PhotoFriday – ‘Glorious’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Glorious’

This weeks theme brings to mind the glorious sight of hundreds or schooling Snapper at Ras Mohammad in Egypt. There’s nothing quite like seeing so many large fish all at once.

To see others take a look at my Red Sea 2013 gallery.

If you want to see my underwater photos from various places then check out the collection of galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery.

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PhotoFriday – ‘Reflection’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Reflection’

Its been a while since I’ve participated in PhotoFriday and this is a nice easy theme for me to come back with. Reflections underwater are usually of interesting critters or reefscape right at the surface. Good reflections only really materialise when the water is dead calm though. Although you can get calm waters out by the reef, the most calm place I’ve been to is the Mangroves, where the images above and below are taken (unless otherwise stated)

Sometimes in slightly less calm water the slight ripples can have an interesting effect as with this Whaleshark below (clearly not in the mangroves!)

If you want to see my underwater photos from various places then check out the collection of galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery.

To see all the other photo Friday entries (and submit your own) for ‘Reflection’ here.

Psst… Please check out my excellent used Nikon Gear page, I’ve swapped over systems and I’m trying to raise money on my previous gear.

Mangroves, Raja Ampat

We went again to the same mangrove area as last year in Yangeffo. They arnt quite as cool as they blue water mangroves we visited in 2009 but we didn’t fancy facing the crocodiles so here we are.

This year I had the presence of mind to take in a macro lens so I got some more close up shots of the smaller subjects such as this flower floating on the surface and of course the archerfish:

The mangroves are an incredible nursery for young fish and several times I saw a juvenile blacktip shark cursing up and down, sadly no photos of him as he was practicing creeping up behind me rather than posing for photos

If you like these photos of the mangroves there are more over in my full Raja Ampat photo gallery. Stay tuned, coming up on my trip report is the amazingly diverse Dampier Straits area (including Arborek jetty again, which we saw last year) and a review of the Olympus OMD EM1.

PhotoFriday – ‘Beasts’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Beasts’

Sorry for the lack if posts recently, I’ve been snowed under busy. I just had to post for this theme though because my website name is reefbeasties.com!Here is a couple of the more beastly looking reef beasts…

If you want to see my underwater photos from various places then check out the collection of galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery or last years post Best Photos 2013.

To see all the other photo Friday entries (and submit your own) for ‘Beasts’ here.

Photofriday – ‘Plant Kingdom’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Plant Kingdom’

So I was going to cheat again and try and palm you all off with a photo of this little guy (a Halimeda Crab) because he looks like a plant…

…but I thought that this week I’d actually try and stick to the theme, so its not underwater today. Here are some photos of flowers I took in Kew Gardens for my photography degree.

You can see the rest of the images here.

If you want to see my underwater photos from various places then check out the collection of galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery.

To see all the other photo Friday entries (and submit your own) for ‘Plant Kingdom’ here.

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Photofriday – ‘Winter’s Reach’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Winter’s Reach’

Ok, I know this is slightly cheating for this theme. Playing on cultural stereotypes of winter as relating to Christmas, as relating to Christmas trees but as I try not to get caught by winter’s reach (brrrr) this little guy, the Christmas tree worm is the my choice of photo today.

Christmas tree worms, Spirobranchus giganteus, are usually found in coral reefs in tropical waters (so not wintery at all). If you go near them they suck back down into a hole in the coral. The colourful feathery looking plumes are actually for feeding & respiration and most of the worm is hidden away.

If you want to see my underwater photos from various places then check out the collection of galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery.

To see all the other photo Friday entries (and submit your own) for ‘Winter’s Reach’ here.

Thinking of buying lenses for Christmas? Please check out my excellent used Nikon Gear page, I’ve swapped over systems and I’m trying to raise money on my previous gear.

Photofriday – ‘Fiery’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Fiery’

This is a photo of Fire Coral. If you’ve every accidentally brushed past it with bare limbs you’ll know why its called fire coral, it burns really badly! Essentially it’s like an underwater version of a stinging nettle.

You can find lots of critters in and around the fire coral because they use it as protection or for a higher vantage point on the reef. The best place to see fire coral that I’ve found is the Red Sea where I took all these photos (over the years).

Here is some kind of crab on fire coral:

Hawkfish on fire coral:

Brittlestar on fire coral:

Tiny squat lobster on fire coral:

This is a pretty bad photo but this little clownfish made his home in the fire coral:

If you want to see my underwater photos from various places then check out the collection of galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery.

To see all the other photo Friday entries (and submit your own) for ‘Fiery’ here.

Thinking of buying lenses for Christmas? Please check out my excellent used Nikon Gear page, I’ve swapped over systems and I’m trying to raise money on my previous gear.

Photofriday – ‘In the Wild’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’In the wild’

This little boxfish above wouldn’t leave us alone.

Apart from one or two times in the pool to test out equipment all my underwater images are ‘in the wild’ so choosing an image for this weeks theme was harder than you might think – because I had too much choice! I was thinking about the interactions you could only really have in the wild, such as huge schools of fish, but I’ve posted a lot about them recently. So then I was thinking about all the wild animals that we tame by our behaviour such as the manatees in Florida springs who demand to have their tummies scratched, or the sting rays in Cayman who know there is food to be had if they hang out in the sandbar with the tourists. These interactions can be explained but what of the others, what of the interactions that occasionally happen when the critters seem as curious about us as we are about them. With no incentives, no food, no belly scratches? Is this when we are truly in the wild?

The mantas in Raja Ampat came over to me and circled while I was doing my safety stop at 5m. After all the other divers had gone, they wanted to play but sadly I too was out of time & air.

This friendly Napoleon Wrasse is probably on the hunt for food to be honest, I think the dive guides in this area used to feed them boiled eggs to watch them split out the shells, I’m not sure if its an old wives tale that one died of high cholesterol prompting the dive guides to stop or if it was new regulations brought in.

This little guy allowed me right up next to him while he was eating, he didnt run away as they usually do, he just sat there regarding me.

This terrifying looking beastie chased me across the sand, I could almost not back up fast enough. I didn’t hang around to work out what he would have done if he caught me!

If you want to see my underwater photos from various places then check out the collection of galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery.

To see all the other photo Friday entries (and submit your own) for ‘In the wild’ here.

Thinking of buying lenses for Christmas? Please check out my excellent used Nikon Gear page, I’ve swapped over systems and I’m trying to raise money on my previous gear.

Photofriday – ‘Swift’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Swift’

It always amazes me how quickly many creatures move in the ocean. Not being native ocean dwellers us humans are pretty poor at travelling though the water (unless we have motorised help). When you see Barracuda schooling they don’t look that fast as they circle around and around, but when a predator comes around, just blink you’ll miss them! Amazing creatures to watch. I was lucky enough to see them on my last trip to the red sea.

If you want to see more underwater photos from various places then check out the collection of galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery.

To see all the other photo Friday entries (and submit your own) for ‘Swift’ here.

Please check out my used Nikon Gear page, I’ve swapped over systems and I’m trying to raise money on my previous gear.

Photofriday – ‘Heavenly’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Heavenly’

Heavenly made me think of the heavens, which made me think of stars, which made me think of showing you my shot of Deadvlei (Namibia) under the Milkyway. Hope this isnt too obvious ;) Actually I’m now selling the lens I used for this shot here if you’re interested.

As a cool aside, have you seen this article on the register today of Saturn! Check out this guys flickr feed for loads of amazing images all stitched together from raw NASA data.

If you want to see my underwater photos from various places then check out the collection of galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery.

To see all the other photo Friday entries (and submit your own) for ‘Heavenly’ here.