Wordless Wednesday #17 - Red Nephtheid Soft Coral

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  1. This week's image is a 1:2 macro shot of a Nephthid soft coral (Dendronephthia sp.) These corals come in many colors, most much paler than this example. I took this photo several years ago at Bunaken Island, Indonesia.

    Bobbie

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  2. Ahhhhh.....something that looks like it won't bite me or sting me...lol.

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  3. Lol cathy -- you crack me up!

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  4. Very unique. I've only seen a white coral in person.

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  5. Oh it's a coral, I thought it was the inside of a heart, lol ! I am influenced by CSI series !
    My bronchitis is gone and I feel like a fish in water again, thanks !

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  6. @ Gattina - Now that you mention it.... LOL

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  7. What an interesting photo, very neat to see up close and such a vivid color.

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  8. it looks like pickled cauliflower!
    giggle.
    Actually, it startles me to consider that it is a creature!

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  9. Wow! Somehow it looks like a network of brain nerves :D

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  10. Hmm, so far people have said it looks like the inside of a heart, pickled cauliflower, and a network of brain nerves. Any other first impressions? (It's soft coral -- really it is!)

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  11. WHoa!!! I didn't know corals can be this beautiful. Thanks for sharing (=

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  12. Wonderful shot, Bobbie. Eerie...

    I was listening to a radio program the other day about the decline of coral reefs due to increased acidity of the oceans (more CO2 in the atmosphere means more acidic water). Have you guys seen any evidence of that?

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  13. looks blood vessels under microscope. fascinating!

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  14. Looks like it's gonna eat me whole. Heheh

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  15. And as usual, I love seeing your WW and your bringing to me a world I'll never see first hand.

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  16. I love close up photos. You can see so much detail. Happy WW!

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  17. Bobbie,
    What did you do to light that shot? Anything special? It is beautiful! I am going to have to try to recreate that with some of the gorgonians found here in Florida.
    Here is my Decorator Crab.

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  18. Oh thats a pretty shot. Was it taken underwater or through glass in an aquarium?

    I invite you to see my WW post for this week.

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  19. I didn't know there was soft coral, Bobbie! Beautiful picture! :)

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  20. Thats very nice macro shot love it! Good WW to you Boobie!!

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  21. Great shot! Perfect! I use to see those in the sea near where i live but now i am too far from home. Happy WW! God bless!

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  22. New thing for me! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. what a gorgeous photo.thanks for sharing it.Also thanks for the blog visit.happy ww

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  24. WHOA! That looks like something that belongs inside your body with bloods going through it! It probably does not taste very delicious though.

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  25. Awesome blog! I have a bit of underwater photography in mine, as well. LOL!

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  26. What a stunning coral. Beautiful, but then your pictures always are!

    Happy WW

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  27. The red color is amazing. And such a contrast to the usual aquatic blue tints.

    Thanks for sharing, and for stopping by :)

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  28. PRETTY!

    Come check out my butt kicking post for today!

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  29. I love coming to your site to see what underwater creature you are going to post for the weeks WW. As always great pic. the color is stunning. Happy WW!
    Kyla

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  30. Once again, what a beautiful picture!

    Please check my post here.

    Happy WW!

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  31. Bobbie - it's beautiful, and it does look soft. The color is gorgeous - they must have been quite a site to see from a distance - like a beacon!

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  32. Thanks to all of my Wordless Wednesday friends for visiting -- mostly while I was sleeping! It's still morning here in Hawaii.

    @ Chris in Oxford - Acidification of the ocean is indeed a growing problem -- more and more evidence accumulates, not just degradation of the coral reefs, per se, but in things like an apparent effect on the shells of sea turtle eggs, and the shell quality of molluscs and some crustaceans (they're more fragile than they used to be) -- and who knows how many other more subtle things that we're not aware of yet.

    We have witnessed some degradation of our local reefs over the period of years we have been visiting them. I can't say how much is attributed to a change in the pH of the ocean, because there are other factors, too - especially silting from runoff due to the loss of plants/trees in the coastal zone as a result of development. Likewise, development usually means introduction of chemicals,from lawn fertilizers to pesticides, which also destabilize the reef ecosystem. (Think rampant algae blooms that smother coral.) I could go on -- but I'll save it for a whole post one of these days.

    @ Christopher Smart - According to the notes in my logbook, that photo was taken with a Nikonos 5, and a 35mm lens, using extension tubes to accomplish a 1:2 ratio. Aperture was f/16 -- so very little ambient light -- with a Nikon SB105 strobe set to 3/4 power, aimed at the subject from just above and to the right of the lens. The image was captured on Fuji Velvia slide film (ISO 50). The trick is to get in really, really close to fill the frame completely with the subject. With paler colored corals, I would have set the strobe to full power.

    @ Robert - All of my marine life photos are taken in the water, while diving.

    @ Kathy - Actually, when you see them from a distance, the true colors are not evident, due to the light filtering effects of the sea water. Red things often look dark brown or even black underwater. Only when you light them artificially and at relatively close range do you get to see and photograph the true colors.

    Bobbie

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  33. It looks just like a tree, well maybe a Dr. Suess tree. Isn't it amazing how totally different organisms can resemble each other?

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  34. it's an amazing world 'down under'.... beautiful!

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  35. What a cool pic...it looks almost spooky:) Happy TT and thanks for stopping by.

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  36. Oops...I mean WW. Sorry, its been a very long day;)

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  37. @ Eric and Flynn - Thank you, and welcome to The Right Blue.

    @ Shannon - "Dr. Seuss tree" - I like that!

    @ Blue Mountain Mama and Alice - Thank you.

    @ Lori - LOL, I forgive you, for sure. I've had one of those long days today, too!

    Bobbie

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  38. My first thought was the inside of a lung although I caught on quickly to what it actually was. Again, very nice!

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  39. p.s. LOVE the blog! Definitely a terrific addition to our blogroll!

    _ndg

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  40. Very cool looking. Looks a bit like celery gone wild. :)

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  41. Hey Bobbie,

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and to refresh my memory on the Emperor Angelfish

    Sorry took me so long to return your visit. What a great blog you have here..

    I don't know what kind of jellyfish they are, I was hypnotised by the magical-look I kinda forgot to see the details :)

    Happy WW! :)

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  42. beautiful image. in fact...that looks like my vein! (though i never had a chance to look at that) i guess both were done by the same designer ;^J

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  43. Woah, that looks very cool! :-)

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  44. Bobbie, my Eight Random Things meme is up. Thanks for tagging me!

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  45. Love the color in this Bobbie, great work :)

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Bobbie & Jerry