Those Other Worlds

I love diving. It allows me to experience the world which is completely different from what we find above the water surface. Colours are often crazy though nobody can see them. Animals look like plants. Tall plants don’t have solid structures to support them, they use floats. Balls with sharp needles and no legs are animals that can move.


When you take that spiny ball into your hand, especially not underwater, it’s just that ordinary ‘common’ urchin. A valued delicacy for the few, but nothing interesting for the majority.


A macro lens can help us to discover another world of wonders. If we get closer to the surface of that ‘common’ urchin we can discover plenty of uncommon (read surprising, fascinating) features. The surface of the spines is far from simple, their bottom part is widened and its corrugation is ‘manufactured’ with high precision. Among the long ‘adult’ spines there is plenty of ‘young’ shorter ones. We can also spot flexible tubes (called tube feet) which use hydraulic principle and allow urchins to movedespite their hard shells.


I love diving. It allows me to observe not just one but multiple worlds of wonders.