Movie Monday – Dolphins!

As we were heading out in the boat for our morning dive, we looked out to the starboard side and saw a huge disturbance on the surface of the water – then dorsal fins. What ensued was a dance between us in the boat and a pod of more than 50 Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. Enjoy!

Freddie the Frog-fish

Freddie the Frogfish

Freddie the Frogfish

Another shot from the coral reefs of Bonaire, here’s the elusive Freddie. He’s a Frog-fish. A member of the Anglerfish family, Freddie “fishes” for his food by dangling a worm-like lure in front of his face thereby attracting unsuspecting prey right to his mouth. He is also a master of camouflage – which works to his advantage both for luring fish his way but also for hiding him from bigger prey. This makes it almost impossible for divers to find him, except that he typically doesn’t move very far, once he’s found a spot on the reef that he likes.

To orient you to Freddie’s basic anatomy, his eye can be found between the brownish/whitish features along that right edge. His pectoral fin looks like a stubby foot where he’s bracing himself on the round coral head, also on the right side of the frame, and his tail is just peeking out from the coral head on the left. His dorsal fin is where it should be on the top of the red blob. For divers, including myself, it’s always a thrill to be able to see and photograph someone like Freddie and his relatives, partly because they are so well camouflaged and partly because they are quite rare!

This post is dedicated to my dear friend Dawn at talesfromthemotherland who is recovering from a recent illness.

Weekly Photo Challenge – One

Spotted Cleaner Shrimp

Spotted Cleaner Shrimp

One spotted cleaner shrimp on a white anemone. This thing is tiny, ya’ll – like 1/4 inch! I so love my underwater camera – an Olympus XZ-1. I can shoot RAW shots and save big files with great resolution! Taken on our last boat dive during our week in Bonaire, I decided that this shot exemplifies the idea of focusing on one thing! Hope your holidays are going very well. I’ve spent most of mine in the tropics doing one of the things that I am passionate about – diving (and with it, Underwater Photography).

To learn more about the Weekly Photo Challenge, click here.

Dancing in Bonaire

Bonaire is such a festive place during the holidays. One sees decorations everywhere. I love Christmas lights in palm trees. It just takes a small shift of perspective to see the beauty of our traditional celebrations in the tropics! It also occurred to me as I was reviewing my photos this morning that the sea creatures seem to be celebrating too! To illustrate, I’ve included a few of my shots from yesterday’s dives. Enjoy!

Bonaire Banded Coral Shrimp

Bonaire Banded Coral Shrimp

Maybe Dirty Dancing? She reminds me of Jennifer Gray upside down (sans Patrick Swayze’s hand on her back).

Bonaire Lobster

Bonaire Lobster

I’m thinking disco here! What do you think?

Bonaire Turtle

Bonaire Turtle

How about the Macarena?

Bonaire Caribbean Octopus

Bonaire Caribbean Octopus

And my favorite – the Tango.

What dances do you see my aquatic friends doing here?

Bonaire Turtle

Bari Reef Turtle

Bari Reef Turtle

Well, the diving has commenced and I thought I’d share a shot from our afternoon dive on Bari Reef here in Bonaire. As we were returning to the shore, we saw not one, not two, but three turtles! The few times I’ve photographed them, they’re usually shy and retiring, but these three were very outgoing and allowed me to get close for a few portraits. Here’s one of them looking quite dapper and happy to have his picture taken. I hope your week before Christmas is going well – mine is going swimmingly!