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Sat, September 30, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, September 30, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

How about another cephalopod?  One of my favorite marine animals is the cuttlefish, which, as octopus, come in a wide variety of sizes and colors.  The reef cuttles in Lembeh are fairly friendly, but cautious.  Some of them hide in the sand.  This cuttlefish was high in the water column.  You can tell by the coloration that it was relaxed and not threatened, yet did not let me get close enough for a face portrait.

Cuttlefish

09:02:09

Sat, September 23, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, September 23, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Lembeh has wonderful octopuses. I have seen the mimic, wonderpus, long armed, and starry octopuses there, along with this guy, the coconut octopus. The coconut octopus takes shelter in coconut or mollusc shells, and frequently carries them around with him on his travels of the day.

Octopus with shell

Walking Octopus

07:09:59

Sat, September 16, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, September 16, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

There are lots of interesting nudibranchs, and many in Lembeh just seem to want to pose, especially the Hypselodoris bullocki:

Hypselodoris bullocki

11:56:28

Sat, September 09, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, September 9, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

One of the approaches I like to take (and which I learned from Chris Newbert) is to look at an ordinary subject, such as this Chromodoris quadricolor nudibranch, and try to show it in an unordinary way.  Still working on this tactic…

Chromodoris quadricolor

07:38:14

Sat, September 02, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, September 2, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

There are many, many frogfish in the Lembeh Strait. Lembeh has the reputation of being the frogfish capital of the world, and I have to believe it. I’ve certainly never seen so many frogs as I’ve seen there. Some are large, some are tiny, some are ugly, and some are very beautiful. This one had a lovely face.

Frog

09:55:22

Sat, August 26, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, August 26, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

This is a pair of Moon faced Euselenops, which I’d never seen before. They are a type of pleurobranch, small (less than 2 inches in length), and very fast moving for a branch. I watched these two come swirling together in a dance before settling down to mate. This is another photo that is more about critter interest than about the aesthestic.

06:24:57

Mon, August 21, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, August 21, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

I’ve seen Chinese Dragon nudibranchs in several Indo-pacific locations, but the ones I’ve seen in the Lembeh Strait have been especially ornate and pretty. This one was in a lovely pose.

Chinese Dragon Nudibranch

21:05:10

Sat, August 12, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, August 12, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

I am not sure why this particular photo appeals to me.  I think I like the form and flow, and the fact that the two slugs look a bit like mother and child, though I am sure they are not.

Sea Slugs

06:16:16

Fri, August 04, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, August 4, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

I like thorny seahorses and think they are one of the more photogenic seahorse varieties.

Thorny seahorse

06:19:07

Fri, July 28, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, July 28, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

This is a spiny waspfish, one of several species of waspfish that I have seen in the Lembeh Strait, but this is one of the less common ones. Its pale color made for a nice contrast with the dark green sponge.

Spiny Waspfish

07:20:11

Sat, July 22, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, July 22, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

I have difficulty telling the difference between juvenile cuttlefish and full grown pygmy or other tiny cuttlefish.  I need to do more research into the distinguishing factors, but I believe this one was a juvenile (about 2″ in length).

Cuttlefish

07:24:05

Sun, July 16, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, July 16, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Fingered dragonets are funny little fish. They have claw-like pectoral fins, and walk about on the bottom with deliberate, lurching movements. They look very nondescript at first glance, but have some beautiful blue markings on their face and fins, well worth a closeup.

Fingered Dragonet

09:51:28

Wed, July 12, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, July 12, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

No, I haven’t slacked off, and I have yet more photos that I want to post, but I’ve just been very busy. It’s time to look at Rhinopias number two from this trip. This is again a Rhinopias frondosa, similar to the yawning red one I posted earlier, but this one was a beautiful lavender color. He seems to have lots of friends attached to his face (I think I counted at least five isopods (amphipods??) on him). I hope they aren’t bugging him…

Lavender Rhinopias

17:51:18

Thu, July 06, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, July 6, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Clowns are always great fun to shoot. ‘Nuff said! :)

Spinecheek

21:25:18

Sun, July 02, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, July 2, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Lionfish are very common in the Indo-Pacific; however, I never get tired of shooting them. They can be very curious and bold, approaching divers and bumping into their reflections in the housing port. This lionfish seemed enamored of his own reflection, and I’m posting two favorites that I took of him. We were off the bottom and in the water column, and I was able to shoot him without any distracting background.

Lionfish face

Lionfish

11:33:20

Thu, June 29, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, June 29, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Today’s favorite is another critter interest shot.  I have seen these cute little ringed pipefish in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Indonesia.  Frequently you will see them in groups or pairs.  Once in a while you will see that the male is carrying eggs, as is the one in this photo.  They carry the eggs on their belly, not in a pouch.

Ringed Pipefish

08:44:07

Sun, June 25, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, June 25, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

This is a shrimp called Vir phillippinensis. They are very tiny and live in bubble coral such as that seen here. If you inspect bubble coral, you will frequently see them, but most of the time they are overlooked, as they are very small and transparent. This one is missing one of its front claws, but it is very pretty anyway. There are some variations in stripe pattern and color in the ones I’ve seen in Indonesia and Thailand.

Bubble coral shrimp

10:53:25

Thu, June 22, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, June 22, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Today’s photo is a semi-closeup of a threadfin hawkfish. Hawkfish are lovely little fish, and threadfins are commonly found on barrel sponges.

Threadfin Hawkfish

07:25:22

Mon, June 19, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, June 19, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

One of my very favorite subjects to shoot is the tunicate. They come in all different sizes, shapes and colors. Some are translucent, and some are opaque. Some only reveal their beauty when touched with light. Some of the prettiest ones look like glass sculpture to me. This photo has many tunicates of different colors and some different types as well.

Tunicates

08:52:02

Sat, June 17, 2006

Lembeh ‘06 Favorite of the Day, June 17, 2006    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Here’s an interesting behavioral shot for today’s photo. This crab is holding a fire urchin on top of his shell, as protection. If you look closely, you can see some of the crab’s legs holding on to the urchin. I’m sure the fire urchin is a very effective deterrant!

Crab with Urchin

07:41:52

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