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Photographer's Note

Lately I have been revisiting old images shot with my first digital camera. I have always been proud of this shot.

We were camping on the Sea of Cortez during a bus tour on "The Green Tortoise." (www.greentortoise.com) The area was fairly remote, hard to access (we had left the bus behind, hiking in the last seven miles), and therefore quite unspoiled. The proliferation of sea life in the Sea of Cortez is amazing. Walking along the coast, we saw large crabs aplenty. Looking closer into the tidal pools, there were entire worlds.

Creatures like these -- sea anemones, urchins, starfish and their kin -- are fascinating for their complexity despite the lack of a central nervous system. The clever quote from naturalist Jakob von Uexkull sums it up:

"When a dog runs, the animal moves its feet, i.e., the harmony of the footsteps is centrally controlled. But in the case of a starfish we say: ‘When a starfish moves, the legs move the animal.’ That is, the harmony of the movement is in the legs themselves. It is like an orchestra that can play without a conductor."

Finally, Noel mentions size, which reminds me that I wanted to note that this anemone was 6 or 7 cm across!

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  • Copyright: Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 90 N: 498] (2182)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2001-02-12
  • Categories: Nature
  • Camera: Kodak DC280
  • Exposure: f/3.8, 1/125 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-06-07 7:23
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