Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Clearing Fog, Long Island's North Shore... Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 30, 2006

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Afternoon Shadows... Posted by Picasa
Islip Grange, Sayville, NY
Final approach, Flamingo International via Divi Divi Air..... Posted by Picasa

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Friday, January 27, 2006

Photo Friday Entry: "VANITY"

" YES, That is Me... " she said.Posted by Picasa
Donna from Donna and Giorgio's Restaurant...
Keeping an eye on those gauges... Posted by Picasa
Important information to know: PSI, depth and bottom time.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Windmills, Bonaire... Posted by Picasa
Dutch technology on an island with strong ties to Holland.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Banded Coral Shrimp... Posted by Picasa
A cleaner shrimp, the Banded Coral Shrimp advertises it's services on the reef. Fish, large and small will use the cleaner shrimp to rid themselves of food debris and parasites in a form of marine flossing. Fish will remain very still with gills flared during the cleaning. The banded Coral shrimp, although only about an inch and a half in length, is easy to spot. The long whisker-like antenae and the red bans are readily visible to divers.
A Goldentail Moray emerges from from the coral... Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 23, 2006

Caribbean Mantis Shrimp... Posted by Picasa
What is that?...After years of diving I saw, for the first time, alarm on the dive master's face. This is a shot of a Mantis Shrimp in it's sand burrow. Having never seen one before I was unaware that they are aggressive with a nasty temperament and that they are capable of inflicting serious injury. "Split Thumb" is a hazard to divers who get too close as this animal uses it's hammer like claws with incredible speed and force. In captivity some species can break aquarium glass. Caribbean Mantis Shrimp (Stomatopod are not true "shrimp") can grow to 40 cm and have the power to cut a finger or toe deep to the bone. For video clips of this character in action click here for "OceanFootage".
Getting the Shot.... Posted by Picasa
I am learning that underwater photography requires patience, perseverance and occasionally pursuit. This effort was an attempt to capture a large balloonfish as it swam away.
Fish Greetings... Posted by Picasa
A French Grunt and a Schoolmaster Snapper seem to acknowledge each other as they share their home on the reef.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Bonaire Surf... Posted by Picasa
The force of the Caribbean sea is evident at Boka Chikiti on Bonaire's Northwest corner. Unlike the diver friendly leeward side of the island, Bonaire's other shoreline has a much more treacherous beauty. This photo was taken inside the National Park.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

The photographer captures yet another sunset... Posted by Picasa
Sunset over Klien Bonaire... Posted by Picasa
Gotto Meer, Bonaire's pristine wild Flamingo preserve... Posted by Picasa

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Bonaire's wild donkeys... Posted by Picasa
Donkey decendants from Bonaire's argicultural past have become free and wild animals. The Donkey Sanctuary in Bonaire has been rescuing this population from explotation and starvation.
Bonaire locals enjoying the beach and each other....! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

My dive partner splashes in to start her dive number 200.......! Posted by Picasa
Barracuda... Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 16, 2006

Bonaire Slave Huts...
Prior to the invention of SCUBA, Bonaire's main industry was the production of sea salt. In the dark days of slavery men and women were forced to work as saltrakers in the salt evaporation pans of Bonaire's south shore. During the "harvest season" slaves were housed in these structures along the south beach after a long march from the town of Rincon. Today these structures are restored and maintained by the local parks department. The slave huts are a "must see" destination for all tourists to the island. Posted by Picasa