Close up of a giant clam
Tridacna is a genus of large saltwater clams, marine bivalve mollusks in the subfamily Tridacninae, the giant clams. They have heavy shells, fluted with 4 to 6 folds. The mantle is brightly coloured. They inhabit shallow waters of coral reefs in warm seas of the Indo-Pacific region.
Tridacna clams are common inhabitants of Indo-Pacific coral reef benthic communities in shallower waters. They live in symbiosis with photosynthetic dinoflagellate algae (Symbiodinium) that grow in the mantle tissues. Light penetrates the mantle through small lens-like structures called ocelli. They are sessile in adulthood. By day, the clams spread out their mantle so that the algae receive the sunlight they need to photosynthesize, whereas the colour pigments protect the clam against excessive light and UV radiation. Adult clams get most (70-100%) of their nutrients from the algae and the rest from filter feeding. When disturbed, the clam closes its shell. The popular opinion that they pose danger to divers who get trapped or injured between the closing sharp-edged shell is not very real, as the closing reaction is quite slow. Their large size and easy accessibility has caused overfishing and collapse of the natural stocks in many places and extirpation in some of the species. They are being sustainably farmed in some areas, both for the seafood market in some Asian countries and for the aquarium trade.
Tridacna clams can produce large white pearls with an undulating, porcelain-like surface, which may be described as "non-nacreous pearls". The "Pearl of Lao Tzu", also known as the "Pearl of Allah", is the world's largest pearl weighing 6.4 kilogrammes; it was said to have been found inside a Tridacna gigas by a Filipino diver in 1934. #nature#wildlife#ocean#sealife#naturephotography#sea#saltlife#coralreef#underwater#fish#underwaterworld#underwaterphoto#uwphotography#blueplanet#underthesea#deepbluesea#marinelife#animalkingdom#naturelovers#naturalworld#naturephotography#wildlifeplanet#natgeowild#instanature#beautiful#picoftheday#seacreatures#wildlife#photooftheday#pescado
Ce jour là, je suis devenue professeur de yoga. Mais finalement, c’est aussi le jour où je suis devenue élève. Celui où j’ai pris l’ampleur de ce qui allait changer dans ma vie et dans ma perception des choses après tout ce que je venais d’apprendre. Celui où j’ai compris à quel point ce chemin que je choisissais, celui de la transformation, allait être long et pas facile. Mais en même temps j’avais tellement d’amour dans mon cœur ce jour-là qu’il m’aurait paru impossible de choisir un autre chemin !
Aujourd’hui c’est un de ces moment pas faciles, ou j’ai du mal à trouver ma place entre l’élève et la prof, entre ma pratique personnelle et la pratique pour mes cours.
Puis après, je me souviens de ce jour, l’amour me remplit à nouveau et je sais que tout va parfaitement bien, que je suis sur le bon chemin
This was the day I became a yoga teacher. And actually the day I became a student too
The day I realized how many things were going to change in my life and my perception after learning and understanding so many things. The day I acknowledged how the transformative path I was choosing wasn’t going to be easy nor short. How it was going to be the work of a lifetime... But I was filled with so much love on this day, that any challenge seemed to be so far and that I wouldn’t have chosen any other easier path.
Today is one of those days where I find it hard to find balance between being a student and being a teacher, practicing for me and for my classes.
And then I remember this day, I feel love filling my heart and surrender