Stills V3

August 7, 2010

The Last of the Rain Pool

Filed under: Christina — Christina @ 15:15
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve

The colorful killifish in the image are Florida (or American) Flagfish (Jordanella floridae) — their size is up to 2.5 in. (6.4 cm).



  1. All those eyeballs staring back at me. It’s easy to miss them for the colors, but once you see them, it’s hard not to make contact.

    Comment by alofsm — August 7, 2010 @ 15:58

  2. The title in this gives me a sad interpretation of what I see in the image. Fish dying for lack of water and oxygen…………………….


    Comment by Rex — August 7, 2010 @ 19:08

  3. Without mentioning their length it would be easy to think that these are larger fish. In this presentation they are roughly life size.

    Yes to what’s in the first two comments and a slight surprise that the water is so clear given that the pool is disappearing. The stronger colours are offset nicely by the more subdued and subtle ones and one can stay with this for some time treating it as a colour study. But there is always something to give the game away and here it is the bubbles.

    Comment by zavaell — August 10, 2010 @ 06:38

  4. On an initial look I saw no water. After reading the comments it becomes a little more obvious. Not so sure about the ‘puddle’ weeds included along the right but with all those eyes staring at me and colours to look back at there is plenty else going on to distract me from that area. Interesting and one which grows on me with each further viewing.

    Comment by akikana — August 10, 2010 @ 07:33

  5. I, too, missed the water on first viewing. I got lost in thinking that the colours were very bright for landed fish!

    Comment by colinjago — August 10, 2010 @ 09:49

  6. My own issue with this image is a lack of anything to show scale. Even with some that I took from more distance, it is difficult to tell how small the pools (there were several, presumably connected before the dry down) and the fish are. If I have another opportunity to photograph this, I will try to find some way to indicate that.

    Sad though it may seem (my first, unreasonable, reaction to this find was to want to somehow save them all), this common event provides food and fertilizer to a vast number of animals and plants — and the fish and their eggs are adapted to these cycles. It amazes me how fish appear seemingly out of nowhere in a new temporary pool.

    John — why would you think the water would not be clear?

    Comment by Christina — August 10, 2010 @ 13:27

  7. Fair question. Purely because I associate shallow water with creatures in it as having mud or sediment stirred up – obviously wrongly!

    As to scale, this would lose something if you were to show scale even if the accuracy improved.

    Comment by zavaell — August 11, 2010 @ 06:41

  8. these guys probably lived with more purpose in their lives than many walking the streets of our cities.

    A beautiful complex picture full of delicate colour and fine details/textures. You could probably lose yourself in a huge print of this.

    Comment by rhoehne — August 21, 2010 @ 12:09

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