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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-26
Categories: Molluscs
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/8 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-27 2:26
Viewed: 5056
Points: 12
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia

Pteriomorphia (marine mussels)
Palaeoheterodonta (freshwater mussels)
Heterodonta (zebra mussels)

The common name mussel is used for members of several families of clams or bivalvia mollusca, from saltwater and freshwater habitats. These groups have in common a shell whose outline is elongated and asymmetrical compared with other edible clams, which are often more or less rounded or oval.

The word "mussel" is most frequently used to mean the edible bivalves of the marine family Mytilidae, most of which live on exposed shores in the intertidal zone, attached by means of their strong byssal threads ("beard") to a firm substrate. A few species (in the genus Bathymodiolus) have colonised hydrothermal vents associated with deep ocean ridges.

In most marine mussels the shell is longer than it is wide, being wedge-shaped or asymmetrical. The external colour of the shell is often dark blue, blackish, or brown, while the interior is silvery and somewhat nacreous.

The word "mussel" is also used for many freshwater bivalves, including the freshwater pearl mussels. Freshwater mussel species inhabit lakes, ponds, rivers, creeks, canals, grouped in a different subclass, despite some very superficial similarities in appearance. (Wikipedia)


These are some of the Mussel beds at low tide here on the West Coast of the South Island. Many of these mussels are vey sany inside, but others found nearby are quite edible.
The human population here is quite sparse, so these are rarely collected. In fact, I've only ever met one other person on this stretch of coastline !

Hope you like the photo.
Thanks for looking.

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hi steve
great landscape with superb dof
but where are the mussel predators? ;-)
tfs tom

Namastay Steve,
A very nice capture of this landscape full of mussels. Very well composed with nice view. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hi, Steve,
Excellent composition and excellent perspective. I like the result.
Best regards,

Hello Steve friend,
What a picture! ... and what amount of mussels! ... really amazing! ...
I imagine that the water covers at high tide, no?
I am surprised that cover extension! must be hundreds of thousands!
They smell bad? ... smell something?
Thanks for the note attached, this is really interesting.
You have chosen a perfect POV to show us this.
Occurs to me that the cliffs in the bottom are fantastic landscape image!.... And would be perfect without all the mussels in front! ha ha ha :)
Regards, TFS, Jesús

Wooww. Steve this is wonderful view. Love the POV you've chosen, the DOF looks excellent too. Such arrays of mussles. Certainly an attention grabber. Great photo.
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-08-12 5:04]

wow, look at that! what a sight, a sign of a healthy shoreline mate. It loosk beautiful where you live, it really does. Thought it only fair i critique one of your landscapes after you kndly commented on mine.
You really got the best out of your focal length here, using the mussels and a low POV to create alot of depth with great details. Only minor nit, i guess, would be the slightly blown out sky, but it's not a dominant part of the image so does't really distract.

well done mate, you've done this great scene justice :o)


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