I Heart Macro – Lichen & Giveaway Winners

Its time for another I Heart Macro Sunday!  And we also have a winner for the giveaway!!!  But first the macro shots.  (If you just want to skip to the winners (he-he),  scroll down about half way)!

Lichen

We live in a beautiful woodsy area in western Washington state.  Dry, almost hair-like lichen is a common sight here,  Sometimes it hangs off the forest branches like a veil. Lichen does not flourish in areas with a great deal of pollution, so it is a sign of a healthy environment to find it so abundantly here.

lichen

lichen

According to Backyard Nature:

Lichens are not plants. They are “composite organisms” made up of two, or maybe three, completely different kinds of organisms. It’s as if you combined an animal such as a dog with a plant such as an oak, maybe with a fungus thrown in as well, and ended up with something very different from animal, plant or fungus. Something that was its own thing, with its own identity and manner of being.

Every lichen species is part fungus. Usually the other  species is a photosynthesizing alga, but sometimes it can be a photosynthesizing bacterium known as a cyanobacterium. Sometimes all three kinds of organisms are found in one lichen.

Washington State Lichen

Pacific Northwest Lichen

A scientist who studies lichens is called a lichenologist.  I never even knew such a field existed – did you?

Lichen in Western WA State

Pacific Northwest Lichen

According to Lichen Biology and the Environment:

Lichens grow in the leftover spots of the natural world that are too harsh or limited for most other organisms. They are pioneers on bare rock, desert sand, cleared soil , dead wood, animal bones, rusty metal, and living bark. Able to shut down metabolically during periods of unfavorable conditions, they can survive extremes of heat, cold, and drought.

Washington State Lichen

Lichen in my backyard

Most lichens grow very, very slowly, often less than a millimeter per year, and some lichens are thought to be among the oldest living things on Earth. Lichens with known, slow growth rates, like Rhizocarpon geographicum, have been used to estimate the dates of geological events such as the retreat of glaciers.

Washington State Lichen

Lichen in my backyard

Giveaway Winner

A big thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway!  Also a warm welcome goes out to everyone who liked my Facebook jewelry page, as part of this giveaway!  I had a lot of fun reading your comments!

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source: Pinterest

So Sari Earrings

The first part of the giveaway is for everyone who left a comment about the copper, lampwork and sari silk earrings.

copper, lampwork and sari silk earrings

So Sari Earrings

There were 115 entries for this giveaway!  And the winner is (drum roll please):  # 73 – Shannon Hollahan

The second part of the giveaway was for people who shared the link to the giveaway on their Facebook pages, on their blog or on Google+.

These people were eligible to win their choice of a pair of beautiful Athena Ancient Patina Copper Charms by Melinda Orr Designs or…..

Athena Ancient Patina Copper Charms

Athena Ancient Patina Copper Charms

…a hand-woven bracelet by me.

right angle weave bracelet

There were 62 entries for this part of the Giveaway.  The winner is: # 16 – Sarah Lyons

 (note: I tried to paste a screen shot of the random number generator here, but I was unable to do so successfully – computer klutz that I am…)

Congratulations to the winners!  Please contact me through Facebook or by clicking on the contact button on the right side margin on my blog!

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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I Heart Macro – Texture

sari silk cord on copper

sari silk earring

I’ve been experiementing  with adding fibers to my jewelry designs.  The contrast between the softness of sari silk and metal or glass is captivating.

The sari silk cording captures the eye with its brilliance and it adds another layer of texture over the richly patina’ed metal components by Melinda Orr Designs.  The smooth matte beads by Radiant Mind add still another surface texture.

twisted orange and pink threads

Sari silk earring

Patina'ed copper by Melinda Orr Designs

Patina'ed and embossed copper by Melinda Orr Designs

I love how these turned out, so I decided to share them with you in a giveaway tomorrow,  (Monday 3/26/12).  Come back tomorrow to see how you can enter to win.  Details will be here and on my Facebook page.

copper, sari silk and lampwork earrings

Sari silk earrings

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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I Heart Macro – Buds

“This bud’s for you!”  No, not that bud–flower buds! (sorry!)  Its that strange time of year when hints of spring are everywhere, but where we get snow, hail,  rain and even sunshine all in one day.

yellow flower buds

forsythia buds

flower buds

buds

fir tree

fir tree buds

cherry tree buds

cherry tree buds

cherry tree buds

Rhododendron buds

 

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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I Heart Macro – Pussy Willows

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

 

We had a huge storm here about a month ago.  Branches and trees blew down all over the city.  We live near a wetland area, where pussy willows grow large; happy to have their feet wet all the time.  Pussy willow branches broke off in the storm and littered the sides of our little country road.

