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Sat, August 25, 2012

Website updates!    [ Diving,Photography,Travel,Website updates ]

I’ve been at work at updating the website, with a new logo and a few tweaks to the style.  I replaced the Flash movie on the home page with an HTML5 video slider, which works on iOS and other devices that don’t support Flash.

Have also added the small gallery from my trip to Raja Ampat last fall:

Raja Ampat 2011 Gallery

Here are a couple of photos from the trip:

18:24:33

Sat, January 22, 2011

2010 Raja Ampat Gallery and Slideshow Posted    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Have done a tad better this time about getting my galleries and slideshows up more quickly.  Here is the page to the Raja Ampat 2010 galleries and slideshows:

2010 Raja Ampat Page

18:37:06

Mon, July 05, 2010

Finally! Indonesia gallery from last fall is up…    [ Diving,Photography,Travel,Website updates ]

I think I set a record this time for how long it has taken me to get my galleries from last fall’s trip to Indonesia up on my website. This is in contrast to the record fast time I set in 2008 for getting the galleries up from that fall’s trip. Ah well, life has been busy.

Anyway, there is a short gallery, two full galleries from the Triton Bay/Raja Ampat and Bali portions respectively, and a plethora of slideshow viewing options, from Mac OSX apps or Windows exes, to Flash.

Indonesia 2009 gallery

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10:39:20

Sat, November 14, 2009

Checking in from Bali    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

We are on the tail end of our trip to Triton Bay, Raja Ampat and Bali, and are currently relaxing in Ubud at the Alam Indah. It’s been a good trip, if not as productive as last year. Here are a few random shots from the trip.

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16:39:59

Sun, January 11, 2009

Raja Ampat Gallery    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

The second gallery I’m posting today is from my trip to Raja Ampat in Indonesia:

Raja Ampat Gallery

As always, there are multimedia slideshows for PC (exe, best quality) or mac/linux (Flash).

Here are a few photos from the trip:

mangroves

oscellaris

tozeuma

soft coral

16:19:17

Galapagos Gallery    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

I have been a laggard and not yet posted about my recent galleries that I added from my November trips. The first one is my Galapagos gallery:

Galapagos Gallery

There are multimedia slideshows listed there for either PC (best quality), or Flash that can be viewed on Macs or linux machines.

Here are a few photos from the trip that were not posted in my trip post previously:

rays

reef

whaleshark

crab

iguana

16:11:13

Wed, November 26, 2008

And now some images from Raja Ampat..    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Right after we returned from the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, we turned right around and went to Raja Ampat in Indonesia (West Papua) for some warm water diving and time in the tropics. This was a terrific trip for underwater photography, organized and run by Deb Fugitt of City Seahorse. Here are a few photos from the trip:

16:08:33

Sun, November 09, 2008

A few images from the Galapagos…    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

I’m back from the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. This is a fascinating area, and I had a wonderful trip. Here are a few images from the trip.

09:46:41

Sun, September 21, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, September 21, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Another Lembeh favorite for today, and this time it’s a common subject, a clown anemonefish. Common, but always lovely, I enjoy shooting these guys.

clownfish

Gotta love Nemo!!

21:35:51

Mon, September 01, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, September 1, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Okay, back to posting some favorites from my last Lembeh trip! This is a zebra crab, who makes his home within the poisonous spines of a fire urchin. Fire urchins are beautiful creatures, if not that easy to get along with, and they make a sparkling negative space for this strikingly striped little crab.

urchin crab

14:16:00

Wed, June 04, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, June 4, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Wow, I’ve been so busy lately, but didn’t realize it had been quite that long since I posted a favorite photo! Hope that y’all haven’t given up on me.

