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Birthday Jellies

Birthday Jellies
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-22
Categories: Cnidarians
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): JellyFish, 40-49 Points (Chapter 6), Underwater Wonder World 3, Jellies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-23 1:14
Viewed: 5268
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today was my birthday, and my husband and I celebrated it by spending the day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of my favorite places.
There was a new exhibit of jellies. No sign as to what they were.
I thought the tentacles looked like lit birthday candles upside down.
So I will call them Birthday Jellies for now. : )

I will post pertinent information as soon as I find out.
Thanks for looking. : )

Australian White-spotted Jellyfish
Phyllorhiza punctata

This large and spectacular jellyfish is common during the summer months in New South Wales coastal waters and estuaries, including Sydney Harbour. It is easily recognised by the large, semi-transparent, rounded bell covered in regularly spaced, white dots. The trailing tentacles also end in whitened spots. The White-spotted Jellyfish is causing a problem overseas, particularly in the Caribbean region. It may have hitched a ride in ships' ballast tanks, travelling from Australia and the Pacific region to the Caribbean. Here, it found an ideal place to breed, free of their natural predators (various Pacific-region snails).

Throughout Australia.

Oceans, coastal waters.

Common in summer

Bell width up to 50 cm.

Mild or not noticeable.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-23 3:43]

I am proud to be the first on TN to wish you a happy birthday Manyee !
What a superb and interesting couple of jellies that you have very well captured again ! Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-23 3:54]

Happy birthday too Manyee!
And what a super shot for us on your special day. Twin jellies, beautiful patterns, so sharp and clear. Well done and thank you for sharing.

Happy birthday my friend. I wish you as Jancie says, a super shot for this special day. I wish you in addition, much health and a long life.
The twin jellies are great. Excellent sharpness, colours/lighting and a great POV. Thanks my dear.

Happy birthday Manyee!
This is a superb shot, strong visual impact,
excellent details and sharpness,
perfect composed and nicely framed.
Good job!

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-10-23 4:54]

PrzepiÍkne zdjÍcie. Idealne naswietlenie i kompozycja. wygladaja jak przybysze z kosmosu.
Super !!!

Hello Manyee,

I would like to add my wishes, that your birthday was filled with much joy and happiness. Happy Birthday.

Your photo is incredible, I wish that we had aquariums like this one nearby.

Fortunately we have you, and your willingness to share these wonderful gems.

Great sharpness and detail, color and BG, in this fine composition.

Very well done, I thank you for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-23 7:21]

Congratulations Manyee! Both for your birtday and your excellent picture. It's very good, clear, sharp and well composed. In the Vancouver Acquarium my gf and I tried to photograph jellyfish in tanks but we didn't succeed as well as you did. Well done & TFS!


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-10-23 7:39]

Excellent shot!!!Happy birthday Manyee!!!

Really like these jellyfish posts Manyee. Such delicate beauty. Done so well against the black BG here. I'd love the opportunity to visit the Monterey Aquarium. I'm a native Californian but never made it there :-(
Happy Birthday my friend & Thank You.

Happy birthday, nice solid detail, good control over the exposure, well taken.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-23 14:29]

Happy birthday Manyee!!!

Perfect, stunning, amazing shot! I love dark BG and two fragile jellies which look like made of light!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-24 0:11]

I am soon but I wish You a great Birthday for next year ;-)
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: good. Is your husband a photographer too?
Thank you Manyee. Have a great week!

This is a fantastic shot of the beautiful ornamented jelly fish, they look like aliens from the abyss. Happy Birthday Manyee! Sorry being a little late on that. Paul :)

Hi Manyee,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! What is the number 28, 29, can't be over that. Anyway, This is a great shot! Beautiful color, and sharp detail. Neat stuff!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-24 20:55]

Manyee, happy birthday. This is really a very nice way to celebrate it.

To me, one of your best shots so far.

Excellent composition, amazing dark bg and contrast.

Congratulations. Cheers.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-10-25 7:26]

Happy belated birthday.
Excellent composition and great details as it's not easy to capture jelly fish. They move faster than one thinks. Well done.
Regards Toni

Another amazing shot at the Aquarium, Manyee. The contrast between the black background and the delicate jelly fish is stunning. Bon Anniversaire!

ces deux meduses sont superbent.

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  • napdsp (0)
  • [2005-11-12 5:00]

This is a sign of a pro. It's so hard to photograph through a thick aquarium glass under low light condition. Bravo.

Happy Birthday for last week. Aren't these amazing? Just incredible. They remind me of ufo's crossed with a Ginger Rogers dress from the 30's !!
Great composition.
Thanks for posting.

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2005-11-17 13:40]

Very beautiful Manyee. Lovely new exhibit of jellies. Fantastic twin birthday candles.
Good luck!

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2005-11-22 9:53]

Fabulous capture Manyee,
its incredible how you were able to capture it, wonderful timing,
Cheers TFS,

I just wish I could hang them on my X-mas tree but that would likely harm them... lol... I love your "deep abyss" / Monterey aquarium shots, Manyee. And "La multi ani" or happy b-day in Romanian that is, even though a delayed one , better than not sayin' it, I think...

Excellent details and sharpness,
very well captured.

Hi Manyee,

I love jellyfish images, yours is perfect, the dark background gives a great result!



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