Friday’s Photo

Although it seems like a life time ago, I was a marine biology major in college. My first job after graduation was studying and identifying the different types of Plankton in the surrounding waters of Nantucket. For three glorious Summers I worked and lived at one of the most beautiful spots on the Island at a research facility called the Nantucket Field Station. Since the 1960’s several thousand scientists and students have called this special place on Nantucket home.

I absolutely loved my time there so I was super excited when I was invited to a reunion of the Nantucket Field Station Scientists. It happened last weekend and it was so much fun to get my head out of design for awhile and re-immerse myself in science. The Field Station is still going strong and the research they are doing is amazing. If you are interested you can check out their website here.

While taking a tour of the grounds I was blown away by the most amazing sight of color and pattern. Lucky me that I happen to be accompanied by a microbiologist who identified what I saw as a lichen called Xanthoria parietina.

 Xanthoria parietina

Xanthoria parietina

Ever since I was a kid I have loved both science and art. Seeing this golden lichen growing on a brick wall brought it all together for me because for this moment in time they were one and the same.

Have a great weekend everyone!

7 Responses to Friday’s Photo
  1. yvonne@designvignettes Reply

    Love this post, Linda! All of your career choices – scientist, photographer, designer – have “observation” as a common denominator, making you so good at what you do! -yvonne

    • Linda Holt Reply

      You are so kind to say those nice things Yvonne, thank you and have a good weekend!

  2. Kristie Barnett, TheDecorologist Reply

    Oh, Nantucket! I have never been to New England – someday!!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      I have an idea kristie…we have to talk Maria into a TCE reunion in New England. I’ll be the tour guide!

  3. Kristie Barnett, TheDecorologist Reply

    That sounds perfect, Linda!!!

  4. Kelly Reply

    I want to come too! 🙂 That photograph is so amazingly beautiful Linda! That would make a great piece of art for you!

  5. Linda Holt Reply

    Thanks Kelly. It would make a spectacular piece of art I agree.

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