Sunday, March 21, 2010

Macro Monday Sand Dollar

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This tiny sand dollar survived a trip from Maine last year and has managed to survive being tossed from place to place awaiting its moment to shine. I'm really bad about actually taking photos of objects that are in my possession. My son has learned not to eat a heart shaped doughnut (or walmart cupcake) that has been sitting around for a while - it may take me a year to finally get to it. lol

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So this little sand dollar has been very tolerant of my procrastination. Now that I've recorded it it will probably crumble. It's less than the size of a quarter - very small!

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I'm amazed that the dust from its journeys shows up!

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Macro Monday is easy to play, snap a macro (or any close-up) photo, post it on your blog and come back here and sign MckLinky.  Don't forget to visit each other.  :)


45 comments:

  1. I don't think I've ever seen one that small. Even tiny, it has a lot of detail on it!

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  2. So pretty! I love that you've saved it all this time. And if I were around, any cupcakes or donuts would not await your lens! Yes, I've written about food today. I can hardly believe I'm coveting your imaginary cupcakes and donuts after the day we had!

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  3. Sand dollars have just the sweetest pattern. Nice shot!

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

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  4. Such lovely detail! Gorgeous shot!

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  5. Beautiful! So delicate and gorgeous..intricate and soft texture...love it! Great synchronicity..i just receievd one as a gift yesterday! Cool!

    Kiki~

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  6. I love tiny sand dollars! I've collected a few precious ones myself! This reminds me of a beautiful passage in one of Pat Conroy's books (I believe it was "Lords of Discipline") where two characters took long walks on the beach vying to find the smallest sand dollar of the day.

    You've inspired me to photograph my sand dollars.

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  7. Wow, that are great macro pictures..beautiful pattern too!

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  8. Wonderful shots Lisa!
    I hope it doesn't crumble but if it does make sure to take photos of the little doves inside. They are probably very tiny -perfect macro subjects. :)

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  9. Hi Lisa
    Very good macro shots.

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  10. Wow great one Lisa.

    Have a lovely day and springtime

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  11. beautiful... I love sand dollars!

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  12. I always loved finding sand dollars, and I'm so amazed at the delicate markings on them. Great find Lisa.
    B.

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  13. Very nice close ups/macros! I have a few of those, too!

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  14. Very nice close ups/macros! I have a few of those, too, they came from Florida though

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  15. There is something so magical about finding a sand dollar intact. :)

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  16. Oh I love the details in your photos!

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  17. I love sand dollars and you've managed to get such great detail on this one.

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  18. I don't know what a "Sand Dollar" is, it looks pretty small because I first thought it was a pancake (with dust)) !

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  19. Great macro with many clear details.

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  20. I've never seen one of these before - great detail and it looks so fragile - its a wonder it holds together with all of those little piercings. Lisa could you tell me what are they made for?

    Many thanks
    Rosie

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  21. The intricacy of nature never ceases to amaze me. Such a tiny little creature, with such wonderful, symmetrical detail! And tough, too, by the sound of things. Lovely!

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  22. I love the detail, very pretty, how lovely that it's still intact!

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  23. What a beautiful design of the sand dollar, and great macro pic!

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  24. What a little wonder! As Keats said... A thing of beauty is a joy for ever..." :o)

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  25. That, my friend is quite a macro shot when you can see the dust! I love sand dollars!

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  26. Hi Lisa! I am always amazed seeing sand dollars close-up - and your photos make it much easier than using my own eyeballs these days! I posted a picture of live starfishes today. Couldn't get in quite so close but they are so interesting to me. (still got that macro lens on my wish list :) PS - I've started a new blog... keeping Life in Short Lane, but thought The Travel Belles suited Macro Monday better!

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  27. Spectacular detail. I love sand dollars. Your photos bring back such pleasant memories of my kids collecting them and lining the window sill to dry their collection!

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  28. wow that's small, i remember somewhere my kids would collect them, but they were bigger and white...same pattern...you caught all the details...

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  30. Beautiful! You got all the details to show up really well!

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  31. It's a tough little sand dollar. Has been waiting and waiting for its 15 minutes of fame. :o)

    Great shots, Lisa! I love the detail, and you chose a great background for it too.

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  32. Wonderful macro, I love the colours and composition :)

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  33. Simple, yet elegant in that simplicity. I like the red background in the first two shots and the detail (including the dust) in the last. Welcome to the world of finding dust when you greatly enlarge as in scanning a 35mm frame.

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  34. You see, *this* is why I love macros. I see more than I ever can see with my eyes and I am always blown away with your macros. Thank you for the view!

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  35. You can preserve it by dipping it in a mixture of white glue and water. Thin the glue with water until the mixture is thin enough to drip off after you dip the sanddollar. Put it on wax paper (so it won't stick) to dry.
    It will still be fragile but not as much so. You can also redip it a few times to give it even more of a protective coating.

    As for the dust - DON'T WASH IT! As soon as it gets wet it will crumble like a cookie. Use a small paint brush and try to brush as much dust off as possible before you dip it in the glue mixture.

    The good news is that if it does break you'll be left with the beautiful little doves that live inside.

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  36. The details are extraordinary. These critters always amaze me. Nature is marvel.

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  37. Lisa, awesome macro the color contrast is great it sets off the details in the sand dollar and BTW the detail is very very cool!

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  38. I've never managed to find one of these in one piece. Close, but not quite. I love the ultra-tight detail shot, it almost looks like stitching of some kind. Amazing work.

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  39. That is really cool! Have you ever broken one open and looked at the little "doves" inside? There are little pieces of shell inside that do look like dove's wings.

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