Lens-Artists Challenge #34: Close-up
“Close enough is not close enough.”
This week Ann-Christine challenges us to get closer, an interesting opportunity to study the intricacies of the world around us. This week’s captures were all made during last week’s photography shoot. In the image above I found myself wondering how the oyster shell ended up stuck to and surrounded by a tree branch. Never did quite figure it out 😊
“There’s something in the very small minutia of life that tells us something about the big, big picture.”
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Speaking of oyster shells, you can find them most everywhere in the marshes around Kiawah. They’re an immensely popular local delicacy that I must admit I’ve never quite warmed up to. I do however find them interesting as a subject for my lens – as evidenced by today’s images.
“The skies and land are so enormous, and the detail so precise and exquisite, that wherever you are you are isolated in a glowing world between the macro and the micro.”
One of the interesting places oyster shells can be found is at the foot of the stanchions that support the many docks lining our marsh creeks. I’m not sure what causes them to attach themselves there, but attach they do. In fact, many southern states now have oyster “farming” projects for waterfront dock owners. Cultivating oysters is good not only for the palate (they are packed with vitamins and minerals) but also for the environment. Oysters filter over a gallon of water per hour, mitigating pollutants from the waters and purifying it in more ways than one.
“Feeling Small? In your very fingertip resides 10 million worlds.”
Now that you’ve learned more than you ever wanted to know about oysters, we hope you’ve found some interesting subjects for Ann-Christine’s “up close” challenge, and that you’ll join Amy next week for Challenge #35. Remember to tag your post Lens-Artists to increase your visibility to other participants. If you need help learning how to tag, click here.
Have a great week everyone!