National Geographic : 1970 Dec
Fine willows, new rushes, for whom are you so green? TU FU (A.D . 712-770) And the answer comes: For those who have eyes to see. Such visual magic can be seen in almost any pond. Harry Yen discovered this spiky curtain of cattails at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D. C. Long since have I marveled How of ten thousand creatures there is not one But has its tune OU-YANG HSIU (A.D . 1007-1072) The "tunes" of these two creatures came as a surprise to the photog rapher. Finding the Eastern box turtle in a wood near his home in Silver Spring, Maryland, he introduced it to a little frog sitting on a lotus leaf in his backyard pond. Unexpectedly, the slow moving turtle kept walking out of camera range, while the frog sat immobile through a five-hour picture session, winning the friendship of Mrs. Yen, who named it "Nancy." The Fragile Beauty All About Us PHOTOGRAPHS BY HARRY S. C . YEN National Geographic Staff sense of the poetry in living things. An appreci ation of beauty in the small and ordinary. A quietness of mind that permits the patience to create. To such qualities Harry S.C. Yen brings unusual skill with camera and light. The result: this portfolio of extraordinary photographs. Born in Hangchow, China, Mr. Yen joined the Geo graphic photographic laboratory staff in 1964. In cap turing nature on film, he uses a Nikon camera with a Micro-Nikkor and other lenses, augmenting sunlight with high-speed flash for dramatic effect. Harry Yen hopes his pictures will serve an anti pollution purpose by arousing new appreciation of nature. A young woman in Indiana expressed the same thought recently when she wrote the Geo graphic: "Seeing what a beautiful earth I live on has encouraged me to take better care of it." Terrapene carolina carolina and Rana clamitans melanota Ektachrome (Typha, opposite) and Kodachrome © N.G.S .