Little Fishies

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It looked pretty scary outside this morning at about 06:00. I thought the world had caught fire for a moment. Never mind. It was just a big black cloud. It’s Wednesday here – middle of the week day. Ho-hum day. It’s too early in the week to be tired. It’s too late in the week to start any big projects. It’s not close enough to the weekend to begin to slack off. It’s just a work day. I had it in mind to be very productive today. I had nothing on my schedule to take me away from my office and I was determined to see how many of the little nagging projects that I’ve put off I could pummeled into submission before the day ended. I suppose you can imagine how that is going.

However, I did just finish my lunch while I was working on something else (I must vacuum my keyboard crumbs soon) and I’m going to celebrate the successful commencement of digestion by showing you The Big Black Cloud:

There. Isn’t that scary?

The title of this post is Little Fishies.  Here they are:

You know when I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job of creating an underwater image? Well, I’ll tell you when. It’s when you look at one of my images and think to yourself, “He faked that! He took that shot through the glass of somebody’s perfectly maintained aquarium.” Yeah, when you get suspicious, I get all puffed up and start bragging about what a great photographer I am. I’m such a glory hound.

Yeah, well, anyway, here’s a very uneven Linckia multifora  starfish. It’s been leg bitten several times:

You know why I keep taking pictures of these and showing them to you until you want to scream, “Stop, STOP! Enough with the starfish amputees!” Well, I’ll tell you why. It is because they make me think of the amazing powers of regeneration which humans possess. No, we can’t regrow limbs – yet. But we can regenerate our emotional, spiritual and intellectual aspects by simple acts of will accompanied by hard work and behavioural changes. I have regenerated so many parts of me that I hardly recognise myself. Most of these chopping offs and regrowings have been prompted by the “What a jerk!” response of people with whom I interact. It’s like getting a smart slap in the face and then saying, “Oh, thanks. I needed that.”

Well that’s enough of whatever that was. I love shapes. I think that I must be a very visual person. I know that I’m no longer an olfactory person. I still can’t smell anything, but at least the phatosmia is getting less obnoxious since I started snorting Nasonex. Eunie uses it and I thought, “What the . . . ” I’ll give it a shot – really – two up each nose-hole each day. The smell of smoke is fading.

Hmmm . . . I drifted off-point there – back to shapes:

The Sea Squirt (Didemnum molle)  on the left makes me think of a buffalo (American Bison, to be exact) which has rater gruesomely had it head chopped off. The one on the right evokes vaguely uneasy gurglings in my cerebellum, but doesn’t provide any words to go with them. All I’m getting is visual blub-a-lug-a-blug. There may be something obscene there, but it’s not registering.

Come to think of it, It could  be Carl Malden’s nose, but I can’t be sure.

Mystery Stuff – Possibly a Protopalythoa  species anemone? I think so:

There is are so many things down there to see that it makes me wish that I could live to be a hundred. I think of the line of Shakespeare when Hamlet says to Horatio “There are many things in heaven and earth, Horatio, that are not dreamt of in your philosophy”. Hamlet  (Act I Sc V)*

Both of our beautiful Fishtail Palms (Caryota gigas)  are fruiting again:

This concerns me a bit, because these trees usually die when they have given their all to reproduce.

That seems like such a shame to me. I’d have been dead since 1969.

* Quoting Shakespeare is like using semicolons. All it proves is that you’ve been to college. Pffffft! College is the new high-school. I’m left for dead in the dust again!

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9 Responses to “Little Fishies”

  1. Kate Says:

    Jan-I’d give you probably a 8/10 for Procrastination – and it is a highly under-rated skill! Thankfully you didn’t get 10/10 or we wouldn’t've gotten the blog!
    I find that gathering great determination to actually do something is often enough for one day. Get to the Doing of the Something some time else, I say.

    No, we humans do not regenrate (bar stem cells-but that’s another topic), but it is AMAZING how we can ‘make do’ with bits n bobs removed. We are Fearfully & Wonderfully made – and the more I see, the more I am amazed.

    PS- Pls pass on Happy Birthday to Jo!
    Cheers
    K8

  2. MadDog Says:

    Oh, Kate, you are so right. Half the battle is steeling for the task. It’s the other half that’s the problem. I gotta say, I like your attitude that the decision making can be exhausting enough to allow the doing to slip to tomorrow. I often find myself saying, “Yep, I’m gonna get to that tomorrow!” and then sitting down to read for a while. If lends a sense of accomplishment without exertion. We need to trade notes.

    Speaking of being amazed by human nature, wait until you see my post today about Roz Savage, the woman who is ROWING AROUND THE WORLD!!

    Kate, you will be happy to hear that we had a splendid party at Kranket Island on Saturday night for Jo’s birthday. There were libations aplenty, swimming in the tropical water while watching the sparkles fly from our bodies and much merriment. Maybe a little too much merriment.

  3. Bolt Upright Says:

    Are you sure that’s a fishtail palm you have?
    Looks more like one of those spaghetti trees I saw once in newsreel.
    hmmm

    Came here via Roz’s Facebook page.
    Congrats on meeting her and you are now in her historical journal too! :)

    Very nice blog you have and I too am fascinated with the idea of microphotography. I’ll look into that DinoLite USB Microscope.
    Does it have a webcam feature? Wouldn’t that be cool to have a live webcam peering into pond water? That’s what I would really like to do with one.

    Cheers, Russell

  4. MadDog Says:

    Well, Russell, spaghetti tree works for me. The young fruiting bodies certainly look like spaghetti. Botanically, I think that I’m right, but hey, a rose is a rose . . .

    I’m glad to hear that you got here via Roz’s page. I know that it sounds silly, but I have a bit of hero worship going on there. I feel like a flea on Superman’s cat’s pet mouse. But what a feeling it is!

    The DinoLite works very well as a USB webcam/microscope, though the optics leave a lot to be desired. If you’re not going for too much magnification or depth of field, I am sure that it would work great. If you get it working, send me some pictures and or a YouTube link and I’ll give you a guest-shoot, if you like.

    If you have a blog, send me your URL and we’ll cross-link.

    Thanks for dropping in, Russell

  5. Bolt Upright Says:

    Here’s the newsreel about growing spaghetti:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdQqh9jvB6w

  6. Steve Goodheart Says:

    Man, this series of images is simply stunning, my friend. Wow, and…wow!

    Thanks.

  7. Steve Goodheart Says:

    PS — Meant to mention how much I enjoyed the new sea squirt image. Superb. Given how much your images boosted my sea squirt science post, you can imagine how much I loved this new image of these amazing beasties.

    And “little fishies” is indeed remarkable. Alternating with the sea squirt on my desktop. :)

  8. Lisa Says:

    Absolutely Amazing!

  9. MadDog Says:

    Thank you, Lisa.