August 4, 2010

Cheap and Easy Art: Lichen and Fern Photos


I have a little point and shoot camera that is on its last leg but it has a really good macro setting.  It takes up close shots much better than my bigger, more expensive camera and so it often finds itself riding in a pocket when I’m venturing outside. 

Last spring I took some shots while I was running in a wooded area behind our house.  Yes, that was me with the camera shoved into my sports bra (TMI?).  I had the pictures printed at Costco, which is ridiculously cheap and easy.  If you have a Costco card and you’re not using their online photo service, you should be.  I bought some IKEA frames that come with plain, white mats and voila, instant art.

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The top two photos of are of young, curled up fern fronds otherwise known as fiddle heads.  The bottom pictures are of lichen, a moss-like mix of fungus and a photosynthesizer like algae.  It comes in a myriad of colors from neon green to light blues.

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