I am a amateur photographer I found some interesting things when I got home and looked at my photos. There are some blue/white cocoon. I like structures on top of the sunburst lichen. I live in Colorado and took these photos on January 23.
The small blue creatures coould possibly be (oribatid) mites. I have them under my the binocular when I study lichen pretty often. Their asociation with lichen is well documented