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Sat, June 23, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, June 23, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

See anything? Stonefish just look like rubble. This is a closeup of the face of a stonefish. And about what I was looking at when I first found him. I was following a dragonet over the rubbly bottom, when I just noticed the face in the sand, and it was quite startling!
stonefish

21:10:41

Sun, June 17, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, June 17, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

These little catfish school on the reefs in largish groups, moving over the bottom and feeding. I find it amusing to try to get in front of the school and capture their faces as they encounter the strange bubbling photographer in their way.

catfish

10:08:01

Sun, June 10, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, June 10, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Would you believe this is a clam? A tridacna clam, once of several marine species that can grow quite large. Some of the clams have beautiful blue or green colors and patterns and some are almost iridescent. I like to take photo abstracts of these.

Tridacna

09:31:50

Sat, June 02, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, June 2, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Here’s another pretty little character. This is a tiny squat lobster, perhaps a half inch in length or so, that lives on a barrel sponge. I’ve heard these called Hairy Crabs, Fairy Crabs and even Sid Vicious crabs :). They camoflauge very well against the sponge, despite their vivid pink and purple coloration. But when you put a little light on them, they almost sparkle.

Sid Vicious

08:24:17

Thu, May 31, 2007

Scubadiving Magazine 2007 Photo Contest Results    [ Photography ]

I haven’t been spending much time pursuing photo contests lately, but I did send a couple to the Scubadiving Magazine contest this year. One of them, a Denise pygmy seahorse from the recent trip to the Solomons Islands, received an Honorable Mention in the Macro category. You can see it, and the rest of the winners at the Scubadiving Photo Contest webpage. You’ll have to dig through a fair number of photos to get to my HM in the Macro category, so here it is, as a shortcut:

Pygmy

22:05:45

Sat, May 26, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, May 26, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

It’s Memorial Day holiday weekend here in the States, and in honor of all the heroes who have fallen for our country, I’m posting a red, white and blue fish for the favorite today.

This fish is called an Elegant Dartfish, and is related to the maddening Fire Dartfish. They like to flirt with photographers and then zip into their hole at the slightest movement at the camera trigger. Then to add to the hassle, they also like to hang out at about 90 FSW or deeper. Little buggers. But they are pretty.

Elegant  Dartfish

10:26:48

Sun, May 20, 2007

I’m an obsessed photographer…    [ General,Photography ]

But I owe it all to my dad :). I don’t ever remember him being without a camera. When I was a small child, I have vivid memories of making playdough animals by the dim light of a darkroom redlight with my brother, as my dad made black and white prints and watched over us. He’s been gone for many years, but he left behind one of his first cameras, a Minolta Autocord TLR with a broken shutter. This camera moved around with me for many years and I re-discovered it in a box a couple of weeks ago. With a little internet surfing, I found a resource for repairing the camera (Karl Bryan, here in Oregon), and sent it off. Karl cleaned and fixed the camera, and replaced some leatherette. I got it back this week and it looks and works just beautifully. I’ve put two rolls of TMAX film through the camera now, and will have it developed very soon. I hope to have some shots from this camera up on the website shortly after. Isn’t it cute??

Minolta Autocord

08:07:21

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, May 20, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

This dwarf hawkfish lives on the Wreck of the Ann, in the Russell Islands of the Solomons. He found a little colony of tube sponges in which to hide from me and the sponges make for a nice constrasting background.

hawkfish

07:56:26

Sat, May 12, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, May 12, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Now I wasn’t kidding when I said there would be alot of these little coral hermit crabs in my Solomons favorites that I post here. They are one of my favorite critters to shoot in the Solomons. This one has vivid colors and is on a very soft looking green coral, a nice combination.

Coral Crab

12:22:05

Sat, May 05, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, May 5, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

In honor of my orange cat Tyler, now passed on, whose birthday was on Cinco de Mayo, I’m posting an orange-themed photo of a wire coral goby on a lovely wire coral.

wire coral goby

08:54:59

Sat, April 28, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, April 28, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Another anemonefish shot.. But this one seems a little different than the normal pose.

Anemonefish

08:44:32

More flowers in the garden..    [ Photography ]

From a couple of days ago..
Vinca

Clematis

08:39:44

Sat, April 21, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, April 21, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

When I indulge myself in shooting clownfish, I’m just as enamoured of the beautiful negative space of the anemones as with the fish themselves. And sometimes the anemone is the primary subject. So many different types, jeweled glass sculptures.

Anemone Mouth

12:36:45

Sat, April 14, 2007

Clematis blossoms    [ Photography ]

Here’s another recent shot of flowers from my yard:

Clematis

16:19:08

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, April 14, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

There’s a lovely site in the Solomons called Mirror Pond where I have lots of little friends that I have made over the years. In fact, there are hundreds of them. They are little coral hermit crabs, also called burrowing crabs. They live in the holes that were previously occupied by christmas tree worms. Some of them live quite close together and I imagine them having neighborly chats daily.
Coral Hermit Crabs

16:16:59

Sat, April 07, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, April 7, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

There are pygmy seahorses in the Solomons. Most of the pygmies I’ve seen there are the Hippocampus denise. I’ve seen the bumpies (bargibanti) there, but very rarely. The denise pygmies tend to be very small. This guy in particular was really tiny, and shy, but seemed rather interested in me. I have several photos of him checking me out, and he was very cute.

pygmy

10:32:02

Sun, April 01, 2007

And now for something completely different..    [ Photography ]

I have flowers blooming all over the yard right now, and a lens that I wanted to try out, so yesterday I had a seven minute shoot in the waning light before dusk. Here are a few of the results.

Clematis

Muscari

Cherry Blossoms

Daffodils

Hellebores

07:29:44

Sat, March 24, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, March 24, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

This little guy has been popular on Stumbleupon lately. He’s one of my favorites too. He’s a juvenile boxfish, which looks like a small, squarish bright yellow balloon with black spots and teeny tiny propeller fins.

Juvenile boxfish

13:38:50

Sun, March 18, 2007

It’s a marvelous night for a moondance..    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Hmmm, I think I might have messed up last week’s favorite of the day, and not made it public! It’s corrected now.

And now, for the Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, March 18, 2007:

This nudibranch (Nembrotha kubaryana) is trekking across what looks like moonscape. In reality, it’s a lovely lavender colored sponge, and I spotted him (her? it?) on a very current swept dive at the fabulous Solomons dive site called Velvia (aka Babycakes Reef in Newbert-speak). In fact, I got just this one mediocre shot of the nudi, before the current peeled it off the sponge and up into the water column, exposing its soft bluish underwear. Of course, it landed in a crevice with no worthwhile negative space and an awful angle. Ah well :).. At least I have this one shot of the nudi doing a moondance..

Nembrotha kubaryana

18:39:26

Sat, March 10, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, March 10, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

A funny little crab with a funny name, that’s the orangutan crab. And they do look like primates. These little crabs mostly live in bubble corals or mushroom corals, though I have seen them in other kinds or corals as well. They are a decorator crab, and gather red algae to embellish their skinny little appendages, which then looks like primate fur. This one is sitting in a mushroom coral.

orangutan crab

12:10:03

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