Cloth-of-Gold (Full Screen, Please)

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Cloth-of-Gold (Full Screen, Please)  (c) Clarissa Stuart (calypso985)
Clarissa Stuart
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The is a Conus textile, the Cloth-of-Gold cone shell from the south Pacific. All of the critters who inhabit the genus Conus are equipped with a barbed "spear" at the end of a highly flexible appendage. They are also equipped with venom said to be more deadly than that of a cobra. Normally, cones use their venom to inject & poison their prey -- much the same way that a snake uses venom. But most species of Conus are "blessed" (or is it "cursed"?) with beautiful patterns that attract divers and snorkelers looking for shells. Woe to those who pop one of these prized treasures into their booty bag! They can (and do) sting right thru the bags (and wetsuits) to the great regret of many who have made this mistake. Conus textile is one of the six MOST venomous of the cone shells.

This macro shows off some of the remarkable patterns of the Cloth-of-Gold, all of which are 100% natural. The shell is not carved, polished or painted. This specimen is from my personal collection, and is about 3" long overall.

FULL SCREEN available.
okiedokiedee
United States
wow what a look here, full screen a sure must.........
Monday, May 21, 2007 12:27:46 PM
Winslow357
United States
Awesome Micro! 10r!
Sunday, May 20, 2007 5:29:54 AM
superb focus and such beautiful detail; it really is a work of art. Interesting facts to go with it, on seeing something like this on a beach the natural reaction would be to pick it up, it just goes to show. Thank you for sharing and hope that all heed the warning.:))
Sunday, May 20, 2007 6:03:46 AM
LittleOne
United States
Stunning! 10R! Awesome detail and love your notes. Pet peeve of mine... no notes, no comments or ratings. lol

Im not putting more effort into a persons eyefetch image than they bothered to... ya know? :)
Sunday, May 20, 2007 8:26:04 AM
KyScarlett
United States
OUTSTANDING!!! I love this!!! So glad you warned me about picking this one up.... I would have been stung for sure!! Beautiful work!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007 7:32:57 AM
LeighSkaggs
United States
Beautiful details captured in this shell. Love the science lesson, too. Thanks for showing and teaching me something new!
Monday, May 21, 2007 8:28:51 AM
Joel78
United States
Seashells certainly have much interest and beauty. My collection has reached its maximum. No more space.
Monday, May 21, 2007 9:29:28 AM
marvelous 10
Sunday, May 20, 2007 6:53:30 AM
what stunning patterns can be found in nature. Excellent detail and great notes. Thanks for sharing. :o)
Sunday, May 20, 2007 7:27:40 AM
Kerry625
India
Beautiful image ! :)
Sunday, May 20, 2007 2:54:26 AM
Magnificaaaaaa***10*
Sunday, May 20, 2007 2:57:06 AM
kwelborn
United States
GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, May 20, 2007 3:01:56 AM
erlandpil
Denmark
Nice color and light
erland
Sunday, May 20, 2007 3:12:37 AM
AHARDWICK
United States
Awesome pic. Thanks for the history! Why is it that some of natures "Most Beautiful" are also some of the most deadly?
Andi ;o)
R10
Sunday, May 20, 2007 3:20:50 AM
natgirl73
United States
Beautiful!
Sunday, May 20, 2007 3:31:21 AM
tikka
Philippines
I did as suggested and went for the wide screen. Sat back with my tub of buttered popcorn and an upsized San Miguel beer (two cans-worth in one big frosted glass). There were two people sitting behind me who wouldn't stop talking so I shot them both. Messy but effective.
I waited for the nasty item to emerge and to bite an unsuspecting swimmer-by but no such luck. Was hoping for a car-chase but, again, zilch.
Ultimately, I had to give up and get some eye-rest, as I was rapidly going boggle-eyed.
As I had studied the displayed item at length, I benefitted from looking long and, as a consequence, seeing more.
Just as I thought it was safe to go back in the water, you bring this to my attention. Thanks a bunch.
What? You were expecting a regular-type comment? Nah! You've had plenty of those in your time and you know now what they add up to.
I only paddle in steel thigh-boots these days. I know what danger lurks below the surface.
Sunday, May 20, 2007 10:11:16 AM
Hillwaaa
Australia
Great shot, nice lighting and love the info provided!
Monday, May 28, 2007 7:08:21 PM