Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500.

A winged ant sits fossilized in 15 million year old Dominican amber.

[Apple iPhone 4s - $300]

Is enlisting the new iPhone 4s for Thrifty Thursday cheating? I'm not sure. I try to stick below my self-induced $500 threshold. But, how to price a piece of equipment with a monthly data plan? The real cost of an iPhone is surely higher than list, buried behind details of the service contract. For this week, at least, I consider it fair game.

Amber looks beautiful in soft backlighting. Capturing this image was as easy as holding the piece in front of an LCD monitor set to full white and taking a quick snap with my new phone.