Sunday, May 9, 2010

Be My Anemone

I had to get my anemone fix recently since we'll soon be moving from the coast (sigh...). I realize there is other cool stuff in tide pools too, but hey, this post is dedicated to the giant green anemone/Anthopleura xanthogrammica (the ones that um, look like giant green anemones), the Aggregating Anemone/Anthopleura elegantissima (the ones all clumped together), and the Moonglow Anemone/Anthopleura artemisia (the other ones). Hmm, okay, so I'm no expert when it comes to anemone identification, so I apologize if that last one is wrong. My World
Enjoy the pictures. They're really fun organisms and pretty challenging to photograph. Yesterday high tide was coming in with a vengeance, so I had to keep jumping off the rocks to dry areas and swinging the camera up so it didn't get sloshed - all part of the fun! Most of the time they are a few inches to a foot or so underwater, so you have to wait til the water rushes out for just a split second if you want to get them in all their glory. And then 90 percent of the time, there is seaweed and other tidal stuffs in front of them...you get the point! (Still easier than photographing birds, though)
Some of these pictures are from two weeks ago, the others from yesterday, both at Patrick's Point. I'm really, really, painfully, going to miss this particular spot.
Yesterday we saw hundreds of seals and sea lions - they were all too far away for photos, but man! SO many of 'em. And they all had something very important to say (holy loud chatting!). As we headed back up from the tide pools, we saw a solitary river otter. He actually came really close to us and started rubbing his head on a rock. Umm..adorable! I had to switch lenses and blah blah blah so the 2 photos I took were really rushed and not excellent, but still...he was so much fun to watch.
Anyway, back to the anemones. My title, by the way, is in regards to The Waterboys song, "Be My Enemy." Dammit, I love The Waterboys. Macro Monday

44 comments:

biobabbler said...

oooh, amazing colors and textures, and nicely juxtaposed against the black tegula. Thanks!

Vicki said...

These are fantastic.

Colleen said...

The green anemone is just unreal looking! Great photos! I'm looking forward to taking some tide pool photos later this summer.

Don't Bug Me! said...

Good job with the photos - I live on the coast and I know just how hard it is to get a good shot of anemones! Water in, water out, glare of sun on water or a big blob of jelly. Good luck with the move - I go on Thursday.

Marka said...

Great photos! The macro shots are wonderful!

Wise Take said...

Oh! I didn't realize they could have so many pretty colors!

Christina. Sweden said...

Wonderful and all the colors and textures are great, wish I could see them live

Jama said...

They are so gorgeous! I don't think I dare to venture out to look for these in our water.

Kala said...

Wonderful details and colors. The first image is especially awesome.

cat said...

Wow great shots of the beautiful anemones. I have never seen anything like them.

Jayne said...

I find sea anemones both beautiful and slightly spooky. The spooky part would come from my childhood spent playing amongst rock pools. The anemones here are deep red and when they are above water for any period of time they close up tightly and to me as a child just looked like huge red blood blisters! (Nice eh)?! :D

These are beautiful however - particularly the greeny blue close ups.

jabblog said...

The colours on those anemones are incredible, so subtle and glowing. Wonderful :-)

Woody said...

Thank you for the excellent collection! What an amazing range of colors.

Woody said...

Here's a different anemone from a different part of the world.

http://marilla.aminus3.com/image/2010-05-10.html

Hootin' Anni said...

Outstanding photos!!! Simply outstanding.

My Macro is HERE. I do hope you can find time to stop for a visit with me today!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh Jill -- thank you for my Pacific Coast fix for the day! We've been to Patrick's Point -- but spent more time over the years tidepool crawling at different places on the Oregon Coast. No camera back then, but even if I had had one, my pictures wouldn't have come close to yours, which are just amazing! You will miss the Coast, but traveling people learn to deal with missing, don't we!

Daniela said...

Oh wow, you made me so happy with these photos, you got some absolutely amazing shots.

