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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Pemuteran June 6th 2013

The run off rain in Tulamben had ruined the visibilitly and I made a last minute turn and decided to explore the West side of Bali. Komang my new driver arrived early and was super nice. Ricky complaint to much. But my main issue with Ricky was that he was pressuring me to decide what to do and when. I want to decide..Its my trip. He wants to force me to do what he wants and some how everytime he manages to talk me out of doing what I want ending up very convenient for him. This time Wayan helped me get another diver and encourage me to try the west side and if I didn’t like it I could always come back. We pulled a map, threw in some dive site names and made a ... read more
Beach View
Mountains + Ocean

Asia » Indonesia » Bali June 6th 2013

Dilema: What to do on my last night dive? Go get a better shot of something I have already seen (almost for sure: mating dragonnetes) or go see something I have never seen (Not for sure: Mating mandarin)…I switched back and fwd when I think half of the island or more think there are no mandarine fish in Bali… 06 06 2013 Bali 80 Secret Bay am I didn’t really care much for going back to secret bay but I really really wanted a potrait, award winner shot of that cute blenny with puffy cheejs I saw earlier during the week. So I decided to at least do one more dive there. It was raining all morning, Mr Yono stopped at an Internet place in Gilimanuk while waiting for the ... read more
Another view of the special find

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Pemuteran June 6th 2013

I have 6349 images taken in 84 dives in Bali 2013. 2953 of them are already marked as Rejected ready to be deleted when I am in a cleaning mood. I learn to wait a a few weeks and keep them in the freezer in case I change my mind. 2599 I haven’t looked at because they are mostly boring. I have flagged only 88 to look at and only 4 that I am really happy with so far. My first night at the airport in Taiwan I was playing taking photos of my computer screen at low light and I set my ISo at 3200. Then I did about 30 dives with my camera like that. A complete Amateur mistake. Unforgettable! I was concentrated in playing with snoots and finding a hairy shrimp and doing ... read more
My first Harlequin!
 Can't skip a Tiger Shrimp
 Typical Shrimp

North America May 3rd 2013

05 04 2013 Octo with Bumble bee. Watching this behavior is what actually made me start thinking about video. One of the last dives before our quick departure to Indo, I dove the left over 2500 psi from the day before and I was diving in a different way checking for something unusual on common subjects diving slow and carefully. I saw a playful octo that grabbed my tickle stick and I noticed clear shrimp around it. There were a bunch of these clear shrimp jumping off and on the octo. When I was trying to take some pics of the clear shrimp I noticed onebumblebee shrimp and then another one and another one jumping on the octo and picking on its sucklers… so cool. The octo was completely surrounded by bumblebee shrimp that would pick ... read more
Bumble Bee Shrimp playing with an the sucklers of an Octopus
Bumble Bee jumping on Octo

North America » United States » Florida » Loxahatchee April 30th 2013

…what a busy week! I will take photos of all the trees we planted …in the meantime please check out some of my closest neighbors ;) Paul's ashes were thrown at sea during a simple japanese ceremony in Hawaii on Thursday…It should have been done from a plane but a canoe was just fine..... read more
Purselane flower
A lady bug for luck
I saw at least a couple and hopefully they will make more

North America » United States » Florida » Loxahatchee March 12th 2013

Gardening has always been a great way to clear my mind. I stopped all the tasks I was working on and walked the new yard for first time. I found some rocks on a pile that could make a great fire pit. Hmmm. Ideas, ideas. It would take a long time and work to have the lot the way I would like it to feel, look and smell. I started by cleaning a palm tree by the garage that I always see when I pull up… while I think of a new spot for it. There was a pretty bug with bright blue stripes. I wanted to run to get my camera but then I thought: ahh by the time I come back it is going to be gone. Half of the leaves of the palmtree ... read more
1/50 f 9
1/80 f 6.3

North America » United States » Florida March 8th 2013

Friday was going to be a short dive. Probalby just about 2 hrs. High tide was very close to sunset and we need a special permit to be in the park after dark. We tested the 161 strobe early in the morning and decided it was faulty. I started my dive by the bikes where the big jawfish are. There were a couple of pregnant seahorses there yesterday and it was the last know location of the long nose batfish but no luck. I couldn’t find either one. Judy’s triegger fish was still by the tire and its mate was still swimming around. I stopped by and spent some time with it. After a while I discovered that there is a yellow cleanind shrimp inside the tire and the triegger fish like to get in there ... read more
Jawfish with very expressive eyes.
Mating dragonets.
Jawfish with black eyes. Is this a different kind?

North America » United States » Florida » Riviera Beach March 6th 2013

I dove solo but Linda, Rob and Patrice were in the water. The fist part of the dive I help Linda and Rob to look for the long nose batfish but none of us could find it. We hope it is still around so they can document it. I photographed a blenny on a bottle. I would love to get back to it and snoot it. I spend a lot of time whatching a squid sleep. It was pretty big almost a ft in length. I have never seen one that big. Its mouth cought my attention and I tried to capture the way it was blowing air out of it. The squid would fall down in the water column and go back up flapping its wings. So beautifuI. Up and down. And blow air continiously. ... read more
Seaweed Blenny

North America » United States » Florida » Riviera Beach March 5th 2013

There have been a couple of weeks since I arrived from Hi and I was dealing with our photo exhibit at The Blue Wild Expo. I was definitely looking forward to get wet. I emailed Linda and Judy to find out viz latest report and late findings. Linda was looking to photograph the Costasiellas and the long horn batfish. Judy and I were in a “whatever” mode. Deb reported 9 Black American seahares the week before and we saw a couple by the swimming area...we still don’t know what is causing so many do die. Linda was lucky to spend 45 minutes with a baby manatee. What a wonderful encounter!! I photographed an orange skeleton, there were a few duskys with eggs and I shot one with orange eggs. I saw a hermit crab trying to ... read more
Dusky jawfish with eggs
Hermit crab
Lizard fish

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu February 15th 2013

Dive 22. China Wall or Port Lock Dive with Arnie, Terri and Charlie. Jump off and climb up riding the surge up to get off and handing gear up to your buddies…kind of dive. Arnie does it solo to collect sea urchins for the university. We saw a pretty nudi I should have spent more time with. Eels and cleaning stations. There were a few leaf scorpions. I shot a couple of flatworms. 3 turtles and eels. It was surgie and I came up to the 25ft level to conserve air. Arnie and Terri are in their late 60’s and they do hardcore dives like if they were in their 20’s. Then we went for breakfast in Kailua. This is the site where Ana Fish had an awesome encounter with Monk Seals. This was my last ... read more
Pretty fish…juvenile….I think

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