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Saturday, March 3, 2012

CoCo View Resort SCUBA Diving 2012

My trip to Roatan, Honduras began in the early morning of Feb.18, 2012. The Charlottesville Virginia group met at CHO airport, checked in the bags and headed through security. And that was when I noticed something was missing.

These trips to CoCo View Resort  have three goals I try to achieve. Some rest and relaxation. SCUBA diving with my friends. And last but not least, taking great underwater pictures. If not great underwater pictures, then I settle for good underwater pictures. Witch brings me back to what I noticed was missing after I passed through security. My camera!

At 5:15 in the morning I am having a hard time figuring out where I left the camera. I know it was packed in the travel bag. I am sure I took it down stairs to the kitchen. But I can not recall putting it in the car with the rest of my bags. So I called home to see if I left it there. My wife could not find it. I then called my son who dropped me off at the airport. He pull the vehicle over and started looking for the camera bag. And there it was on the floor in the back seat.

Now the stress begins. Can the camera get from Pantop to the CHO airport before I have to board the plane? If not, how am I going to take pictures while on vacation?

I walk over to security and the line is really backed up. How am I going to get the camera if it does arrive on time? I got the attention of one of the security officers and explained that I have a camera being delivered. And asked how I can get it through security? He said no problem, let him know when it gets here and he will bring it through. That was good news.

Buy now the plane has been boarded by all the passengers, all the bags are loaded and I am the only one in the lobby. I asked the attendant how much longer before the last call? She said we will announce it. Then she picks up the mike and says "This is the last call for the flight to Atlanta". I got on the phone to see how close to the airport was my son with the camera. He said he was headed in the lobby now. I told the attendant I will be right back and quickly headed to security. Got the security guards attention, and he put the camera through the security screening for me.

Wow, what a morning that was. We arrived in Roatan that afternoon, had a quick lunch at the CoCo View Resort then headed out to sea. No time wasted when it comes to diving with our group. As they say at CoCo View "Dive-Eat-Dive" But in reality it goes more like this. Wake up... "Eat, dive, dive, eat, nap, dive, dive, eat, and sleep." and on the last day being a Friday with a late flight out on Sat. the dive day is altered just a little bit. "Eat, dive, dive, eat, nap, dive, eat, and sleep." Note that was altered by one dive. We do not want to get the bends on the flight home. That would surely ruin the great week of "Rest and Relaxation."

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Drift Diving

Drift diving off the coast of Florida.

I spent 2 days diving off the coast of  West Palm Beach. This was my second time doing a drift dive. My first drift dive was off the coast of Roatan, Honduras.

The boat ride was a short trip from the dock. You could still see the shore from the dive site. I will say that we drifted pretty fast and the ability to shoot pictures was hampered. It was very hard to position your self to get a good shot. The visibility was not very good either.

There was plenty of fish hanging out around the edge of the reef. They love the small little overhangs.

The one major fact that I noticed was the growth of the barrel sponge. Unlike the barrel sponges off the coast of Roatan, these sponges grew in large groups. There would be three to 7 sponges growing in a single sponge formation.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Underwater Picture Sales

Wow, it has really hit me hard. I thought that I had a great product for sale, underwater pictures. But it looks like no one is buying.

People are more into the looking than purchasing. I look at them as not just pictures of fish and coral but an educational piece. You see two fish. I see a pair of Spot-fin butterfly fish or Chaetyon Ocellatus. Clearly named after the black spot on the tip of the dorsal fin, note that the Eye spot is camouflaged by the black stripe hat runs up and down along the body of the fish. It is thought that this coloration may confuse potential predators from knowing what is the front of the fish, making capture of the fish as prey more difficult! The large dorsal, anal and tail fin, when coupled with the very flat nature of the fish’s body create a large paddle surface and allow the fish to move quickly into the safety of the reef if threatened.

My Sale web Site.