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Close up picture of Ocean Quahog (Arctica islandica) shells on a sandy beach

October 17th, 2007 · 4 Comments

Close up picture of Ocean Quahog (Arctica islandica) shells on a sandy beach
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera October 11th 2007. Click image for larger view.

These shells are called Ocean Quahog (Arctica islandica) and I had to take a photo of them because I liked the way the pair was placed on the sandy beach.
In Norwegian we call them Cow-Shells, probably because of their beautiful red/brown color.
According to the Norwegian Wikipedia (the English version doesn’t have an article about ocean quahog shells) there have been found individuals of these shells that are as old as 220 years!

Check out my macro photo of a limpet shell.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway

Tags: Beach · Macro · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge · Shells

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 kml // Oct 17, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    Great macro shot!

    220 years old – I would love to see that one – must be huge!

  • 2 Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage // Oct 17, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    I love how the light looks in this photo. Great work!

  • 3 Bobbie // Oct 17, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    HI Thomas –

    You know I love macro shots of marine creatures. The shadows alongside the shells in this shot really enhance the image. Well done (again)!

  • 4 Susanne in Key West // Oct 18, 2007 at 5:58 am

    It is so pretty and simple and this makes the picture so beautiful. Great work Thomas, as always!