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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Angry Sponge Crab.

This guy was not happy. He wanted to get to a nice, protected hole. And he was motoring across the bottom.  I was in his way and so he waved claws at me and just kept moving, ultimately going right under me.

See that dirty yellow thing on the crab’s back?  That’s a sponge that the crab has harvested.  He holds onto it with little claws in the back and uses it for camouflage.  It doesn’t work well out in the open. But down in his hole, it does work pretty well.

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Dive site: Red Hill, Maui, Hawaii

Well, Frogfish and other fish, anyway.

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Dive site: Red Hill, Maui, Hawaii

As the coach on the Adidas app say, “Ok, here we go.”  And we’re going a little out of order.  Because after I came back from Indonesia, I didn’t really go straight to Maui.  My wetsuit actually got completely dry.  I went up to see wildflowers in Yosemite.  But I’ve still got to process those.  So, Maui first.

I tried to shoot wide angle based on what I’d learned in Raja Ampat but really didn’t feel it.  So, I switched back to macro and liked it a lot better there.  Naturally, there were occasions where I really wished I’d had a wider option — I’m looking at you Mr. Baracuda.  But on the whole, looking for smaller worked out pretty well.

On that first day while I was set up for wide, I saw these guys in a crevasse on the back wall of Molokini.  Molokini is a crescent shaped volcanic crater off the coast of Maui.  Lots of people really love the back wall.  And there are good things going for it.  The water is crystal clear.  The blue is beautiful.  (And the combination of the two things can definitely trip you up and have you deeper than you wanted to be on your safety stop if you’re not careful.  60 feet?  Ok, let’s try those 3 minutes again…)  Plus you often see some big things swimming by.  So, I don’t dislike it by any stretch.  But it isn’t my favorite spot on Molokini — that’s Reef’s End.  Stay tuned and we’ll see some Reef’s End residents later.

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The Indo Siren, home for the last 10 days. Sadly, it is time to go.  Great trip.  Learned a ton from Alex and my fellow workshop-mates.  Terrific crew.

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Raja Ampat, Indonesia, February 2014

Sadly, last day of diving this trip. But mantas, so not so sad.

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Dive Site: Blue Magic, Dampier, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, February 2014

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Dive Site: Citrus Ridge, Yangeffo, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, February 2014

This one on a cool background with lots of little sea squirts.

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Dive Site: Citrus Ridge, Yangeffo, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, February 2014

Not really.  More of the green hard coral I’m not supposed to be wasting my time on.  But hey, can’t resist.

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Dive Site: Citrus Ridge, Yangeffo, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, February 2014

Literally, the sea. Not so literally, the old man part.

Mostly underwater you’re looking at fish faces. But every once in a while, you come around a corner and boom, there’s a different kind of face. Underwater Moai?

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Dive Site: Citrus Ridge, Yangeffo, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, February 2014

Valerie Reid.  The hair and makeup are particularly good in this shot.

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Dive Site: Equator, Kawe, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, February 2014