Various Specimens from below the surface of the ocean
01.02.2015 - 08.02.2015 22 °C
Although our technology was fairly limited we did have a basic underwater camera with us, an Olympus mid level quality point and shoot that we purchased in St. Thomas three years ago on a previous voyage when we expected to do some snorkeling.
Shooting underwater has many additional challenges that one does not have to face as frequently on land. Firstly your subjects have a bad habit of darting about when you least expect it. Next the lighting is very challenging at the best of times and using a flash is not recommended as it often reflects back blurring the photo. When you finally get your subject in focus and in the light he decides to move into a dark shadow. Finally, using the zoom feature is not advisable as it seriously compresses any murkiness in the water making what appeared originally to be a nice clear shot to turn out as a shot clouded by heavy haze.
Since we did not have our guides walking beside us to help identify the many species of fish we encountered we have not been able to identify the fish.
A typical scene from an advanced snorkeling trip. The Zodiac would take us off to some remote site where the only point of access was from the boat. We would drop over the side and sight see for 45 minutes and then they would call us back to the boat. In the picture it looks like david getting ready to climb up the swim ladder
Our intrepid adventurers, from the left side - Hazel, Sue vanderkwaak and Roy Vanderkwaak. For those who do not already know Sue and Roy are the parents of Brian Vanderkwaak who married Hazel's daughter Emily. So as we tell fellow travellers we share a grandson, Emily & Brian's son 7 year old Avery
Hazel poking her head up for a look around. In this picture you can see how steep the shore line falls off and it continues at the same rate underwater
The ever present sea lions. they like to come in and cruise by the divers for their own amusement. Note this one is swimming upside down.
A very colourful fish
More colourful fish
Two Galapagos penguins quite oblivious to us snorkeling close to shore
Sea turtle cruising under us, he was very big and very close
Another close up of the sea turtle
Very pretty fish in relatively shallow water
Fish feeding on the bottom oblivious to our presence
There is that bright yellow fish again
Star fish in fairly deep water. In this picture you can see how even a little bit of zoom applied can cloud up the picture
No name fish, sorry
Good size school of some species of Tank
No name fish, sorry
Another large school of small fish
Hazel waves good by