The Hidden Land - Buildings of Green by Aileen David

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This is the last batch of my The Hidden Land collection from the Australian Museum.

As before, these were shot at the Australian Museum’s collection of rocks and minerals; the handicaps and limitations of the shots are the same – behind glass cases and limited lighting. 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. Some post work was needed to bring out the textures and balance the lighting – Tone Curve, Saturation and Gamma.

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The name apophyllite refers to a specific group of phyllosilicates, a class of minerals that also includes the micas. Originally, the group name referred to a specific mineral, but was redefined in 1978 to stand for a class of minerals of similar chemical makeup that comprise a solid solution series, and includes the members fluorapophyllite, hydroxyapophyllite, and natroapophyllite. The name apophyllite is derived from the Greek apophylliso, meaning “it flakes off,” a reference to this class’s tendency flake apart when heated, due to water loss. These minerals are typically found as secondary minerals in holes in basalt or other igneous rocks. They can also be called “fisheye stone”.Though relatively unfamiliar to the general public, apophyllites are fairly prevalent around the world, with specimens coming from some of the world’s most well-known mineral localities. These localities include: Poona, India; the Harz Mountains of Germany, Mont Saint-Hilaire in Canada, and Kongsberg, Norway, with other locations in Scotland, Ireland, Brazil, Japan, and throughout the United States.Apophyllites are popular as collector’s minerals. This popularity is due to a combination of factors, including their abundance, color variety, and well-defined crystals. Naturally forming pyramidal structures, they refract light in obvious rainbows, and can form “natural pyramids” when subjected to rock tumbling.

from: Wikipedia


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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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  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous coloured mineral, great title, just a great series Aileen! :O)

  • Thanks so much Vanessa!
    You were quick on the draw and I’m still struggling to catch up with my activity list! (lol)

    – Aileen David

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayover 4 years ago

    Just popped back on after dinner and you were first up with a new work in My Bubble and I am always so delighted to see each one of these, couldn’t resist checking it out straight away, I reckon a whole wall of them would be amazing!!

  • greenstone
    greenstoneover 4 years ago

    wonderful shot! wonderful subject!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks Georgie, I think so too*:)*

    – Aileen David

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    beautiful shot

  • Thank you Justart*:)*

    – Aileen David

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 4 years ago

    i love your macros of these hidden worlds.. things we dont stop to look at…. you have given us a great gift with them

  • Thank you very much Isa, your words as both a comfort and a source of encouragement. Sometimes I feel reluctant for fear of people getting tired of them. But I feel bouyed by you and others’ kind words and support.

    – Aileen David

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Beautiful macro and, as usual, an outstanding write up to go with it. Lovely job, Aileen!

  • Thank you Mike. I’m really glad my friends are enjoying these as much as I am.

    – Aileen David

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 4 years ago

    Greetings Aileen; Beautiful shapes, patterns and color. Nice one.

  • Hi Steve! Thanks for adding this to your favourites, I truely appreciate it*:)*

    – Aileen David

  • mandyemblow
    mandyemblowover 4 years ago

    Apophylite is my favorite :) very nice image :) add it straight to my fav’s

  • Thanks Amanda!

    – Aileen David

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