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Michaelaw
03-02-2010, 10:21 AM
Once in a while on my photo walks down at Deer Lake I see the now familiar face of a wonderful old timer. All the regulars on the paths and trails seem to know him and when one comes across the old gent, he's usually chatting with someone. Yesterday I found him slightly off the trail in a field standing next to an old, hollowed out cedar fence post. He looked up, saw me and motioned me over saying " Come and see what I have in this old piece of wood" The old cedar post is roughly a foot in diameter, five feet high and is hollowed out from the top down about two feet. Inside the post, the old guy had discovered a whole community of lichens and moss.


http://www.redzonefilms.com/pics2/lichen.jpg


This old guy, must be in his late seventies, early eighties with hearing aids in both ears. Of late he carries a small Canon g11 camera as he claims that at his age, one needs something light that will fit in a pocket. Without this old guy calling me over, I would have walked right past this post and never discovered the life within. I did the best I could hand held with my 105mm macro but vowed to return with my tripod over the next while. Thanks Old timer:thumbup:

Mad Aussie
03-02-2010, 03:40 PM
Very cool shot and very cool story and title to go along with it!!

Michaelaw
03-02-2010, 04:35 PM
Thanks MA

Bambi
03-02-2010, 08:36 PM
I agree with MA on this. Love the story.

Michaelaw
03-02-2010, 10:43 PM
Thanks...Before he acquired the little canon, I would always see him with binoculars, he never mentioned cameras or photography. Turns out he has a wealth of photographic knowledge shooting film for many years, both large and medium format. he said I'd understand the need for a small camera when I got to be his age:) Just a gem of a man with a wealth of knowledge going well beyond photography. If he's up for it, I'll try for a portrait or two in the future.

Mad Aussie
03-02-2010, 10:46 PM
Sounds like a fascinating character! :)

casil403
03-02-2010, 10:57 PM
Wow...would love to meet someone like that...how fortunate you are...and such neat shots of the Dr. Seuss lichen. :)
I got that name from Greg a while back when I captured some....he said they reminded him of "Horton Hears a Who". :D

Mad Aussie
03-02-2010, 11:05 PM
Horton ... great description for those!! :)

Michaelaw
03-02-2010, 11:10 PM
I mentioned that I thought they bore a resemblance to the antenna on Shrek's head:D

Mad Aussie
03-02-2010, 11:19 PM
I mentioned that I thought they bore a resemblance to the antenna on Shrek's head:D
Also a good comparison :)

And those aren't antenna's on Shrek ... they are his ears :headslap:

Michaelaw
03-02-2010, 11:35 PM
You're correct...Gotta ease up on the Star Trek reruns. :D