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Jellyfish, Beautiful Phlegm-Balls of the Sea

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jellyfish by Lorenzo De Lucchi

Photograph by Lorenzo De Lucchi

I am a little obsessed with jellyfish. Always have been. Got stung rather badly once as a child, but that affected my fascination not at all. It’s like I have jellyfish Stockholm Syndrome.

We are avid warm-weather kayakers, and we live in a place that is overrun a number of times during each season with moon jellyfish, lion’s mane, sea nettle, and my favorite, the bioluminescent comb jellies. While everyone else is on shore, drinking and grumbling about how they can’t go in the water, I’m out in the kayak (also drinking), talking to the jellies. (If you decide to try this yourself, just bring along a spray bottle of white vinegar for stings. Works like a charm!)

When I come across photos of jellyfish, it takes everything in me not to post them as that day’s OBT. Really. I struggle. But I don’t want to keep them all to myself either. So I’ve decided to pile them all into this one glorious, JF-filled post. Lucky you!

By the way, it’s not just me. Even Valentino used them as the inspiration for his Fall 2010 collection, and I’m sure he’s not the first to do so.

jellyfish-inspired fashion Photo MyModernMet

Photo MyModernMet

jellyfish-inspired fashion Photo MyModernMet

Photo MyModernMet

jellyfish-inspired fashion Photo MyModernMet

Photo MyModernMet

jellyfish-inspired fashion Photo MyModernMet

Photo MyModernMet

jellyfish by Jason Edwards

Photograph by Jason Edwards

Jellyfish by Paola Carolina Smania

Photograph by Paola Carolina Smania

Jellyfish by Tim Laman

Photograph by Tim Laman

jellyfish by Alexander Semenov

Photograph by Alexander Semenov

Jellyfish by Alexander Semenov

Photograph by Alexander Semenov

jellyfish by El Justy

Photograph by El Justy

jellyfish by Alexander Semenov

Photograph by Alexander Semenov

jellyfish by Alexander Semenov

Photograph by Alexander Semenov

jellyfish by Alexander Semenov

Photograph by Alexander Semenov

jellyfish by Alexander Semenov

Photograph by Alexander Semenov

Bioluminescent comb jellyfish by Alexander Semenov

My favorite variety! Bioluminescent comb jellyfish photograph by Alexander Semenov

jellyfish by Alexander Semenov

Photograph by Alexander Semenov

And I just learned that fellow blogger and artist, Shawn Carney, who writes the blog DriftAndBurn, has been working on jellyfish-inspired art! Take a look at her blog here.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

21 thoughts on “Jellyfish, Beautiful Phlegm-Balls of the Sea

  1. Amazing. True sense of the word.

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  2. They are pretty, but this is why I steer clear of water! Did you see this post about jellyfish (the ones he photographed are in not quite such a beautiful state):
    http://thegoatthatwrote.net/2015/01/13/the-great-sandgate-blue-blubber-invasion/

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  3. They are pretty. Is it several different kinds or dot they change shape when they swim?

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  4. Hey, thanks for the shout out!

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  5. So Valentino made the Fashion / Jellyfish comparioson – or did you, Donna? I admit it made me smile. Your pictures of other jellyfishes are really beautiful (and I learned a new English word: jellyfish, a word that really fits to these animals). I don’t like them nonetheless (the jellyfishes), particular I dislike the lion’s mane jellyfish although beautiful.
    Great entry, Donna!

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  6. Thanks for directing me to this blog post, Donna. I LOVE all the jellyfish photos. I’m not surprised they’ve inspired fashion with their undulating curves and sinuous, elegant lines.

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