Mar 2, 2009

Macro Monday -- Sea Life


I don't have a macro lens anymore, so I can't get those super close shots, but I do enjoy getting up close and personal with my telephoto lens.

So I am going to play along with Lisa's Chaos Macro Monday! This first picture is what a sea anemone looks like when the tide rolls out and leaves it exposed to the world. 

I love how it tries to hide and protect itself with a bunch of ocean litter.

What kills me is that many visitors to the tide pools don't recognize that these clumps of broken shells are living creatures and they stomp all over them in their tennis shoes. Ouch!

I'll bet if they realized they were walking all over this lovely creature they would be much more careful!

34 comments:

Barb said...

I saw your macro on your other blog, too. Tide pools are beautiful! These are wonderful photos!

TJ said...

I can not imagine just how wonderful it would be to experience and learn about such creatures on a beach. We ahve bought a small place to winter in Corpus Texas and I plan to spend lots of time doing just that...experiencing and taking shots!
BEAUTIFUL!
TJ

Robin said...

What a great shot!
I wish I lived closer to the ocean.
Happy Monday!

Tom said...

Nice shots. I dont have a macro lens either, but u can get a set of close up filters/lenses which screws on to the front of your main lens allowing you some incredible macros

Rachael said...

those photos are beautiful, i love them.

K said...

Oh the memories you inspire! K, J, Su and I had great times hopping from rock to rock exploring the tide pools around the Monterey area. The aquarium had a great touch area, and we loved to watch the anemone close up in response to our tap. We would watch with eagle eyes to spy shells "walking" away, carried by hermit crabs. And someone always got soaked!
Great pictures, friend! Can't do that stuff so well with a point and shoot... :-)

Jen said...

Wow, what a cool photo!

Shangrila said...

What a beautiful photo! I also LOVE the bird graphic on your page!

VALKYRIEN said...

That is great shots! And I agree; it is sad that some people don't realize they are destroying living things just because they do not know or care!

Kelly Deneen said...

Amazing photos! It is sad that people don't realize what they are walking on - yikes!

June said...

So much life around us that we don't see...or think about. It really is incredible!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Sea creatures are amazing! And they make great macro subjects too!

CameoRoze said...

"ocean litter"
Excellent description. I never would have known it was alive. Thanks for teaching me my new thing for the day!

Lovin' Macro Mondays,
Cameo @-->-->---

CDB said...

I'm very envious of the telephoto.. and the proximity to your subjects! Lovely.

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous photos! Thank you for bringing the beach to me during our winter storm!

Tammie Lee said...

These are both wonderful, I can smell the sea, ummm

Debbie said...

I bet you are right! I didn't realize that was what I was seeing either:)

Jenni Jiggety said...

Amazing pictures!!!!

Jientje said...

What a great picture and such an amazing creature!!

The Blonde Duck said...

Save the tide pools! Save the critters!

mommaof4wife2r said...

beaut shots...and being from the midwest, i'd have no idea that they were alive unless i saw them move!

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

Amazing photo! They really are beautiful creatures!

blueviolet said...

I would definitely be more careful! Those photos are incredible!

lisaschaos said...

Wow! I learned something! :) I didn't know that but you can bet I'll keep it in mind next time I make it to a beach.

TattooedMinivanMom said...

Is this like where's waldo? I can't see it?

Honey Mommy said...

What a cool photo! I want to get a macro lens for my camera SO badly!

tommie said...

Those are great shots! What a treat to live so close to see these creatures.

A macro lens is on my wish list!

Octamom said...

Beautiful!

Blessings!

Live.Love.Eat said...

I never knew the broken clumps were living creatures.

KC Mom said...

Great photos! Thanks for visiting my blog today! :)

Jenners said...

Beautiful photos! Though I couldn't see the anenome in the first photo -- in the ocean litter -- but that is probably because I think I need bifocals!

Saundra@ItalianMamaGoneCrazy said...

I've been beach combing for 40 years and I learned something new today!

No way!!!!

tHAT WAS ENLIGHTENING!

So cool.. thank you!

nikkicrumpet said...

AWESOME!!! It just proves I need a new camera!

Lindsay said...

Your sea anemone friend is a good hider. I can't see him at all! I always love sifting through the sea litter at the beach for shark's teeth.

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