Tiny fossils

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Comments (11)

Marilyn Whiteley on January 27, 2008

Aw, Ryan, are you going to make us identify them for ourselves? Attractive shot as well as interesting. Marilyn

Ryan Calhoun on January 28, 2008

Thanks for visiting, Gerry and Marilyn! There are rocks all over like this, with tiny shapes all pressed on top of one another. For comparison, the spiral is the size of a quarter, and this isn't the closest shot I took.


Lilypon on January 28, 2008

Ryan your new lens must be such a joy for you! Thank you for sharing such a minute treasure with us. :)

Ryan Calhoun on January 28, 2008

Pam, it's much sharper than any of my zoom lenses, quite a bit faster, and the focal length is a good compromise for everything except wide-angle shots. So the macro focus range is really just a really cool bonus, and I find myself using more often for non-macro shots like landscapes and portraits. Interesting that it costs less than either my wide or telephoto zoom lenses.

I think I mentioned to you once before about fossil seashells in the rocks. They're just lying about all over the place in these hills. Easier to step on them than to see them, really. :)

Cheers, Ryan

Jessica G. on January 28, 2008

I had to spend a long time looking at this Ryan, there's so much tiny detail!

Ryan Calhoun on January 29, 2008

Thanks Jessica! I'm happy you like it.

©junebug on January 29, 2008

What an interesting picture, Ryan! I also spent a long time looking at the enlarged version. You captured so many details! It's a great shot! Greetings, Anne

Margrit M. Berger (S… on January 30, 2008

Hi Ryan, thank you for this photo! What a surprise and how very interesting! I hope, you take some more photos of those. I remember you telling me before in connection with Hoene Springs about the fossils and spiral shells.

Greetings, May

Ryan Calhoun on January 30, 2008

Hi Anne and May! I'm glad you enjoyed the photo. Yes, there are plenty more unusual rocks and fossils lying around, but they will probably have to wait until springtime.

I'm also glad to hear that it stands up at full size. I'm not used to the razor-thin depth of field that comes with a macro shot, and all the places on the rock that aren't perfectly flat fall out of focus.

Greetings, Ryan

© LK Kelley on February 3, 2008

Hi, Ryan. A sea shell - in MISSOURI! Wow! Proves that area must have been under the ocean/sea at one time, I guess.

Love it!

Ryan Calhoun on February 5, 2008

Thanks Smiley! Limestone is a sedimentary rock, made when calcite is super-compressed. The most common source of calcite in limestone is seashells which are eroded to dust in an evaporated sea bed. So weather it contains seashell fossils or not, all limestone marks the site of some ancient sea or flood.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on January 27, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ryan Calhoun
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
    • Taken on 2007/12/25 12:47:04
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 60.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.67 EV
    • No flash