We went for a walk on the beach yesterday afternoon and the windy weather had brought in a lot of shells and suchlike. As a family we like to walk the beach at the water's edge with our heads down, looking for interesting bits and pieces. There were quite a few sea-squirts and I was fascinated with the beautiful patterns and colour combinations. The one above reminds me of an aboriginal painting.
I apologise for the blurry quality of the photos - these creatures are like a very firm jelly (jello to my American friends) and have a transparent quality. Also, I was having to dodge the incoming tide at the same time as taking the photos. It's only the beginning of spring here, and I wasn't going to take off my shoes and paddle as my hands were already purple!
The patterns are in different layers of the creature and so difficult to capture without some blurriness. At the top edge of the photo above you can see a really clear view where there are tiny white spots visible as well as the yellow and white circles.
This orangey one looks like a stone, but isn't. I loved the colour.
On this photo (above) you can see a clear part of the sea-squirt near the bottom of the photo. Again there are little white spots as well as the larger circles.
This last one I just couldn't get a focussed photo of, but you can still see, through the blurriness, that it has patterns like flowers on it, orange on dark purple. Just beautiful.
Where do you find inspiration?