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The Hidden Land - Sleeping Giants by Aileen David
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Here’s another instalment tour into The Hidden Land.
As before, this collection features rocks and minerals highlighting their unique properties and formations. I always try to take as macro a shot as I can without loosing too much information about my subjects. With this series, I was handicapped as the specimens were behind glass cases; they were taken at the Australian Museum. I also only had what light was available there so positioning myself to get the best angles was key to capturing the images I wanted.

Giants; I see their faces…can you see them?

Microcline Feldspar
Microcline (KAlSi3O8) is an important igneous rock-forming tectosilicate mineral. It is a potassium-rich alkali feldspar. Microcline typically contains minor amounts of sodium. It is common in granite and pegmatites. Microcline forms during slow cooling of orthoclase; it is more stable at lower temperatures than orthoclase. Sanidine is a polymorph of alkali feldspar stable at yet higher temperature. Microcline may be clear, white, pale-yellow, brick-red, or green; it is generally characterized by cross-hatch twinning that forms as a result of the transformation of monoclinic orthoclase into triclinic microcline. Microcline may be chemically the same as monoclinic orthoclase, but because it belongs to the triclinic crystal system, the prism angle is slightly less than right angles; hence the name “microcline” from the Greek “small slope.” It is a fully ordered triclinic modification of potassium feldspar and is dimorphous with orthoclase. Microcline is identical to orthoclase in many physical properties; it can be distinguished by x-ray or optical examination; viewed under a polarizing microscope, microcline exhibits a minute multiple twinning which forms a grating-like structure that is unmistakable.
from: Wikipedia

My name is Aileen and I’m a mother, photographer and yoga teacher. I specialize in macro and close-up photography. I love capturing the tiny and revealing their beauty and uniqueness. There is so much beauty right under our noses if we only took the time to really look. Details in texture and the behavior of light and shade on the small scale is so fascinating for me. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did capturing them.

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  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 5 years ago

    I think I can see six!

  • (lol) yup, I see six two :)
    Thanks Mike!

    – Aileen David

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 5 years ago

    Greetings Aileen; Great shot, looks like the side of a mountain!
    steve

  • Hi Steve! Thanks :)

    – Aileen David

  • hugo
    hugoover 5 years ago

    interest factor huge, good work

  • …that’s one I haven’t heard yet, THANK YOU :)

    – Aileen David

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayabout 5 years ago

    I see them! Great work on this Hidden Land series Aileen, I have enjoyed them all very much that I’ve seen so far :O)

  • …this sliped through…sorry for the late reply*;)*
    Thanks all the same! I’m enjoying it so much as well*:)*

    – Aileen David

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezabout 5 years ago

    wow. i love your series.. been looking thourhg all of these amazing treasures. you do a phenomenal job with that camera . macro is the hardest medium I think.. this rocks! :)

  • Thank you Isa! That’s such a great compliment and wonderful encouragement and support, I appreciate it. I’ve got more coming soon*:)*

    – Aileen David

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