The "brown eyes" are the fruiting bodies where spores are made for reproduction. The lichen is a combination of fungus and algae (or, sometimes, cyanobacteria), but only the fungal partner reproduces sexually and produces spores - then the new generation has to find its algal partner all over again.
Spotted in a pine dominant forest.
Lat: 47.21, Long: -121.02
Spotted on Jan 9, 2018
Submitted on Jan 10, 2018