Five arms to hold you by Owed to Nature

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Two starfish cluster together in a tidepool of a secluded, remote inlet in the Great Bear Rainforest. They’re called ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) even though they’re often found in brilliant shades of purple.

Great Bear Rainforest, Western British Columbia, Canada

Shot handheld using:
Canon EOS 40D
Canon EF75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens

Featured by the Groups
Animals As They Should Be October 14 2010
Amazing Wildlife December 20 2010

Top Ten Challenge Winner in
Nature Photography Challenge Starfish/Sea Stars June 2011
Quality Art & Photography Something Purple October 2011
Challenge Accepted Starfish and the Sea January 2012


canada, british columbia, great bear rainforest, owed to nature, sylvia j zarco, marine animal, wildlife, ochre sea star starfish, purple, love, five arms to hold you

During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • Poete100
    Poete100almost 4 years ago

    That’s totally awesome…great capture

  • Purple is my favorite color so finding these guys was a particular treat. Thanks!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Josie Eldred
    Josie Eldredalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you so very much for the Feature Josie!

    – Owed to Nature

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, great work and well deserved.

  • So thoughtful of you Andrea. Thank you very much for your comments!

    – Owed to Nature

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoalmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks Janice!

    – Owed to Nature

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture! Gorgeous color! Congrats on your feature!

  • Thanks again Angie. Though I feel like I shouldn’t be the one to get the credit… all I had to do was not fall on my butt traversing wet rocks and not screw up the scene’s naturally brilliant color! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • David  Hughes
    David Hughesalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature. Beautiful capture.
    Happy Holidays!!!!!

  • Thank you very much David! And a very Happy Holidays for you as well.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Moorealmost 4 years ago

  • Wow, this is Great News! Thank you and the Group so much Karen. Many thanks and Happy Holiday wishes!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallalmost 4 years ago

    great shot :))

  • Thank you so much Trish!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Roxy66
    Roxy66over 3 years ago

    they look like humans! love the details

  • Ha! I certainly could use a few extra arms sometimes… Thank you Roxy I really appreciate your wonderful comments, favs and watchlist. I’m overwhelmed and overjoyed with your generosity.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Renee D. Miranda
    Renee D. Mirandaover 3 years ago

    Very beautiful. I’ve never seen purple starfish before. Thanks for posting your picture in the ATW Challenge. Good luck.

  • Thank you Renee! I’d never seen purple stars either until we landed on this rocky beach. I think it’s funny they’re called ochre starfish as very few were shaded ochre. Most were brilliant colors of purple and even burgundy. Isn’t nature amazing? ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

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