Weekly Photo Challenge – Object

Fireworm on Still Life

Fireworm on Still Life

From our recent trip to Bonaire – here’s a shot of a Fireworm curled around a piece of coral. My object is the white coral branch as the pedestal for this colorful Fireworm. By the way, the Fireworm gets it name from not only its colorful red spots, but also because it has a vicious sting. Fortunately, if one simply avoids touching them, one can avoid their sting as they can’t swim!

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42 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Object

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    That coral looks like a couple hands suffering the aftermath of frostbite. Can you tell it’s cold where I live? ;)

    Great photo, Cathy!

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  8. marydpierce says:

    They can’t swim? Man, are they in the wrong place! I love how the coral looks like a big white hand holding the colorful worm.

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  9. The magic you create with your photos is my favorite part of the weekly photo challenge. The minute I see the prompt, I wait for your entry, Cathy. And you never disappoint! This is fantastic… in every way!

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  10. Another terrific shot, Cathy! National Geographic should hire you. If the Fireworm cannot swim how does it get around? I don’t expect that there are commuter trains for Fireworms.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, V. Fireworms crawl around the reef. They’ll also drop from one place to another. So if they reach what would be a cliff for them, they just let go and drop down to the next level. We saw several do this during our dives in Bonaire. And since they’re light and feathery, they just kind of float down.

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  11. Sheila says:

    Beautiful! Ocean life amazes me. I hope you saw mostly healthy coral around there.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, Sheila. Yes, even though this piece was dead, there was a lot of healthy coral on this site and throughout Bonaire, in general. There’s one region on the north side of Klein Bonaire that has suffered a lot of damage from storms, but the rest of it is pretty healthy.

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  12. Amazing and a great shot!

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  14. Lovely photo, Cathy, as usual. Keep warm this weekend and have fun.

    janet

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  17. seabluelee says:

    Thank you for this opportunity to get up close and personal (but not TOO) with a Fireworm, something I’m not likely to encounter in real life anytime soon! I love the way the subtle shades of the coral seem to reflect the colors of the creature.

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  18. Brigitte says:

    There are so many worlds within our worlds that are beautiful and fascinating. You captured one, C!

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  19. kz says:

    wow that’s stunning!

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  20. This is fabulous! Such a contrast of life and death!

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  21. aFrankAngle says:

    Good example of beware of what one touches! Great pic … and bummer about the game … but I was one your side!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you on both counts, Frank! It was really disappointing. Not really even sure what happened with our Broncos. We left the party to go home and watch it in silence and they scored during the five minutes that we were gone! Maybe we should have driven around for a while? You know “its only weird if it doesn’t work” – from the Bud Light commercials.

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  23. Anna Louise says:

    Amazing photo!

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