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Frosted Mussel Shells
Comments(0) # Frosted Mussel Shells london e10

Some days I go out looking for a particular photographic subject or at least have some vague idea of what I'm going to shoot. Some days I even get to shoot what I had planned and it comes out as I hoped. But sometimes I come across something totally unexpected.....and sometimes these finds make more satisfying photos for me. This is one such find. The Swan Mussel shells were frozen in a thin layer of ice at the water's edge and dusted with a light frosting to add something extra. I'm not sure which of the local waterfowl had left these shells here for me after eating the contents but I'm most grateful. The Swan Mussel has an interesting life cylce. The larval form of the mussel are stored within the body of the parent in a sac called a marsupium and grow here for several months before being released in their tens of thousands into the lake that the mussel lives in. Here the vast majority are consumed by fish or other predators but a small number reach their next homestead which is the gills or skin of a fish. They attach themselves to the fish and a cyst forms around them from within which they feed from the host as a parasite and develop to their final form as a small but fully formed mussel. At this point they burst through the cyst and drop to the mud at the bottom of the lake where they may live for up to eleven years, adding an extra broad ring to their shell each successive year and growing up to 8 or nine inches long. So now you know. Canon EOS 5D
150 mm
200 ISO
1/125 sec
f 8
Flash: Not Fired