Today’s favorite is a very cool critter, a peacock mantis shrimp. This little lady is also carrying a large bundle of eggs, protecting them until it is time for them to hatch. I should have posted this one on mother’s day!

mantis

18:10:00

Sat, February 09, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, February 9, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

This is an interesting criiter, IMHO. The blue ribbon eel starts out all the same sex, and are black with yellow stripes when a juvenile. As they mature, they are males that are a bright blue with yellow stripes. When and if they become a more aged eel, they will have the opportunity to turn female, and all yellow, such as this one. Also known as the “Old maid eel”. However, this is when they reproduce, so these eels are essential to the survival of the species. However, the yellow ones are much more rare than the blue or black ones.

yellow ribbon eel

22:30:34

Sun, February 03, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, February 3rd, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

There are some interesting corallimorphs in Sulawesi, but I’m not very good at IDing them. This is a corallimorph with some resident Periclimenes shrimp.

shrimp

09:21:22

Mon, January 21, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, January 21th, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Clownfish are tough subjects. They’re wiggly to the point of being hyperactive, and sometimes they are aggressive and like to chase us photographers around. I was lucky and came across these two posers:

clowns

These guys are “false” clownfish, since the true clownfish are Amphiprion percula, and these are Amphiprion oscellaris.

19:30:12

Sun, January 13, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, January 13th, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Crinoid shrimp are small reclusive crustaceans that like to hide within the arms of crinoids on the reef. They are so well camoflauged that many divers overlook them. Dive guides will frequently push them out of their hiding places with their pointers, but I don’t like it when they do that. This one, however, was sitting right out on top of an arm, and the dive guide just pointed to it as we came across it. It was a nice, vibrant yellow.

crinoid shrimp

19:35:35

Sun, January 06, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, January 6th, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

There are numerous fish in the world known as batfish. Strange red-lipped batfish and other varieties that walk on the bottom, as well as the spadefish types. The spadefish types are really beautiful when they are juveniles, sometimes having ultra elongated shapes and vivid colors. Even as a juvenile, a pinnate batfish can be several feet in height, and are usually jet black with a neon orange border when very young. This juvenile was tiny, only an inch or so tall at most, and swam constantly in circles, as the juvies typically do. I’ve wanted a good photo of one of these for ages, but the ones I’ve seen before are typically tucked in a crevice, and are so large that it’s difficult to get a good framing without too much water between. Because this one was tiny and out in the open, it was much easier to photograph, although even so, the constant movement made it hard to get the right perspective.

batfish

14:25:31

Sun, December 30, 2007

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, December 30, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

We encountered many juvenile cuttlefish on this trip to Lembeh, in all different sizes. This was a juvie who was curious about me, but trying to stay a little hidden next to some lavendar colored algae.

Juvie cuttle

12:31:43

Sun, December 23, 2007

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, December 23, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

It was hard for me to choose my first favorite of the day from this trip. I decided to go with this harlequin shrimp, since I’ve seen harlequins so rarely in the past. I have seen them deep within a cauliflower coral in Kona. I saw a beautiful pair in Papua New Guinea. And I saw a pair in Thailand at Richeliu Rock. We’d heard there was a pair at a dive site in Lembeh Strait, so we talked to the guides and made plans to go there. We saw them on two different dives on this site. The first time, the pair was walking around a small cluster of coral, a cleaning station type area. That is when I took this photo. I believe they were hunting for sea stars, their favorite food. The second time, a few days later, they were away from the coral and hiding in some mucky sponges, along with a red sea star that they were eating, so they had been successful in their hunt. They are beautiful shrimp.

harlequin shrimp

14:10:31

Sat, December 08, 2007

Lembeh 2007 Gallery and Slideshows    [ Diving,Photography,Travel,Website updates ]

I have now posted the gallery for the 2007 Lembeh Strait trip:

Gallery

Also on that page are PC (EXE) and Mac (Flash) versions of a multimedia slideshow.

Enjoy!

Shrimp

08:09:44

Fri, November 02, 2007

Blue Ring Octopus    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Another couple of great dives here in Lembeh. Still jetlagged, so taking it easy the first couple of days. Once again, one dive with film and one with digital. We were lucky enough to encounter a blue ring octopus on the first dive of the day, at Tanda Rusa.

Blue Ring

Blue Ring 2

In this photo, the blue ring has just caught something to eat and is eating it:
Blue Ring eating

And we had a few other critters on this dive as well..

A snake eel with a cleaner shrimp:
Snake Eel

A juvenile cuttlefish:
Juvenile Cuttlefish

A fingered dragonet:
dragonet

A cool cowrie:
Cowrie

And some lovely nudibranchs:
Nudi

A very nice dive…

05:25:41

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