Diving Fan Wall on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, aptly named because of the plentiful stands of pristine Gorgonian Fan corals that follow the ridge down to the abyss. Often whilst the divers are down with the fan corals shark will circle up above.

Cocos Islands is an external territory of Australia located in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Fuji F810 | WA Wetmate Lens | 8mm | iso 80 | F8 | 1/160

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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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  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkabout 1 year ago

    An excellent picture Karen. Beautiful light on the coral, it just jumps out.

  • Thanks John – appreciate your lovely comment :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseabout 1 year ago

    Karen ~ you images are always so amazingly beautiful ~ and a true testament to your local surrounding nature…. this is extraordinary ….. thank you so much for sharing your local area…..

  • Oh Sharon, such a lovely compliment you have paid me! I really appreciate it and sincerely thank you :)

    I love showing off my Island home. So little is known about Cocos and at least here on RedBubble people like yourself can share in the beauty I experience every day xx

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Kathleen M. Daley
    Kathleen M. Daleyabout 1 year ago

    wow, fascinating!! terrific capture!!

  • Thank you Kathleen :) Sometimes it pays to look up! :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 1 year ago

    How gorgeous!!!

  • Thank you :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineabout 1 year ago

    This one makes me gasp! Does the Australian Geographic know about you, Karen?

  • Thanks so much Bette. No, Australian Geographics don’t know… There are so many talented photographers / artists that contribute to their magazine…

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonabout 1 year ago

    Wow, fantastic capture, Karen! Love the color and WA!

  • Thanks Lynn. :) A lucky shot with the sharkie above!

    – Karen Willshaw

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 1 year ago


  • Thanks Lorilee :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineabout 1 year ago

    I think you should contact them! The people we were mentioning before :)

  • Thanks Bette. I think it is more who is recommended to them that gets the work :) I really do appreciate your “vote of confidence” xx

    – Karen Willshaw

  • fauselr
    fauselrabout 1 year ago

    cool shot

  • Thanks Ray

    – Karen Willshaw

  • pennyswork
    pennysworkabout 1 year ago

    Wonderful image Karen :))

  • Thanks so much for adding this into the groups feature :)

    – Karen Willshaw

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