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Starfish of the Pacific

Starfish of the Pacific
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-12
Categories: Nature
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Fun in the Sun in Fiji
Date Submitted: 2005-08-18 8:02
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
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Blue Seastar (Linckia laevigata)

Bula! Hello in Fijian.

I have just returned from a holiday to Mana Island in the Fiji Islands of the Pacific Ocean. I had a wonderful time away, and the warmth of the island was so good. During winter in New Zealand many people will visit islands in the Pacific where winter is an unknown word. Fiji consists of 300 islands, and are a very popular choice for a holiday destination.

The temperature was over 30-Celsius degrees each day, the sea breezes were so refreshing and the blue waters were so inviting. We swam often and all day long. On one of my swims I came across this Blue Seastar(Linckia laevigata). I found itís colour was truly stunning, quite a vivid copper-sulfate blue.

E Lokoloko Ningio is the Fijian for this distinctive blue starfish which lives amongst the colourful coral on the reefs around Mana Island.

The Blue Seastar (Linckia laevigata) is a striking coloured species that is bright blue in colouration. It is part of the Ophidiasteridae seastar family. It is a tropical species that can be found through out the waters of the Indo-Pacific and around the northern part of Australia.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2005-08-18 8:04]

Hi Janice

I like the simplicity. These blue starfish also occur on the Barrier Reef in Qld. Well done!

Hi Janice,
great shot. i like very much the contrast of the blue of the seastar and the sand and this small reflection of the water ... lovely composition.

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  • Sneza Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 74 W: 23 N: 16] (735)
  • [2005-08-18 8:09]

Hi Janice

Welcome back after holiday :)

Nice composition, so simple with two colours.
Well done.

Nice shot, Janice! Good contrast between the starfish and the sand. I might have cropped a wee bit of the bottom to create a more rectangular format and anchor the starfish more in the left third. Still, an excellent contribution!

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 249 W: 128 N: 530] (6690)
  • [2005-08-18 11:02]
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He Janice,

Cold water overthere, he's getting blue!

It's a beautifull piece of art. I realy like thos simple graphical pictures without to much extra hobby work.

Great shot!



Hi I like this one a lot. The simplicity escpecially. The slight patterns on the sand creates a nice texture and the blue against the sandy colour is great. It reminds me of the lovely story of the guy on a beach where 100's of starfish washed out. He was walking up and down throwing the starfish back into the sea. Another guy walking passed him said he must be crazy there are 1000's of starfish he cannot make a difference. He kept on throwing them back and said "I'm making a difference to this one"

The colour is truly stunning. And with sand as the background.....its just what you need. Amazing contrast. This is very creative work Janice.

Modern art in living nature !
In any way : perfect Janice !



Kia Ora Janice,
Welcome back !!! yes I thought you gonna come back with amazing pix from Fiji ! :) this one's very nice. Never thought they are in blue as well. pretty ! :)

Very interesting picture of this blue starfish, Janice. Not something I had ever seen. I like the contrast between the blue and the beige of the sand as well as the small ripple on what I assume is water. Well done and welcome back!

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2005-08-18 20:37]
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Welcome Home Janice..sounds great your fijian holiday..Im off to the East Cape in 3 weeks.. not as tropical... but maybe some nice shots from there...

This is amazing..so sharp..and the colours look great...thanks for sharing..
Kind regards

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2005-08-19 21:24]

Hi Janice,
Beautiful contrast of colours.

I love your "Starfish of the Pacific" photo. It's simple composition is very striking and very effective.

Hello Janice,

What a great deep blue and the crystal clear water on the grispy sand. Well seen and produced. Great shot!
How was your time in paradise?

;-) Thomas

  • mysea Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 23] (395)
  • [2005-09-02 7:57]
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Beautiful picture, beautiful work, Congratulations
I liked what saw. Bravo.

Nice, clear, sharp and bit out of center an aspect of this pic that makes a difference.
I wouldn't know where to start looking for notes about this - is it an animal or a plant ?:) Nice, really nice.

Zdjecie dobre, ciekawy motyw, ale pokazany zbyt centralnie.
I've created a worshop to show you difference. J hope you like it.

Very good composition. Well Done

HI Janice , this is a superb shot !
We name this animal in Persian , Setareye Daryaii .
Good Luck

Hi Janice,
That is a very pretty picture. I have never seen a blue one before. I really like the frame. TFS

Nice shot, congrats

This is the very nice starfish.Good shot.

Hello Janice

Pretty blue starfish, I had never seen that color.
So simple but so lovely.
I like this little movement in the sand. The pov is good and proportioned.
Very nice composition.
Best regards

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