PhotoFriday – ‘Creature’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Creature’

Tiny Frog fish
Picture Mike took of Lizzie

Apologies for the lack of posts recently, my new little baby has been keeping me plenty busy.

This week’s theme is Creature so heres some wee frog fish from Raja Ampat to brighten you Friday morning.

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

Tiny Frog fish

PhotoFriday – ‘Detail’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Detail’

Cardinal fish

Being too fat to function is pretty much dominating my thoughts at the moment as I’m now 3 days overdue with my little one and getting bigger by the second. On the upside I’m still able to eat and I spare a thought for these poor little mouth-brooding cardinal fish from the Red Sea….

Once the eggs are released and fertilized the male will take the eggs into his mouth to protect them while they incubate. The eggs remain in his mouth for 10 days or more and every minute or so he will open his mouth to allow fresh water to oxygenate the eggs. Even after hatching the fry remain in mouth of the male for a few days. He allows them to swim in and out of his mouth until they are mature enough to face life in the ocean. At this time, he spits them out in groups to search for food. So long as the male holds the eggs, and subsequently the fry, in his mouth the male does not eat. During this time the female will aggressively chase away any other fish that encroach on the male’s location. So much less fun than lying on the sofa watching star wars films with Mike lol.

Since this weeks theme is detail, I’ve made a 100% crop in on those tiny little eggs, as you can see they are mostly little balls with eyes at this stage so I’d say this little fishy wasn’t going to be eating for quite a few more days.

Cardinal fish eggs

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

Also, I made it into this weeks noteworthy with my PhotoFriday – Orange post from two weeks ago. Thanks to all who voted for me :) This week we’re voting for last weeks theme of moving – I’m no #51 ;).

Photofriday Noteworthy Orange


PhotoFriday – ‘Moving’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Moving’

Light painting

It seems only yesterday that Photofriday used the theme of Movement (but it was in fact this time last year). An ironic theme for me at the moment considering I’m like a beached whale waiting for the baby to come out! My last post for the theme was very fishy, implied movement of fishes featuring swirling barracuda and suchlike. I suppose I could have gone down the route of moving as in emotionally touching but I’m trying to stay away from anything that might make my hormones even worse so this time I wanted to show you a different type of movement, my light painting experiments (where you leave the shutter open in a darkened room and move around/paint with light). There are many better examples of this all over the web but this was my first go with some indoor sparklers, Mike and a friend of ours from a while back :) It was great fun so I’d recommend giving it a go.

Light painting

Light painting

Light painting

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


PhotoFriday – ‘Orange’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Orange’


Annoyingly I spaced last week and missed the theme of wet. Doh! This week’s theme is Orange, not a lot more orange in the sea than anthias and the reefs in the Red sea in the summer are thick with them. Although common, I think they are lovely little fish. I could watch them for hours if I had the air time.




Tell me in the comments, what common critter just has you coming back for more?


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


Happy Earth Day!


I want my child to grow up and see the majesty of whalesharks feeding at the surface as I was able to a few year ago…. Today is Earth Day 2015. Let’s not have empty oceans by 2048 please.

Earth Day Network’s year-round mission is to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide, through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns. (source

Today I wanted to highlight the film Racing Extinction and how to get involved which can be as simple as sharing a link on your phone or exposing some environmental villains.

Here’s the trailer:


It doesn’t take special training or equipment to expose environmental villains. When you see polluters or unsustainable practices, take a photo with your phone and share it here. If we can call-out and fix a million small problems, we will make an enormous singular impact.

Help uncover the story. (source


On a more light hearted side of Earth Day – Have you seen the Google doodle earth day quiz today? Apparently I’m a giant squid and Mike is Coral.

I'm a giant squid Mike is Coral


PhotoFriday – ‘Buildings’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Buildings’

This weeks theme is buildings. There aren’t too many places in the world you can see buildings underwater (and none that I’ve seen in person yet) but living in London there is no scarcity of great buildings to look at and photograph. Like a tourist, I love to look up. Here are some building abstracts from central London that I took whilst doing some of my degree exercises.

Tell me in the comments what is your favourite local building (and which city is it based)?

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



ps – thanks to all those who voted last week, my Intense post is in the noteworthy :) You can vote for last weeks Darkness post (#38) here.

PhotoFriday – ‘Darkness’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Darkness’

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr.

This weeks theme is darkness, which technically you cannot photograph or you’d just have a black image but there are plenty of opportunities to photograph in dark places under the water.

These photos were taken in the Cenotes in Mexico but similar effects of light shafts can been seen in caves all over the world where the sunlight can stream in. Also, the insides of wrecks can be artificially lit to illuminate the darkness. Obviously at night, the whole sea goes black and artificial light is all you have.

For this type of underwater photography, you have to have great knowledge of your camera (because the light, if you have a torch with you, is usually facing towards the subject and not your camera or strobe controls). And of course the discipline to check on your diving equipment every now and then. Lucky, I learnt early on that deep inside a cave you can accidentally go too deep to get the right angle, spend too long and end up with unwanted deco time and very little air! Safety first people.

It’s not for everyone though, my husband hates diving in the dark (night dives, inside of wrecks etc). He came into the Cenotes because you can mostly always see the light from somewhere but he wasn’t very happy at all. If you’ve dived with us you’ll often see him hanging around outside of wrecks looking frustrated that I’m taking ages no doubt.

Tell me in the comments what is your favourite dark place to scuba diving?

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