall brought it all together for me because for this moment in time they were one and the same.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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