The bad boy of the reef, Crown of Thorns, yet look at its amazing colour and patterns. They are a natural part of the reef.. and yes in some areas are in plague proportion. If man didn’t constantly interfere with the natural balances of nature plagues wouldn’t happen.

Taken on Christmas Island, an external territory of Australia

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Mini Challenge – Two-tone in Nature – Top 10


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I’m one lucky lady who lives on a remote tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Inspired by the surrounding beauty above and below, I took up photography as a hobby several years go. This has now turned out to be an all consuming passion, driven by the desire to promote the Cocos (Keeling) Islands the only way I know, through my eyes and lens.

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  • LindaR
    LindaRover 1 year ago

    fabulous frame, well titled too ~ there’s a sense of different worlds in the art of these creatures ~ flavoring a bit of Andy Warhol in these neon colors :) yes, I too agree, we people are best off not fooling with nature’s design and live with a deep respect for the natural world…the interconnectedness of all is made with a higher intelligence we have yet to be able to perceive properly and to play around with the balance almost always ends up being a mistake…sorry for the rant, but it’s a deep belief and passionate one :) xxx

  • Thank you so much Linda for your comments I totally agree with where you are coming from. Divers from all around the world detest Crown of Thorns. And yet they are a natural part of the reef and needed. It isn’t until the balance of life is upset that they are a nuisance.

    I live on a coral atoll; our sand is ground, crushed coral. Where do you think that comes from? The fish that chomp on the coral and excrete it back out. Do we detest the fish.. No.. why??? They too kill coral. Coral kills coral. It is interesting seeing two plate corals vying for the same territory and a distinct white line where one has started killing the other. Do we become upset about that? No

    But what is the biggest threat to our reefs? Well pick up a mirror and take a good look….. yep HUMANS

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonover 1 year ago

    Nice pattern!

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...about 1 year ago

    Congratulations on your Top 10 placement in the “Macro Mysteries” Challenge in Nature’s Patterns and Designs!

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  • Thank you so much Celeste!!

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Anita Pollak
    Anita Pollak12 months ago


    Mini Challenge – Two-Tone in Nature – 1 October 2013!

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  • Thank you so much :)

    – Karen Willshaw

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