From The Rockpool - Blue Bottle by Kitsmumma

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Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills, New South Wales, Australia.

I found this beauty in a rockpool yesterday.
I’ve never had the opportunity to study one in water so closely before other than to manically peel off the tentacles wrapped around my leg and rush for the vinegar before the real pain set in!
I can’t get over how ornately beautiful they actually are.

Untouched apart from crop.

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Australian Fine Art Photographer, Dip of Fine Arts (Photography), whose work is inspired by a love of nature and the abstract.
My photographs concentrate on the light, lines, colour, shape and form found in nature…… from bushland to beaches, even my own backyard.
I hope to surprise and intrigue the viewer with my work and explore the notion that beauty exists everywhere…in the right light!

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© Kitsmumma/Sylvia Baxter 2014. All rights reserved.

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  • scottimages
    scottimagesover 5 years ago

    Oh, I love your story!!! I can just picture it….. but it’s true, they’re very beautiful.

  • ha!! I’ve had some shockers Rosemary, the worst at Bondi on my 13th birthday. Got stung so bad I couldn’t walk for about 1/2 hr!!
    They really do amaze me!

    – Kitsmumma

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaover 5 years ago

    WoW! This is a beautiful creature! Thanks for posting this!
    It seems like it might be nice to look at but not much fun to tangle with. Guess there’s a price for every pleasure, eh?

  • I’ve only got the bottom half that dangles underwater in this shot Dayonda, they are like a blue transparent bubble on top, filled with gas and spend their lives floating on the ocean totally at the mercy of the wind……. will post a ‘whole’ one shortly. They really are incredible but sting like nothing else!!!

    – Kitsmumma

  • Front Quarter Window
    Front Quarter ...over 5 years ago

    so nice .. and great photo to :-) .. but yes .. the memories of being in the surf and thinking, where did all this blue string come from .. then that moment of realisation that it isn’t string .. followed by the loverly stinging and vinegar (which isn’t used anymore .. kids these days, no vinegar, no Mercurochrome .. spent my childhood with bright red knees and elbows .. courtesy of bendemeer .. and now .. kids, just dont seem to have that joy … hehehe)

  • hehe, and isn’t it funny that moment of realisation is also the moment the pain hits!!
    Kids have no idea today!!!

    – Kitsmumma

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaover 5 years ago

    Jellyfish, then?
    I don’ think we have such gorgeous ones up North, but we lean heavily on the vinegar, as well. In the Salton sea, in southern California way south is the remains of an inland, saltwater sea. What’s left of the sea is very very concentrated, and some of us would go out there when we were kids. There’s something out there the others called ‘coral’, which, of course, I found the hard way. It stung like the dickens till we put beer on it, and I did NOT consider it a waste of good beer!!

  • Hi Dayonda, yes, it’s a type of jellyfish.
    We have stinging/poisonous coral here too.
    Must admit, it would be considered sacrilegious to pour beer on a sting here, hahahhaha!!! although very acceptable to pour it over a steak on the bbq :D

    – Kitsmumma

  • mmargot
    mmargotover 5 years ago

    I could only see an old coiled telephone cord…but it’s early!

    What a beauty and beautiful shot. We have warnings in California, but I have only seen big blobby jellyfish whose name I can’t remember.
    Aren’t tide/rock pools fun…this brings back grand memories, too.

  • It does look like an old coiled telephone cord!!!
    We are lucky to have all sorts of sea creatures here in Australia including sharks, deadly box jellyfish and the tiny but venomous blue ringed octopus to name a few and lets not forget the lovely land lovers like the deadly snakes and spiders!! We really are blessed ;)

    – Kitsmumma

  • Lenny La Rue, IPA
    Lenny La Rue, IPAover 5 years ago

    This would be a BLAST to shoot with a tiny waterproof DSLR camera. That’s on my summertime wish list.

    It sounds like a Portiguese Man Of War but I don’t think they are this colourful. The shape alone is enough to keep me away from it. It seems like it could just be anywhere at any time. I don’t play in the ocean but LOVE the tide/rock pools that are semi-permanant. There’s always a hermit crab war going on somewhere. :-D

    Awesome capture!

  • I’ve had fun with a waterproof disposable 35mm camera in the past, that I picked up for $6 in one of those discount shops, much cheaper option especially as I don’t get to the beach as often as I used to when I lived on the coast.

    I’m pretty sure blue bottles and Portugues Man O War are one and the same and they come in various shades of blue/purple.
    If they are in the water at the beach, I just don’t go in. My son had fun popping a couple that washed up on the sand :D

    Rockpools are an endless source of fascination for me, like little treasure chests, I can spend hours poking around in them and they make me feel like a kid again!!

    Happy New Year to you Lenny :D

    – Kitsmumma

  • Silke Magino
    Silke Maginoover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot, it looks very interesting…

  • They are amazing!!
    Thanks so much Silke and Happy 2010 :D

    – Kitsmumma

  • purelydecorative
    purelydecorativeover 5 years ago

    Wowser- love this shot, which camera did you use?

  • Hello Lovely, I used the G11 for this one using the macro setting, held about 1cm above the surface, had to be careful not to stick the lense in the water.

    – Kitsmumma

  • Ainsley Kellar Creations
    Ainsley Kellar...over 5 years ago

    Wow! Spectacular, hypnotic image. Even my 9 year old daughter beside me just glanced over, saw it, and exclaimed, “that’s COOL!” :)

  • Thanks so much Ainsley and daughter, they are truly amazing creatures and very beautiful when given the opportunity to view them this closely. Appreciate your lovely comment :D

    – Kitsmumma

  • Rosej
    Rosejover 5 years ago

    Fantastic – what an amazing colour.

  • They are incredible creatures, that’s for sure :D

    – Kitsmumma

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