I imagine here the wetted orange lichen that grows flat on rocky surfaces, like tiny star-bursts of gold.
‘The lichen glows like cracked lacquer on the cliffs.’
See also a quote-rich mosaic review of this magnificent, entrancing book: a love letter to islands and a paean to the sea.
Source: Adam Nicolson, Sea Room: An Island Life (London: Harper Collins, 2013 (2002)), p. 131
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