Weekly Photo Challenge – Transition

Transition back to normal. On our recent trip to the Cayman Islands, I found this hermit crab crawling along the sandy bottom. In order to photograph it, I picked it up and placed it on a coral head upside down so I could get a good shot of the critter as it came out of its shell to see what was going on.

Upside Down

Upside Down

It climbed out of its shell and proceeded to grab a piece of seaweed on the coral head…

Leave Me Alone

Leave Me Alone

Very quickly it righted itself. I picked it up and put back where I had found it. It was a very fun encounter!

Back to Normal

Back to Normal

The shell home for my new friend appears to have been used by many hermit crabs. It’s almost completely smooth with very little definition or detail except for some new sea life growing on its top. Even in the wilds of the underwater world, some sea creatures’ very existence depends on reuse!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Trio

Trio

Trio

I love these Schoolmaster Snappers. This trio was hanging out together under a ledge on the Bloody Bay wall in Little Cayman waiting to have their picture taken.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Victory

Victory

Victory

I mentioned in my post on October 30 that I had done an afternoon of mentoring at the Cathy Church Underwater Photography School on Grand Cayman two weeks prior. I asked my teacher to help me understand lighting better and show me how to use my new strobe. She did just that and I quickly came up to speed during our dive together. As I went solo during the diving for the rest of the week, I felt a sense of victory and I think I “got” it.

Here’s a shot of some feather dusters sitting on a shipwreck and I’m very pleased with the lighting.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Ornate

Ornate

Ornate

Our challenge this week is to share something ornate – “where it’s clear that the creators pulled no stops and went all out.” Okay, so how about something brought to you by the ultimate creator?

When I’m scuba diving, I find myself intrigued by the ornate structure of the many different coral species I see. Here’s a shot from our recent trip to the Cayman Islands. This brain coral is actually a living colony of tiny sea creatures – individual polyps that spend their lives cemented together into an ornate neighborhood. Their bodies are the building blocks for the ocean’s reef systems. Can you see here how this particular coral got its name?

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