6 pussy willow buds

Pussy willows at dawn

I discovered that even when pussy willows have been snapped off from the tree and even when they’ve laid on the ground for 2 or 3 weeks, the downed branches still have enough  life in them to put forth pussy willows and continue  the cycle of life.

 close up of 2 emerging pussywillow catkins

Pussy willow catkins

There is a lesson here for me.  Although at times I may feel broken by life’s storms; although I feel that pieces of me lay scattered on the ground; there is still life within me. I can summon that life to grow anew.  I can go on.

blooming pussy willows

Pussy willows with pollen

4 pussy willows with pollen

Pussy willows with pollen

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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I heart macro – Primroses

Primrose Love

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

My husband gave me a basket of primroses for Valentines Day.  He knows how much I love them.  They always give me hope that spring is around the corner and they help me get through the long, gray days of February.

flowers

flowers

Flowers

 

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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I heart macro – Snow

If you’re looking for the blog hop, it’s here: Copper Components Blog Hop

Snowmageddon 

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

The big snow storm that hit us in late January has affectionately been dubbed Snowmageddon in the press!  First we had 11 inches of snow in 24 hours, then we had freezing rain, which coated everything with a heavy layer of ice.

snow in treeThe ice was followed by a windstorm with gusts up to 60 mph.  Whole trees snapped under the weight of the ice and the force of the wind.

snow in treeThe ornamental cherry trees that line our long driveway were severely damaged.  A tree toppled down at the end of our road and landed on the overhead electrical wires.

downed tree in the roadWe were without electricity for 3 and a half days—brrr!  We live in a rural area and are on well water, which is pumped to the house via an electric pump, thus we were without, heat, light, telephone, running water or flushing toilets for those 3 and a half days.  We were entirely snowed in for the first two days, so we couldn’t even drive to a warm restaurant for food.

snow in treesThe stuff in our freezer was melting, so my husband gathered up the thawing chicken, and made barbecued chicken soup!  Not many people can claim to have eaten barbecued soup!  He also made barbecued hot tea for us.  I took these pictures when the snow had just started.  My husband took the picture of the downed tree (admittedly not a macro shot), that zapped our electricity.

dog paw prints in the snow

Chochi has been here.

snow on a spent flower head

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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I heart macro – Snow Melt

Snow Melt

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I think this is one of the best pictures I have ever taken and I’m very happy to be able to share it with you today.

water drps on branch

Snow melt

 

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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I heart macro – Pinecones

Pine Cones

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I had these pine cones on display for Christmas.  I love their spiraling patterns and wanted to share them with you, for your Macro Sunday enjoyment.  And now that I’ve shared them, I can pack them away until next year.

 

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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I heart macro – Cactus

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

We have a large barrel cactus that we’ve had for over 20 years.  In the summer it sits out on the deck – hence the pine needles in some of the photos.  In the fall we haul it back indoors.

One time, many years ago, the woman who cleaned our home, accidentally backed into it while she was vacuuming.  She told me later that her husband wanted to know why she had so many pin pricks on her butt!  Believe me, she never made that mistake again!

barrel cactus

Center of the cactus with new growth.

barrel cactus

Caution: These hurt!

barrel cactus

Youch!

barrel cactus

Top of the barrel cactus

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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i heart macro – Snake Skin

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

My husband found a molted snake-skin in the garden.  All our snakes here are harmless and I am fascinated by the patterns formed by the scales.  I hope this doesn’t creep anyone out.

close up of scales on a snake skin.

molted snake-skin

close up of scales on a snake skin.

Molted snake-skin.

close up of scales on a snake skin.

Molted snake-skin.

close up of scales on a snake skin.

Molted snake-skin: the snake's head

Molted snake skin:  the entire snake

Molted snake-skin: the entire snake

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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