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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-20
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon Macro Lens EF 100mm 1:2.8 L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/25 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-20 16:40
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Points: 14
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Petrified Wood

I have to thank Rick Price (Adanac) for allowing me to try out his Macro Lens. I'm having so much fun using it, as it opens up a whole new world.

This is a Macro of Petrified Wood with fossilized tree sap which has turned into Chalcedony, a type of rock. Chalcedony has a waxy luster, and may be semitransparent or translucent. It can assume a wide range of colors, but those most commonly seen are white to gray, grayish-blue or a shade of brown ranging from pale to nearly black.

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  • Great 
  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-20 17:10]

Hello Janice,
I am here again.
Great macro.
A subject very well and played great.
A top composition, congratulations.
Many regards,

Hello Janice,
Well I see you are attempting to steal my show here on TN. I thought I was the only one posting fossils? But now, I guess I will allow you to show-(show) your work of this fossilized wood. It is an interesting specimen as it appears to have been burned sometime in its past. Macro work here is rather good for low light, if you have a chnace to fashion a piece of aluminum between two thin stakes it will act as a mirror and illuminate the scene in a brighter conditional state, and will help in picking up the tiniest of details.
You must have a collection of fossilized wood and fossils near where you live as I remember you telling me there is an abundant supply laying wherever one chooses to walk. I have to drive 3 hours to really have a chance on discovering a good specimen, but I guess that is the fun of exploring new regions of one's backyard.
Hope you are doing good and that the weekend is fruitful for your lens.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-03-20 18:39]

Hola Janice.
Not to easy to find such a great fossilized pice of wood during these days, You sure did a great work here with Rick's Lens. Please say Hi to him for Me.
TFS Jancie.

Hi MCF Janice,

Magnificent job with the Rick's lens! The focus looks absolutely superb that we can almost all details clearly of the fossilized sap, very well composed and exposed.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!


Hi Janice!

Be careful, once you have started to take pictures with a macro lens, this easily becaomes an incurable illness...


I like the patterns of the petrified wood very much and it is amazing to see what nature does. I wonder how these patterns and shapes would act in a picture with an even closer look.

Kind regards


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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-03-21 16:59]

Hi Janice,

It's great to see more of your "new world"! Very intriguing photo! Such an interesting and unusual pattern. The bottom portion kind of looks like a frog. Very well taken. Although I took a course in geology one time, I've never gone looking for fossils. I have run across petrified wood before, but I never thought to take a picture of it. I think I need to start looking a bit more closely at our world, and doing some macro recording of my own. TFS.

See you,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-03-23 11:15]

Hello Janice,
A very interesting photo you have posted giving us a glimpse into another aspect of natures wonders. You photo shows excellent detail and natural coloration. Wonderfully composed with just the right exposure.
I have to admit I never knew that sap would fossilize, I suppose I never gave it much thought. I have only seen petrified wood once, and that was in the Bad Lands.
I can sense from your excitement that you can't wait to get out and find more interesting things to photograph. I'll be looking forward to those shots in the future. TFS.

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