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Bay of Fires on Tasmania’s northeast coast extends from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point and is a popular tourist destination due to its gentler climate and picturesque beauty. Bay of Fires region is best known for the orange lichen that grows on the rocks along the coast. The lichen’s striking color contrasted with the surrounding white sand beaches and crystal blue waters makes it an idyllic photographer’s delight. Interestingly, Bay of Fires was not given its name due to the the flaming orange lichen for which it is famous but, rather, the many Tasmanian aboriginal fires spotted in the area by early European explorers.
The Bay of Fires is a wonderful playground to explore numerous tide pools that teem with life of every different shape and colour. Sea anemones, snails, starfish and small crustaceans are all found in the pools, and when we take the time to step into their small world to observe them, we discover many fascinating things that we normally would have passed by without ever noticing.
“How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number–living things both large and small.” (Psalm 104:24-25)
The Tasmanian snails Austrocochlea Brevis and Austrocochlea Constricta get the credit for making this lovely piece of natural artwork in a tide pool along the Bay of Fires in northeast Tasmania. My dad gets the credit for discovering it. All I did was photograph it!