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Blue Starfish

Blue Starfish
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-12
Categories: Fish
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Fun in the Sun at Fiji
Date Submitted: 2005-08-18 6:57
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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. It is common on the Great Barrier Reef and is often found by people exploring the reef at low tide in small coral rock pools. It is found from the low tide mark down to depths of 60 metres. The Blue Seastar (Linckia laevigata) is known to feed on algae and grows to a maximum arm width of approximately 40 cm.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-08-18 7:06]
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Welcome home Janice,
Must be a bit of a shock to be back in winter.
Nice shot.
Beautiful colour.
Nice composition.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-18 7:07]
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BULA Janice!!!
Great that you're back! I hope it was great time! Great first Fijian post. Simply and clear composition, lovely colours of starfish and sand. Definitelly holiday's mood here! So simply, beautifull and summer that will go straight to my favs :-)

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-08-18 7:55]

Beautiful shot.Good composition,DOF&POV.

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  • Sneza Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 94 W: 27 N: 16] (672)
  • [2005-08-18 8:12]

Nice and simple.
Two colours, nice composition.
Water movement gives more impression.
Well done and welcome back.

What a wonderful blue color of this starfish, Janice.

Your photo is lovely and could pass for a travel ad.

I especially like the ripples in this crystal clear water, surrounding the subject.

Thank you for sharing this well composed image with us.

Glad you had a great time...

Thank you for sharing

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2005-08-18 8:21]

realy pretty post Janice. The blue of the sea star was great on the sand colors. Very sharp and good contrast. Well done

Hi Janice!
Good to have you back :)
This photo is amazing. I've never seen a starfish painted in such exeptional colour. The BG with water and sand is superb.
The whole has great summer mood.
I really like it.

Hi Janice,
Sounds like you had a great vacation. I hope to see alot of pics from Fiji. This is a great start. GReat composition with the blue starfish on the sand. The water ripples really add to the photo. Nice Work!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-18 9:11]

Hello janice!
Nice to see you back;).It's a wonderful shot.Details on sand and water,colors,POV,DOF and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Welcome back Jancie! I must admit I'm a bit jealous ;-) Well, a whole lot jealous! Great shot with good details, comp. and colors. Looking forward to more shots from your trip. Well done.

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  • Eko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 187 W: 10 N: 38] (121)
  • [2005-08-18 11:05]
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Hi Janice!
It's wonderful image.I liked blue colors of seastar very much.Good composition.Thanks for posting.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-18 12:57]
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Very lovely composition, Janice. Gorgeous color on this unusual sea star. I love the ripples and reflections of the water on the sand. The light was just perfect for those effects. Well done and TFS.
I am glad you had such a wonderful time in Fiji. To me, that sounds very exotic and at the other end of the world. Looking forward to seeing more pictures from your holiday. : )

Bula Janice,
Glad to have you back, I'm glad you had a very enjoyable trip.
Good detail and lovely clear detail. Nicely exposed. Well composed. Good colours & notes.
Well captured, thanks for posting.

I have never seen a blue starfish! It looks big. Beautiful picture, as usual, Janice!

Hello Janice!
Welcome back!Very nice shot.This colour of starfish is new to me.POV,details and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-19 4:21]

Hi Janice,

I hope you had a great holiday! This is a great picture and I like it very much. In fact this photo consists of only a few colors, but therefore it's very relaxing for the eye. Composition is great and I like the way the water is coming in. No nits whatsoever. Well done & TFS!


Bula Janice!
I went to Fiji a couple of years ago on my honeymoon and the memory is beginning to fade :( I'd certainly forgotten about these beautiful starfish. We had a great laugh shouting BULA! at every opportunity whenever we saw staff from the hotel.
Thanks for bringing back the memories!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-19 6:52]
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Welcome back, Janice, Star of TN ;-)
Sorry,I do not have the time to write a decent comment. I give to you the well deserved smiley.

Thank you for sharing pictures and notes and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

WOW !!! This one slipped through the radar first time. What a shot !!!

You have a lovely gallery of nature shots Janice. All of them are a treat! TFS

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-08-19 17:36]

Hi Janice
Great composition with the starfish out of centre. Nice textures and pretty blue colour. No need to look to the heavens to get great star shots.
Regards Toni

Hi Janice, I find this photo very soothing... I have never seen a blue seastar; all of the ones near us are orange or a variation of it. The patterns of the sand with the water reflections is beautiful... it is actually the area that I find the most pleasing. Thanks for sharing our holiday with us!

Hi Janice

Welcome back!! Nice to have you home.

Wow... this is an impressive shot. Great strong colour. POV is perfect. I love the sand around the beautiful blue star fish. Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-20 4:17]

What a superb and interesting Seastar that you have well captured ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks Janice for sharing this beauty.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-08-20 23:02]

Interesting and nice photo.Blue looks nice on sand.Nice colors,pov,sharpness and focus.

Great shot, love it. Hope the holiday was good.

Great image, simple, but very effective.
Excellent composition.

I've just sent a comment on a colorful gentian, and I find this beautiful seastar. Never seen a blue one. I like also very much the water playing around, the subtle water movements up to the sand. Many artistic feelings conveyed with your subject, sand and water. It couldn't be simplier. Well done Janice.

Star fish are one of my most favourite sea creatures. This is awesome Janice. I like that the pool of water is there too. Marvellous shot from your holidays. A real treasure to keep.

Hi Janice,
I really like this shot! The composition is so simple, yet so elegant. The rich blue colour in the starfish contrasts beautifully with the sandy background and crystal clear water. You must have had a nice holiday in Fiji!
Excellent work!

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  • Nadine (91)
  • [2005-10-01 7:32]

Wow! So nice...the contrast between the blue and the sand...and the water. Just perfect...How can you not make good pictures in a place like this? Fidji islands are just like heaven...as I can see in my bboks. Maybe one day I'll be able to fly there for a holiday...maybe...Congradulations!



simple but nice...very nice.
Two soft colours which create fantastic feeling:)
TFS :-)

Hi Jenice, wonderful shot of interesting seastar. Excelent chot with sent background. TFS

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