Lens-Artists Challenge #34: Close-up

“Close enough is not close enough.”

Jennifer Pierre



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 ๐Ÿ˜Š



“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.”

Ansel Adams

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. ย 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.”

Leland Lewis

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. ย Remember to tag your post Lens-Artists to increase your visibility to other participants. ย If you need help learning how to tag, click here.

Have a great week everyone!






92 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #34: Close-up

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  3. I haven’t developed the taste for oysters either โ€ฆ maybe it’s eating them raw, which many favor. George, Andrea’s dad, said you can cook oysters, but they’re easy to over cook, and that’s when they become more like shoe leather.

    The oyster shell attached to the tree branch, very interesting. Sounds like a science project โ€ฆ ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I have never taken to eaten raw oysters (tried once and was almost sick – it was like the texture of a raw egg, but salty!) but I have eaten them baked with spinach and Parmesan cheese in California and Canada and they were very nice. An interesting and informative post Tina.

  5. Beautiful images Tina, the first one especially drew me in and made me curious too! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ’– xxx

  6. I’m with you on oysters: they make for interesting shots, but unless they’re in stew, I want no part of them as far as eating goes My grandma did make good oyster stew, although I haven’t had any for many, many years. I do appreciate their part in taking care of the environment, though. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Yes, our tides vary by up to 7 feet each day, depending on the moon’s cycle. Pretty amazing! As for the oyster, possible it was bird-carried but we’ll never really know. Lots of creatures live in our marshes ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. โ€Thereโ€™s something in the very small minutia of life that tells us something about the big, big picture.โ€

    Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Loved that quote – so very true. Love your take on this too – the oyster in the tree branch? I think that tells us a great deal about life!

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  9. That oyster shell on the branch is amazing. Guess it got stuck st the bud stage. Sometime in the future, someone is going to find a kidโ€™s scooter embedded half-way up one of our trees. ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Always love the subject of oysters as they give birth after an arduous process of irritants entering their domain to form a pearl! I love that oyster randomly attaching to the vine….

  11. They say oysters are aphrodisiac. I don’t know if this is true maybe It must be the pearls. Yah, why do they attach themselves on almost anything. I like the first shot, Tina.

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  14. Such an interesting subject, Tina. I didn’t know Oysters filter over a gallon of water per hour! These are great photos, and the info is fun to read. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Some interesting images, Tina! You’ve reminded me that it’s a long time since I’ve eaten an oyster….sad, because I used to lve them. But these days I’m wary of shellfish

  17. Yum! Looking for some lemon juice and horseradish…. (My parents took me to the farmer’s market after church to slurp up raw oysters from the fishermen in Santa Cruz. So fresh, so clean tasting — and filtering all that pollution doesn’t seem to affect that.)

  18. Oh, Tina–you asked the very question I had: How did that oyster wind up in the tree? We have had several oyster farms here in the Gulf, but they were very damaged from the storms we had. From what I have read in our local newspaper, there was a lot of money lost in the farms. Slowly, they are coming back. This was a wonderful post.

    • Thanks Lois – interesting that the storms had such an affect. The docks here are also among the first to be impacted so Iโ€™m sure the storms caught us too. Thanks for stopping by!


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