Happy 2015! “Out with the old, in with the new!” (Or Not)


Sometimes revisiting old photographs pays off.  I was browsing through some imagess I took on the Great Barrier Reef in the Fall of 2013 when I came across these photographs.  It is interesting to note that I dismissed them earlier because I was looking for specific shots when I first went through post processing.  Now I don’t have any preconceived notions about what I wanted from these images, and I was able to view them with a fresh perspective.

A curious anemone fish defends her home

A curious anemone fish defends her home

The colors of this anemone fish and the anemone it inhabits are so complimentary.  Mother nature has impeccable taste.

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The Great Barrier Reef is beautiful both above and below the water.

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It is amazing how brilliant the colors of the reef are when you shine a little light on them.  I wonder if the fish realize how beautiful their home is?

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Here a diver swims through a deep crevice.

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All Things Bright and Beautiful


It is a time of thanksgiving and as I have reflected on the season, I can’t help but feel gratitude for the creatures and critters that have left me awestruck by their fascinating beauty.  Some of my posts have focused on the weird and the creep factor of life underwater, but in all reality, it is the beauty that interests me the most.  A picture is worth a thousand words in this case, so I will let my photographs do the rest of the talking:

A Sea Lion poses curiously

A Sea Lion poses curiously

Christmas tree worm

Christmas tree worm

Crinoids and Anthias

Crinoids and Anthias

A Geribaldi peeks at the camera on a beautiful sunny Fall day

A Geribaldi peeks at the camera on a beautiful sunny Fall day

A Hard and a soft coral bask in the sun

A Hard and a soft coral bask in the sun

An anemone borders on the erotic

An anemone borders on the erotic

Please visit my gallery page for more under water photographs!

 

All images are copyrighted by Brook Peterson and may only be used with written permission.  Please do not copy or print them.  To discuss terms for using these images, please contact me.

How would you like your eggs? (Part 1)


Sometimes a photographer gets lucky and the shot of a lifetime appears right before her eyes.  Most of the time, however, it takes a great deal of planning, patience, and hard work to get that perfect shot.  I recently returned from the Philippines where I planned to find and photograph creatures that were brooding eggs.  I was fairly lucky, as I found so many beasties with eggs, that I will have to split this post in to two parts!  The images that follow are a combination of luck, patience, planning, and even a little courage and prayer.

Anemone Fish Eggs

Anemone Fish Eggs

Truly, anemone fish make the most beautiful babies!  It turns out that those cute little Nemos are fiercely protective of their brood.  I was bitten at least four times as I got in close to photograph the nest.  Fortunately for me, anemone fish have small mouths, and I was wearing a wetsuit, so it was all in good fun.  (At least from my perspective)

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In contrast to a nest of tiny anemone fish eggs, is this relatively huge (about the size of a marble) cuttlefish egg.  The interesting thing about this egg is that the cuttlefish inside is nearly developed and ready to hatch.  What a roomy apartment he has!

Clownfish Eggs

Clownfish Eggs

Surprisingly, the colorful Clownfish produces rather plain children.  In the image above, an isopod is attempting to feed on one of the eggs.

Jawfish with eggs

Jawfish with eggs

The Jawfish above has eggs that are new.  She carries the eggs in her mouth and lives in a tunnel in the sand.  The Jawfish below has eggs that are more developed.  You can begin to see the eyes of her babies appearing.  This jawfish tested my patience as I waited nearly forty-five minutes for her to poke her head out of her hole.  When she finally did, it was only to pull a piece of coral over the opening so I couldn’t see her anymore.  I guess I wasn’t welcome.

Jawfish with eggs

Jawfish with eggs

I hunted for this cardinal fish for several days.  They typically stay in a school just hovering under a ledge or table coral.  In the school, there will be one fish that has a triangular shaped jaw and that is the one that is brooding the eggs in it’s mouth.  Once spotted, I had to wait for the fish to aerate the eggs so I could take a photograph.  They move the eggs around in their mouth which causes them to extrude a little.  This process only lasts a few seconds, so I was only able to get one shot.  This fish’s eggs are new and yolky.  They have not developed eyes yet.

Cardinal fish with eggs

Cardinal fish with eggs

Of course, the beautiful Mandarin fish deserve an encore for their mating dance.  Their eggs are not brooded, but simply float into the water column, or settle down into the coral.

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–To be continued…  Please stay tuned for part-two of this post which will focus on invertebrates and crustaceans with eggs!