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The desert rose

The desert rose
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Copyright: Joanna Wieczorek (cafecrem) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1201 W: 60 N: 1392] (9248)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-16
Categories: Desert
Camera: Olympus 740UZ
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/6 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Crystals and Minerals, Minerals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-17 3:48
Viewed: 5526
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I made this photo yesterday in my job. As I wrote I'm working at the University of Łódź,in the Faculty of Geography. We have got here wonderful Museum!
The Geological Museum of the faculty of Geographical Sciences of the University of Lodz has very interesting minerals. Scientific and programme activities are to be carried out by the education council consisting of the specialist in the field of geology, mineralogy, petrography, chemistry, physics, geography, environment protection, as well as practitioners i.e. museum curators.

The main aim of the museum are: to propagate knowledge about the Earth, about the history of the development of life, about elements of inanimate natural objects and their cognitive, didactic and aesthetic values.
The Museum also intends to host school excursions and provide scientific information for identification of minerals and rocks, conduct expeditions in the territory of Central Poland, give classes of geology, mineralogy, cristalography, petrography and mineral recources.
The Museum possesses rock, minerals and fossils from defferent part of the world. Among the 8 000 items in the museum there are minerals and rocks of unique value and beauty!

I invite YOU to our museum, in Łódź :-))))
I will post minerals from my job from time to time on TN.

About this roses:
Barite Rose Rock clusters can run from small two roses to as large as hundreds of roses. The larger clusters can weigh hundreds of pounds. It is amazing how such creations can be formed and hidden beneath our hardened soil.

Some clusters of rose rock form interesting shapes which, with a little imagination, resemble hollow logs, Mickey Mouse heads, turtles, poodles, bird nests, tiny wreaths with an open center, hearts, and butterflies. Unfortunately, these formations are rare and are usually found among the fine-petalled roses.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-17 3:59]

Hi Joanna, your job sounds very interesting, and I do hope you will post more items from it. These Rose Rock clusters certainly do look like roses. Amazing what is in the earth. Thank you for bringing this to us to see.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-17 4:03]

Great note Joanna and great subject. But something is wrong with your photo, I don't exactly know what ;-) Looks weird to me ;-) The only reason of its present state is, I think, something wrong with e-mail client because at home it looked different. 2pts for photo I saw yesterday at home.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-17 4:10]

A great post Joanna: picture and note. You seem to have a nice work at the University of Łódź, thanks for the invitation... I will be there tomorrow ;-) just kidding. I have never been the other side of the pound, like Robert wrote.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-02-17 5:19]
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Interesting roses and beautiful. never thought to see something like this. In my first instant when I saw the tumb nail, I thought it was chocolate. :D It sound like your got a very interesting job there, I am sure dealing with rocks and stone is always better then dealing with grumpy people. :P I can't wait to see what other minerals you are going to show. Well done girl!!! Oh, and thanks for the invitation, love to go... got a link?

Nice shot!
Very interesting subject with nice shape and colours. The sharpness isn't maybe perfect, but I like it very much.
Well done!

Joanna, These are very interesting looking Barite rock clusters here..I like the imagination part of your note decribing how these formations can resemble certain things..especially the reference to "Mickey Mouse"! ;-) TFS!!

Excelent posting and interesting note. Are these found near the sea or out in the mainland?
Here, where I live, geologists are often seen. Manitoulin Island is rocky which is part of the Niagra Escarpment.
Excelent presentation and composition.


Nice shot, soft focus doesn't disturb much. Nice soft colours.
Well done.

Hi Joanna. It is a very interesting subject you posted here. I like to see it to compare to my Rose of the desert post (a mushroom posted recently). I think this is far from your best quality posted until now. All the shot seems to be out of focus and with too much USM, and quite overexposed. Also first white little frame has some bright red and dark black parts not pleasant for my sight. Hope I am not too critic, but I think it is the way to improve and to know what other people really think.
By the way, you should better write Lodz with english characters, otherway this is what we see: Łódź :DDDD
Thanks for posting and best wishes.

I agree with Felipe, once you have set a standard a photo like this one stands out. The overall idea was nice, but not executed right. I think the main reason for this photo being blurred is the very large aperture setting and slow shutterspeed(F2.7). When one drops to slow shutterspeed a good tripod is a must. A smaller aperture (F8) would have given you a larger DOF and more details in focus too. I would like to see you re-try this though it looks very interesting.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-02-17 13:54]

Fajnie opowiadasz ( u mnie w angielskim łatwiej czytać niż pisać)i niezwykły eksponat prezentujesz.Kolory, detale - wszystko ok.Dobra robota.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-02-17 14:01]

Hi Joanna, Nice 'n pink ones, not sandy coloured roses. Nice note and a good picture to teach us more of the geological wonders of our world - TFS

Hi Joanna unusual rock formation you posted here. I reckon you must have been pretty close to the sample as the focus seems rather shallow. The overall effect is pleasant and your notes always make for an interesting read...well done.

Joanna, as always, another artistic shot. Something grabbed my attention: 1/6? Did you use a tripod? I'm curious about that; after all, I wouldn't be able to take a handheld picture by using 1/6.

Nice composition, beautiful colors.

By the way: Sting has a song called "Desert Rose". I like it a lot.

Very interesting note and photo. You would have plenty to talk about with a friend of mine who has been a miner all his life and is always very interested in rocks and rock formations, minerals, etc. He knows so much about these types of formation he is like having a walking/talking encyclopedia around. I know he would be really interested to visit your museum. I would too of course, but it is always especially interesting to those who have work in a related field.

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  • ian Gold Star Critiquer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-02-24 5:11]

Halo Joanna
Very good photo. I like.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-02-28 13:25]

Wonderful shot,your note is useful understand the shot.The title is perfect.Would look forward to such interesting shots in future.

What interesting stones! The colors and lighting are beautiful.


Hello Joanna,

I love minerals, so I enourage anyone who publishes minerals pictures.
That one is very good, but there's a little mistake in the note : this is not barite (BaSO4), but gypsum (CaSO4 - 2H2O) as long as sand roses are the result of evaporation.
Thanks for sharing, I expect other posts like that one !


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