More Sketches from the Sea

(Sketched by a camera.) The gallery of images above are a series of macro photographs of a small juvenile Moon jelly from the genus Aurelia. As I mentioned in the previous post I am revisiting some older sea jelly images and shifting them to black and white because I like how the details and forms are emphasized without the distraction of colour.
(Click on the images to enlarge)

The series of images below are possibly young and very small Pelagia noctiluca jellyfish (mauve stingers). You may notice a little amphipod ‘riding’ on one of them! Apparently many amphipods  have symbiotic or parasitic relationships with  gelatinous animals such as jellyfish. I’m not sure what’s going on here – perhaps public transportation – but if you take a look at this not very good video I have posted here you’ll get more of an idea.

[These photographs of Atlantic sea jellies were made in Cape Breton in the spring of 2012]

© Karen McRae, 2013

103 thoughts on “More Sketches from the Sea

  1. Beautiful Karen! The jellies I see every summer and it makes me remember many a summer as a child being fascinated by them…I’m still fascinated and your renderings are a delicate drawing…

    1. Hi Marianne, thanks for your comment. They really are fascinating. I was surprised at how many different sorts of jellies can be in one small area of the sea. It is such a diverse world there!

  2. Beautiful. Cool video too. I remember when I lived in the northeast seeing lots of jellyfish on the coasts. I have never seen one here on the Pacific coast.

  3. You got me turned on to jellies, so I visited the ones we have where I work…the Reiman Aquarium at Discovery World. Their intricate lines are beautiful, but in motion, they are absolutely mesmerizing.

  4. Utterly love what you’ve done with these..they seem from another age..and their names are fabulously intriguing – “Pelagia noctiluca” nice to say and so evocative..

  5. I know I have “jewelry on the brain” but Karen, these are like little jewels, all in themselves. So delicate and so beautiful. I do not miss any color at all – in fact, the b&w does emphasize the beauty of them (just as you said, color would be more distracting.) I really love these!

  6. Not so much public transportation as a fairground ride (I watched the video). Beautiful photographs/ drawings, Karen! I agree with Cath – they look like they belong in another time.

  7. I can’t begin to imagine how you capture these macros, I was reminded of that fabulous David Attenborough series a while ago, The Blue Planet. It really is a whole other universe under the sea..

      1. I think you would love it Karen. Like you I don’t watch TV but I have watched these. I have a whole collection of Attenborough DVDs and for the photography alone, they are definitely worth watching. I found this particular series fascinating.

  8. Very wonderful Karen. There is something about this transluscent radial symmetry that is other-worldly.
    The video is very nice too. I hear the sound like an oar or paddle rattling in a boat, which gives a little extra boost to the imagination.

  9. It seems Cape Breton is my new buzz word…I’d not heard of the place before and (in the last couple of months) I KEEP hearing about it…love it when that happens!
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Magnificent. I showed it to my nephew who loves jellyfish, he became a fan of your work. And I agree with the details a black and white can bring out as against the color.
    Thank you for sharing and congratulations on being freshly pressed.

  11. Your work is gorgeous! As someone who appreciates photography and psychology, your wrapped tree series had me wowed. And your other areas of focus also happen to be among my favorites for photos. Ah, jellyfish….endlessly evocative. The seed series slayed me. Do you make prints available, by chance? Lovely eye you have, thank you!

    1. Hi Eve, thanks very much for your comments, your kind words are much appreciated.
      I do sell prints but I’ve not finished setting up an online way to do it -hopefully soon. I’ll leave a note here when its done if you are interested. I’m glad you like the various series!

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