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Ok, no skiing.  When it is cold and snowy up in the mountains, that seems to me like a great time to head to the ocean.  So, pardon the interruption — there’s more Palau to post, but here are a few in real(ish) time.

I’ve always been told that diagonals make for strong compositions. So this one’s great, right?
Ok, kidding.

Found a nice coral whip with a goby.  Next time, I’ll try it with the CMC to get even tighter.


Dive site: Maui – Molokini Back Wall.

Shot with Olympus OMD EM5, 12-50 at 50mm f/8.0, 1/250th, ISO 200.

Scorpion fish everywhere.


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Dive site: Wailea Point, Maui, Hawaii

Would be even worse to bump into than the urchin from yesterday.


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Dive site: Wailea Point, Maui, Hawaii

Well, not “hoof” exactly. But they do move.

This is a shot looking straight down on a sea urchin. And you may notice that in addition to the nice zebra striped and big spines, it also has lots of thin very brittle (key point) spines.  You can see a bundle of them pointing from the center to the upper left corner of the picture.

And yes, very brittle.  I was taking a picture of something else and I must have gotten just a little too close.  When I pulled the camera away to chimp, I noticed that I had a clump of those thin spines poking out of my left arm.  People make fun of me for wearing extra thick neoprene.  (I joke that if they made fur lined wet suits, I’d go for one.  Hey, I get cold.)  But one more benefit of the extra thickness is that the spines were stuck in the suit, not in me.  A couple of minutes of extracting and I was back in business.


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Dive site: Molokini – Reef’s End, Maui, Hawaii

Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Hermit crab? Big deal. Dime a dozen. You can even buy them with decorated shells at the pet store. (And please — don’t do that.)

But this one is a little different.  First, he was big.  The size of a football.  And second, he was a Hairy Hermit!!  And you know you get bonus points for the hairy creatures, right?

On Molokini.  In a crevice.  And shot with my macro set up.  So you know, more bonus points for shooting a big creature when set up for little ones.  Right?

Anyway, I just liked him.


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Dive site: Molokini – Reef’s End, 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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