Aquarium - Ryan Taylor

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Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral (Sarcophyton sp.)

Newport Aquarium, Newport, Kentucky

"Nature is not tailored to man. It exists for itself." - John Smelcer

Leather Coral have a whimsical movement as they sway around in the water. By extending or retracting their tentacles, their form can expand or deflate. Coral can be commonly found in shallow flat water reefs and lagoons. This Toadstool Mushroom coral gets its name simply from resembling a mushroom, featuring a stalk and a cap. Corals require certain elements present in their water such as iodine and strontium to have good health. The image of course was taken through glass.

I love the purple hues that are exhibited throughout the image. The lighting makes for lighting I don't find anywhere else. Nature photographers tend to prefer natural light over artificial. Personally for me I use an external Speedlite flash if needed. Generally I use them for far away birds in dark and heavy-shadowed wooded areas and to illuminate subjects with fill flash.

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