• This is about 1/2 an inch, or about 1 and 1/4 centimeters.

Star Sand

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Canon EOS 50D, Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro, ISO 100, manual mode, ƒ/16, 4s, manual focus; tripod, sand on black velvet, available light. PP'd to reveal detail in Aperture 3 and Photoshop.

This star sand comes from Hoshizuna beach, Yaeyama Islands, in Okinawa. It is made up of the exoskeletons of tiny organisms called foraminifers — marine protozoa that once lived on the ocean floor. This composition gives it a unique look and texture found in very few places in the world.

  1. W9JIM 29 months ago | reply

    Pretty cool. I'd like a bit of that, just because it's so unusual. I wonder what if feels like to walk on?

    BTW, I was looking for an old photo of mine and noticed a comment you had made, so I popped over.

  2. fyngyrz 29 months ago | reply

    Well, greetings and salutations. :)

    It just feels like sand. It's crunchy, that's the main thing I noticed. They're really small, so you don't sense the irregularities any more than you do with regular sand, which can also be (at this scale) pretty rough. But you can hear them breaking, which is kinda sad.

    I have heard you can buy this on EBay; lemme take a look... yah, here is an auction (obviously link is only good for a few days)

  3. W9JIM 29 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the link! That stuff is expensive! :-O

  4. fyngyrz 29 months ago | reply

    Yeah... on the other hand, consider the cost of a trip to Okinawa... you want to have another reason to be there. :)

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