Friday, August 14, 2009

Looking closely

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Snails on a beach in Maine - I’m totally missing Maine - seems like forever that I’ve been editing my vacation photos!


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I was enamored by the starfish (if you couldn’t already tell), even ones left up on the rocks after the tide went out. I felt as sorry for them as I did our ducks last winter - the ducks missing the water the city had drained out of their area.


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I’m not sure what was going on in this shallow water. I know it’s a starfish and one of those weird water-worm/snake things. I wondered if the worm-thing (technical term) was trying to eat the starfish but I really have no clue. I’ve already showed you how slow the starfish moves - I’m betting lots of things eat them!


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The starfish seem to not care what they are “walking” on - but the snails and barnacles don’t seem to mind either.


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My son, Haden, was an expert at finding the minute stars! Several times we thought he had found one with a missing “leg”, only to see the star in the water with all 5 points. Odd.


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See, this is the same starfish - all “legs” in tact.


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They are so magical! They appear soft and squishy, maybe even slimy, but they aren’t. They are kinda hard, like a crab, not quite that hard, but rough to the touch, not slimy at all.


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This is the underside of a starfish - he’s still trying to move, as the water comes in and out, the star floats then lands, wiggles, floats, then lands. . .


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If you look close, in the pools left on the beach, you will find all kinds of life. Just have a little patience, sit and watch, then you’ll notice movement and discover something new.


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In this photo alone, there’s a starfish, barnacles, many snails, and many “bugs” and some slugs. . .



Camera Critters


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Beautiful, even in death.

27 comments:

  1. Love the little starfish! So different than what we see in the Gulf.

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  2. What terrific shots Lisa! So neat and interesting too! Thanks for sharing all the beauty with us :-)

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  3. The starfish are amazing! You know living near the beach we very rarely came across them over the past 10 years then last week, Zak found three at once! Weird!

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  4. You do some amazing photography! Awesome. I was surprised at how small they were!

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  5. These are absolutely stunning!

    My little girl saw the starfish and immediately said, "Patrick!" She's a Spongebob fan.

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  6. Beautiful, id love to shot a great macro on the tiny star!

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  7. These are wonderful. These stars have personality. Those little ones are amazing.

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  8. Ach! I am glad I didn't see any of those worm thingys (technical term of my own). ;0)

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  9. beautiful photos... the starfish are different than the one's I see here in SC (and I don't see them except down at the south end of coastal barrier islands. The shades of pink are amazing.

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  10. Starfish are a favorite of mine! Gorgeous shots!

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  11. i love that teeny tiny one!!

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  12. Fantastic shots,
    so little and so beautiful :)
    The tiny star is a BEAUTY...

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  13. Great starfish, really nice photographs

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  14. very pretty beach life sandy

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  15. These are really interesting and great photos, I liked the very small starfish.

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  16. Fantastic series of critters!
    Just adorable!
    Happy camera critters
    Luna

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  17. That starfish is so tiny, so cute. I have to wonder how they gather the strength to move in strong currents. I bet many are left behind. Hope all is well.

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  18. Love these! another amazing ones.

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  19. I know what you mean -- I'm still editing my stuff from Topsail and I was only there 3 days!

    Phenomenal captures here Lisa.

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  20. love your starfish shots, they are so full of life.

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  21. The starfish are adorable! My kids are too busy playing in the waves to look in tide pools. Maybe I ought to show them these photos!

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  22. They are so tiny! From a few of those angles I would have never guessed they were that small. Very cool shots, especially the last one with all of those different wonders in it.

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  23. Really wonderful photos ... and I would have never guessed they were so teeny tiny.

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  24. I'm so enamored with the tiny ones. I'm going to be in ME for a couple of days in October. I hope I get to see them. No idea if they are there more in the summer or not. (My pictures won't be as good, and even with your encouragement,I'll have a fear of holding them.)

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