Deadly Beauty

A Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish. I had never seen one before, so I had to do a little research to identify it. I just noticed... a palm tree, silhouetted and reflected onto the body of the jellyfish. How lucky!

I took the title from a National Geographic article and photography slide show, linked here (information and gorgeous photos):

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/features/2014/08/140821-portuguese-man-of-war-animal-ocean-science-pictures/?source=rr

The photos are really beautiful... much better than mine, but (in fairness) I found this washed up on the beach.

Thanks for your visits and comments, as you have time to give.
Instant FAV - this is superb, even if deadly!
posted December 31st, 2014  
Fav!
posted December 31st, 2014  
This is incredible, to see this so close and clearly! WOW! Fav.
posted December 31st, 2014  
Wow! Nice capture, fav
posted December 31st, 2014  
Wow !! What a find and capture!! Beautiful photo of this jellyfish. I did not realize these were deadly. I better watch myself when i go travel by the ocean. Fav !!
posted December 31st, 2014  
Fabulous, excellent detail - it would be easy to be seduced by its beauty if you didn't know what it was.
posted December 31st, 2014  
WOW..that looks huge and beautiful I have seen them, but never this big or so colorful. Great shot = fav
posted December 31st, 2014  
What amazing colors and translucency. You captured that beautifully! Fav!

Thanks for that link.... so you didn't (carefully) take it home and photograph it on a light table? :)
posted December 31st, 2014  
@ksmale Not likely! :) I will leave that to the pros. Thanks for visiting.
posted December 31st, 2014  
I didn't know it was so beautiful but do no its deadly! Hope it was dead? fav
posted December 31st, 2014  
Very beautiful, but I am afraid of them!
posted December 31st, 2014  
Superb shot
posted December 31st, 2014  
Gorgeous! Instant fave
posted December 31st, 2014  
Well dang! That is quite the find and so beautifully captured...
posted December 31st, 2014  
Rosie, this is fabulous - what a find! FAV for sure.
posted December 31st, 2014  
What beautiful color you've captured!
posted December 31st, 2014  
Wow what a photo. How fantastic, big fav.
posted December 31st, 2014  
Great capture of it.
posted December 31st, 2014  
A really stunning capture. Fav
posted December 31st, 2014  
It is beautiful. You captured it well. Fav
posted December 31st, 2014  
Love the colors and the angle you chose.
posted December 31st, 2014  
IF YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE SHARING OCEAN YOU FOUND BY, I'D LOVE TO KNOW. WAY COOL SHOT.
posted December 31st, 2014  
Rosie! FAV! This is a spectacular find and so beautifully photographed! The colors are amazing and your exposure so perfect for portraying how natural this scene is! Beautiful!!!
posted December 31st, 2014  
Wow. Stunning find and shot
posted December 31st, 2014  
Magnificent colors ! Great detail!
posted December 31st, 2014  
What a great shot of this - we get them washed up on our west coast (North Island, NZ). I have tried to photograph them, but have never put them on 365, as the angle I have taken them from, makes them look like little 'willies'.!!!! You have obviously gotten down very low and have captured the detail beautifully.
posted December 31st, 2014  
What a shot. This is beautiful, never seen it
posted December 31st, 2014  
Pam
Beautiful, and worthy of National Geographic!!
posted December 31st, 2014  
Wow! Incredible! I have never seen one either, nor an image of one so well done
posted December 31st, 2014  
Beautiful shot, love the colour. fav.
posted December 31st, 2014  
Wow incredible shot
posted December 31st, 2014  
Rosie, a great image and I never saw one either I will know what to swim away from now !!! Thanks
posted December 31st, 2014  
@creativeaddict Oh, sure... this is South Padre Island, Texas, down near the tip of Texas, on the Gulf of Mexico coast. In case you want to come... or stay away! ;) I did see three or four washed up on the beach yesterday, fyi.
posted December 31st, 2014  
Oh my goodness this is amazing Rosie, I've heard of them but never seen one. Beautiful colour and detail, fav.
posted December 31st, 2014  
@rosiekerr Thanks. I've seen some at the Oregon coast here, but were very tiny and not as blue, I don't think. It was like 30 years ago.
posted December 31st, 2014  
Wow. Interesting. I live in Kansas -- nowhere near the ocean -- and have only seen them in pictures. Great find and photo! FAV
posted December 31st, 2014  
Wow what a beautiful shot! Love the palm tree too!
posted January 1st, 2015  
That is the strangest thing I've ever seen. The colour of the jellyfish is just perfect. Nice find.
posted January 1st, 2015  
Beautiful ! I saw them in Bahamas for the first time, fav your shot is fantastic, colors and clarity are perfect !
posted January 1st, 2015  
Nasty things, beautiful capture
posted January 1st, 2015  
Wonderful aspect and colours. Super fav and follow.
posted January 1st, 2015  
Wonderful capture of such an interesting looking bird!
posted January 1st, 2015  
Eek
posted January 1st, 2015  
wow, what a gorgeous find!
posted January 1st, 2015  
Kim
Amazing find and beautiful photo!
posted January 1st, 2015  
Wow! Beautiful! What a fabulous find! Fav. Happy New Year!
posted January 1st, 2015  
Amazing.
posted January 1st, 2015  
What an amazing sight to see; amazing shot too!
posted January 2nd, 2015  
Love the colours
posted January 2nd, 2015  
Fantastic. Fav.
posted January 2nd, 2015  
Intriguing and indeed beautiful. Great shot!
posted January 2nd, 2015  
Gorgeous! Great find!
posted January 2nd, 2015  
Very beautiful image, well done you to have captured it so well.
posted January 2nd, 2015  
Wow! Amazing find! Such an incredible shade of blue!
posted January 2nd, 2015  
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