Weekly Photo Challenge – Ornate

Ornate

Ornate

Our challenge this week is to share something ornate – “where it’s clear that the creators pulled no stops and went all out.” Okay, so how about something brought to you by the ultimate creator?

When I’m scuba diving, I find myself intrigued by the ornate structure of the many different coral species I see. Here’s a shot from our recent trip to the Cayman Islands. This brain coral is actually a living colony of tiny sea creatures – individual polyps that spend their lives cemented together into an ornate neighborhood. Their bodies are the building blocks for the ocean’s reef systems. Can you see here how this particular coral got its name?

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17 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Ornate

  1. Amy Reese says:

    Ooh, I love it. Very cool, Cathy!

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  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    Definitely aptly named, and quite fascinating too.

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  3. Love this, Cathy. Not to start any religious arguments, but this sort of ornate intricacy is why I could never believe in evolution. How could “something” somehow turn into all the intricate and diverse things in nature, humans, and animals? Impossible! The (intricate) mind boggles.

    janet

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  4. Amy says:

    Love this take on, Cathy! Brain coral, so very fascinating. 🙂

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  5. aFrankAngle says:

    You have captured this well … and (to me) an important aspect is the angle you chose. Excellent as it delivers an element of intrigue. Also another example of the best designs are already in nature.

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  6. seabluelee says:

    Wow, just amazing. It reminds me a bit of images of archaeological digs…you know, those photos from above showing the walls of ancient villages.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      I agree, Leon. It does have that feel of walls of ancient villages. I guess these are villages of a sort in reality, too. Each of those little bumps in the ridges is an individual coral polyp. So unique in how they arrange themselves.

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  7. I so love that you used something from our Ultimate Creator!!

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  8. Elyse says:

    Beautiful! It makes me feel the warm water around me.

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