Warm air, warm water – that’s what I daydream about when we’re not diving. At the suggestion of our cruise director, we skipped a dive to take a ride through the steep walls of Waigeo, Indonesia to visit a small bay populated by jellyfish. Our tenders skimmed over a shallow sand bank and through a narrow passage to reveal hundreds of pulsing jellyfish – I think they are Mastigias papua, a short-lived species that inhabits tropical waters throughout the Indo-Pacific.
Looking at the distant Laha Jetty in the lovely light of the morning sun, it is hard to believe it is one of the muckiest and most trash-strewn places we’ve ever dived. It was worth it – the combination of volcanic rock and nutrient rich, fresh water run-off in Ambon Harbor, Indonesia seems to attract some of the most exotic marine life creatures in the world.
Above are bottles from my first bottle collecting trip ever (October 2012). I know I picked up a thousand Amstel and Heineken bottles for every “keeper” so while this collection wouldn’t excite more seasoned experts, I was stoked. Since then, I’ve spent many hours in old bookstores and on the net where one place, the Antique Bottles Forum, has been especially helpful. Two months later, equipped with a more discerning eye plus the help of local experts, I fared a … Read more My Bermuda Bottle Collection
I never thought of our fins as machines until I saw a review in machinedesign.com that talks about how swim fins convert our “kicking energy into forward motion” and likening the movement of water over the surface to that of air over an airplane wing: http://machinedesign.com/article/dual-blade-swim-fins-have-divers-kicking-with-ease-1019
I’ve started participating in something fun: Photo Friday over at photofriday.com. This is my entry for this week’s challenge: Mornings. On a cruise through the Raja Ampat region of Indonesia, the chance to see exotic birds like hornbills and cockatoos got us out of our bunks every day at dawn. Indulging in a little birdwatching before the day’s scuba diving began made for magical mornings.
Bermuda, October 2012 ~ During a dive at Nonsuch Island three years ago, I found an intact marble bottle. I wasn’t hunting for bottles; I was supposed to be counting fish, but the tiniest hint of aqua glass caught my eye and I started digging. It took about five minutes to free the sediment-filled bottle from the soft sand bottom but I was hooked at the last tug. Before I continue, I need to do some record straightening. A few … Read more Bermuda Bottle Hunting
June 2012 ~ Earlier this week I posted photos from the first week of our Lembeh Fish & Critter Hunt with Eco Divers Resort Lembeh. We sadly said goodbye to our friends from the Octopus Army and greeted a new crowd for Week 2 and wow, another super adventure! The group embraced the hit list of 30 animals with gusto and with the help of our superb dive guides, most had checked off the entire list by mid-week. One of … Read more Lembeh Fish & Critter Hunt – Week Two
June 2012 ~ We are blogging from the center of Lembeh Strait, Indonesia this week. When I say we are in the center of the Strait, that is where we are, literally – out on Eco Divers’ day boat, posting through the miracle of Wi-Fi. This pinhead sized shrimp, photographed by Wendy McIlroy, exemplifies the reason we keep returning to Lembeh. Ned and I made our first dive here in 1999 and since, have made the 44-hour trip from our … Read more Lembeh Fish & Critter Hunt – Week One