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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Bouquet for Lichen Lovers

We live in a world defined by the limitations of our sense organs. Yet if we could focus down to two or three times the resolution of our normal eyesight, what worlds of strange and extraordinary beauty we could discover. I can't afford a true macro lens so I have lately been experimenting with a reversed 50 mm prime lens that provides considerable magnification and the photo above is a first experiment. It is Victoria but a very small part of Victoria, located in my back yard, in a little grove of lichen.

12 comments:

USelaine said...

Oh, I love lichen! Thanks for the bouquet!

Before I passed 40, I had great eyesight and was very proud of it. Now, I have to carry reading glasses everywhere. I do like how our cameras can see things for us, with even more detail than a moving magnifying glass.

Philip said...

If you did'nt tell me it was not a macro lens then I would have said it was GREAT MACRO shot well done!

Babzy said...

i'm just dicovering your blog ,great photos .

Hope said...

This is a wonderful photo! So many worlds to explore and as you've shown us there is so much to see and discover in our own backyards!

Petrea said...

If you plucked this bouquet from your yard for me, I would be charmed.

Laurie said...

WHat an amazing shot, however you arrived at it! I love the weird, science-fiction quality of lichen. So many things, when viewed up-close, take on a kind of otherworldly feel. I love this.

Ineke said...

Wow, well done!

USelaine said...

Just ignore all the extra clicks from Willits/Ukiah.

Kris said...

They're beginning a Day of the Triffids-type takeover, beginning with your backyard!

Benjamin Madison said...

Elaine, I was thinking of your lichen-love posts back in March and April when I titled this and you are most welcome.

Philip, thank you - the reversed 50 mm prime is essentially a macro lens except that it can't be focussed except by moving oneself backwards or forwards. Most inconvenient but it works.

Babzy and Hope, thank you.

Petrea, if I plucked this and gave it to you I'd probably get a strange look since this bouquet is about the size of the tip of a toothpick. But I'm glad you like it and if you're prepared to share with Elaine I'll gladly dedicate some of it to you.

Laurie, thanks. What it makes me think of is those movies where the hero is reduced to the size of an ant and wanders around in forests like this.

Ineke, thank you.

Elaine, click away - it's free.

Kris, you better look out - I suspect that Tasmanian lichens are even more dangerous than this one. And I think I saw some on that wall outside your office moving ever so slowly towards your window. One day you'll be sitting there enjoying some of your favorite yogurt and you'll feel a soft fluttering against the back of your neck, and then....

USelaine said...

LOL!

Virginia said...

I don't know about that lens you used but I love the shot. Bravo. Thanks for the bouquet you romantic devil!