Merry Christmas Tree Worm

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Let me begin today’s mashup of disorganised visual and verbal clutter by wishing myself a happy birthday. This has, indeed, been an interesting year. Having lived through my 66th year, I now embark on my 67th. In the past year, as a result of a New Year’s Resolution,  I have banished foul language from my daily speech (almost  completely), made an unexpected trip to North America without busting the bank and begun to reverse the devastating financial situation at Casa MadDog.

So many blessings . . .  And now, it’s almost Christmas, a time of year that inevitably depresses me. So many reasons . . . No snow or cold weather (which would probably kill me anyway) Don’t get to see my son and his family, my beautiful, smart granddaughters. Never mind. I’m not going to whine on my birthday. Eunie will bake me a pineapple upside-down cake tomorrow, a family tradition. I’ll eat the whole thing. It will take me about two or three weeks, according to how rapidly my spare tire inflates.

And now for your daily Christmas Tree. Here is a cute little mob of them:

If you move your hand over these they will disappear down their hidy-holes in an instant. No, I’m not guaranteeing that it will happen on your computer screen. Hey, I could do that with a mouse-over. I wish I had time to try it. First I’d have to have the exact same shot with the worms retracted. Never mind. I didn’t think of that while I was under the water.

Here is the star Christmas Tree Worm (Spirobranchus giganteus)  for today:I like the little magenta stars on top.

Here is another “what I actually saw” shot. The murky water at Barracuda Point  last Saturday lends a spooky effect to this shot of Divaricate Tree Coral (Dendronephthya roxasia)  with Carol Dover in the background checking out some Pickhandle Barracuda (Sphyraena jello):It’s not pretty, but it’s what I saw.

Here is something that has puzzled me for some time. We often see these Solitary Corals, sometimes called Mushroom Corals, with damaged edges and colourful stains. This one is a deep form, that is it grows in deeper water, of Fungia fungites:If anybody out there knows anything about this, please enlighten me.

The contortionist of starfish is Choriaster granulatus  or, as we sometimes call it, the Dirty Starfish. I’ll let you wonder why:Another common name for this one is the Granulated Starfish. I don’t know how they manage to squeeze themselves into such awkward positions. This one looks as if it is trapped under a coral ledge.

Sticking with water, but on the surface now, here is yet another water drop image:

My fascination with water drops is boundless.

I wonder what that means?

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7 Responses to “Merry Christmas Tree Worm”

  1. Steve Goodheart Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADDOG!!! Congrats on the progress of your past year. May the decades ahead be even better to you.

    That first shot is unbelievable! Such variety and color in one spot, I thought at first you were showing us a cut and paste to demonstrate all the colors you see, but no, it’s REAL. And in one tight spot. Incredible! I think that’s going to be my desktop image until Christmas.

    Thanks for all you give to the world through this journal, amigo!

    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!

  2. MadDog Says:

    Muchas gracias, Steven for your birthday greeting.

    As for the worm scene, that’s pretty much the normal growth pattern. It was impossible to get enough depth of field to get them all in focus. It turned out pretty nice anyway.

  3. Steve Goodheart Says:

    Most welcome!

    Yes, very nice indeed!

  4. Ten Mile Says:

    Have a good B-Day. I suppose it was yesterday for given the time zones.

  5. MadDog Says:

    Well, actually it’s tomorrow for most of the world. We are just inside the IDL, so every day starts a lot earlier for us than it does for most people. Thanks for the birthday greeting, Ten Mile.

  6. Wencke Says:

    Happy Birthday then ;-)

  7. MadDog Says:

    Thanks, Wencke. It’s been a very good day.