My photography skills were definitely not up to this task, but I needed to share the gentle loveliness of this small still life. The tide line positively glistened with salp yesterday morning; it was like a comet’s tail along the water in the early morning sunlight.
A lovely still life, but this is not a jellyfish. Salp are more closely related to us than they are jellyfish. They are the most primitive of the Chordata, which is the same phylum as homosapiens – humans. They are pelagic tunicates and often come ashore in uncountable numbers. Below is a close up of the primitive notochord.
The simplicity of this still life is what captivated me. The ‘branches’ were some sort of transparent marine plant, and they blended into the wet sand. Their almost invisible delicacy, and their placement with the salp and the other minute … Continue reading →
I find that these fascinating little creatures test the boundaries of what I am able to effectively photograph. They shimmer with both water and light, they are found right at the very edge of the moving tide line, and they … Continue reading →