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No-one’s messing with me

by Clare Wilders

Every Friday, Darren invites someone to become ‘Guest Editor’ for the day to choose and discuss three or four images that have not been previously published on the website.  Today’s Guest Editor is Clare Wilders, a diving instructor who has been living and working in Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt for the last five years.  Clare created and runs the DiveBunnie website for women scuba divers.

This is the epitome of spikiness. All squished into the little hole with its spines sticking out. There is no way anyone is going to mess with this little urchin today.

I really like the colour of the spines, how they are circled at the base with a bright white ring, and then fade from a fiery orange through yellow and brown along the shaft, ending in a piercing white tip, just to warn off any predators who may have been contemplating braving those spikes for a little food. The exaggerated perspective that the spines create, almost implies a movement blur, as if the spines had just shot out of his skin in a flash move of dramatic self-defence. Of course we all know that urchins don’t function in that way, but the look here is impressive.

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