January 14, 2014

Starry Sight

Photograph by Peet J van Eeden, National Geographic Your Shot

Close-up of a sea star at Pomene Estuary, Mozambique

Looking at this underwater gem, I feel as if I could as easily be looking at the surface of a volcanic landscape. The texture and color are amazing. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor

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40 comments
Kay Moses
Kay Moses

At first glance:  Oranges on a lace tablecloth. 

water bird
water bird

ahhhhhhhhh siiiiiiiiiii!!!  nature ...always millions of years ahead of everyone...  and also any current 

" archi star" .   when will learn to work with her and not against her....

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

An amazing creation we have at our feet.  Great close-up pic.

Patricia Turner
Patricia Turner

This is an amazing photograph. At first glance I thought it was a city of hills. It is my desired to travel unknown places to shoot photos like this. Thank you for sharing.

Janice H.
Janice H.

The astonishing creatures of the Sea once again amaze us with their strangeness and beauty.          Viewing the Sea Star in "this fashion" is an unbelievable photograph and totally surprised me!

Oran K.
Oran K.

Che dire...una meraviglia!!!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

An unbelieveable photograph. It gives me something I have never seen before, thank you.  It could be a number of things, if one wants to allow the mind full range to imagine! But what it is,is really wonderful, and beautifully weird. The color and texture are a stand out. j.e.s.    

isaiah wiggins
isaiah wiggins

i mean look at it closely it looks like like an it or its unknown like cande

M. Clendenen
M. Clendenen

The texture and color ARE amazing indeed!!

Lola Rosique
Lola Rosique

Marvelous photograph! And wonderful colours! 

Lisa O.
Lisa O.

Wow that is strangely beautiful!

Isabel Correia
Isabel Correia

Who could say, at a first looking that is a waterunder gern? It could be anything else. A beatiful foto, amazing colors, a true "Da Vinci" portait of the modern time!

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

The yellow, orange and red glowing colours of the mounds and cones on this sea creature DO make it look like they contain a great heat just under the surface.  I wonder what biological function they serve for the sea star?  Locomotion perhaps.  And I wonder, what is the scale of this close-up image?  Does it represent a square inch?  A square foot?  The spaces between the glowing mounds remind me of a tile mosaic.  Life forms on this planet, like this sea star, can be so exotic!


The detail of the body of this marine creature makes for a photo with incredible colour and texture.  It's a feast for the eyes!  A visual delight. I added it to my collection of favourites. 

Isabel Correia
Isabel Correia

Hi Joey. Couldn't agree more with what you said.

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