Dave said...

thank you for introducing me to these guys. great pictures and amazing colours.

lisaschaos said...

These are so cool! I had to slowly look over each one. These are amazing!

michael mckee said...

Just amazing. Makes me want to go find a tidepool.

Levinson Axelrod said...

Wonderful colors and shots. The slight neons are intriguing to look at.

Clytie said...

I love anemones - and your pictures are some of the best I've ever seen!!! Makes me long for the ocean even more ...

Carver said...

Wow, these are fantastic shots of such diverse organisms. They almost look like exotic flowers to me.

Tricia said...

WoW! Killer shots!

SandyCarlson said...

So lyrical and beautiful. The colors are gorgeous.

Sylvia K said...

Incredible captures as always, Jill! Love the Anemones and the colors and textures! Feel like I've been scuba diving again! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Birgitta "foto CHIP" said...

Amaizing! This s art by the nature - I am stunned and would love to see this IRL :)

http://foto.rudenius.se/post/2010/05/10/My-World.aspx

Ebie said...

Geez! I have to go where to get my anemone fix! We do not have much here in the SoCal, unless you get so lucky!

Amazing photos as always!

"Lillagul" said...

Just great pictures as always on the most odd things in our nature !
Just loved that green anemone !
Have a nice week :)

Dan said...

Wow Jill, these are great pics. The colours look quite unreal! I appreciate they must be hard to photograph.
The Waterboys are they the same ones that sang sing The Whole of the Moon a good few years ago??

Carolyn Ford said...

These are VERY amazing. The colors are so soft and pure. It seems they could only be found in an aquarium and you found them in nature...I have found anemones before but not like these. So beautiful!

noel said...

aloha,

thats a nice look at your world today, i love your captures on these anemones especially the marcos when they look more like exotic abstracts!

a plantfanatic is where i have my current post for my world tuesday, come and visit.

Martha Z said...

You are going to miss it and I will miss your wonderful shots of the coast. I'm sure you'll be treating us to some beautiful mountain vistas.

ρομπερτ said...

What an amzing entry of yours. Dali couldn't have made it better. Even though a bit surreal, much enjoyed. Please have a wonderful Tuesday.

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Jossie said...

Amazingly beautiful. I can imagine that you are going to miss this environment.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh Jill, I love every single one of these beauties. Sea Anemones are some of my favorite things, when I have visited the coast of Oregon in years past. Their delicate beauty, the lovely colourations, the way the water surrounds them with a gentle movement, and the way you were to so beautifully capture each as if a fine gem, is absolutely splendid~ Well done~

Jenn said...

Wow! These are better than taking them underwater. Great colors and I have not seen many of these anemones in my part of the world. It was worth the effort.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful macros, Jill! I love the colors on the anemones. Very nice to live so close to the coast and enjoy these todal pools.

Bird said...

Oh WOW, I don't know whether to praise the anemones or the photography first! (Ok let's start with the anemones) ...what gorgeous creatures, the tentacles are so delicately coloured. We get beadlet and snakelocks in tide pools on the south west coast of the UK and they are all I've ever seen. That greeny pink one... I want to touch it. So, so lovely.

I know what you mean about photographing them, I've tried myself and so I have an idea how long it might have taken to get these pics. Now I really, really want to go out rockpooling.

Gale said...

Gorgeous! I used to live on a boat in California. Used to lay for hours on the docks with my head over the side playing with the anemones and the other sea creatures!

JM said...

These are some gorgeous shots! I'm always looking for anemones at rocky areas and I always know where to find plenty of them here, but never managed to get such wonderful images.

joey said...

Stunning photos, Jill ... what a fabulous collection!

Gel said...

Stunning group of photos! I'm dazzled. Wow!

toby said...

Those are really amazing shots! Thanks so much for sharing them, I certainly don't get a chance to see those beautiful creatures in my day to day life. Thank you!