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Old 03-06-2008   #61 (permalink)
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Weather is still not great this morning, but at least better than yesterday. We will go on a deep dive this morning and I have about half an hour left before I have to get ready. Couldn't reach the blog yesterday which is why I was not able to upload pics. Will start doing it now....

Baby lionfish


A ghostpipe fish


Killer conch


A lizard fish (well, yeah, the eyes of it... )


Unfortunately it is not very sharp since in the water I didn't really see which one was the seahorse. It is a pigmy pipe seahorse.


Another pipefish (the red thing in the foreground is a second pipefish).


A turtle (looks like one which wore sunglasses while tanning... )


More nudibranches...




Here are two 'no clue what it is but it looks interesting... )


The lower things of this whatever it is were moving so I know it was sort of eating....



And now the shrimp section....


When diving I saw only the clownfish. Saw the 3 shrimps only later on the pics....


Mushroom shrimps (must be that red and white stuff - I KNOW they are there.... ).


The thing to the right looks like a spider but the shrimp is to the left....


And that's it for now.... I am curious what we will see today....
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More outstanding pictures The color and clarity is wonderful- I can't wait to see more (see now your making us greedy) Great report, too
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A turtle (looks like one which wore sunglasses while tanning... )


Incredible pictures! Love that turtle!! And I must say, you sure know your fish species! Can't wait to read more!!
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Scott, no, the Jay I met here does not have tattoes (as far as I know... ) but he told me he probably knows who you were talking about....
crazy carpenter/construction dude, was kinda married to a tattoo artist named Feather
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I'm only learning the names... sometimes the dive guides write the names of what we see on a board so that's how I know...

For tonight I can promise you some scary pics. After the two dives this morning I know that I will never ever walk in sandy areas in the ocean without shoes again....
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Wow! Very cool pictures!
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ok now I'm scared I can't believe you are taking these pics "so called blindly" fantastic. You truly are an artist at photography. I'm also enjoying your writing styleyour tooooo much
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I'm only learning the names... sometimes the dive guides write the names of what we see on a board so that's how I know...

For tonight I can promise you some scary pics. After the two dives this morning I know that I will never ever walk in sandy areas in the ocean without shoes again....
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When I got up this morning I had hoped for my sunrise at the beach but due to no sun showing up this was cancelled again… Fortunately the weather is not as bad a yesterday but still you can’t really do much (except diving) and even for diving it is not so good since the visibility could be much better. I will not complain though since during my 3 dives today I have seen things I had never know they existed. After the two dives this morning I know as well though that I will not go into the water at a sandy beach without shoes any more… we’ve seen some creatures which are rather creepy.

For the rest my hand is itching like hell since a few of the sting-points got infected. One of the american woman told me this morning that she ended up in the hospital in Dumaguete due to the stings since she is allergic and her hand had swollen like a balloon. It’s not THAT bad for me and I would be really glad to not end up in the hospital during a vacation for once…. Three dives today are enough though. Since the sun is not shining it is rather cool when you get out of the water and once we’re back on shore I am glad that there are warm showers.

Looks like I will not see anything of the area since there are two more dives I really want to do and it was not possible to do them the past 2 days. And now I am tired….

Pics will follow later when I’ve had another nice warm shower and have warm clothes on. Sheesh, I will have to carry all my sunscreen back home since without sun I don’t need any….
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I've seen some fantastic photos, Andrea!
Are they straight out of the camera, or do they still need some post-processing?
Just curious.

Btw: those critters by the beach should be scared of my bare feet!
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Weather is still not great this morning, but at least better than yesterday. We will go on a deep dive this morning and I have about half an hour left before I have to get ready. Couldn't reach the blog yesterday which is why I was not able to upload pics. Will start doing it now....

Baby lionfish


A ghostpipe fish


Killer conch


A lizard fish (well, yeah, the eyes of it... )


And that's it for now.... I am curious what we will see today....
Wow, WOW, WOW! Linda and so enjoyed looking at all of these...thanks! I hope your stings are not too bad and go away quickly...I STILL have something on my leg that stung/bit me when I was in Playa....mostly just itches at this point, but it is weird...Great pics! Thanks, Andiline!
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Well, after dinner I made some hammock time since it was rather nice outside. Not raining, the waves hitting on the beach... just peaceful. Didn't wanna fall asleep with this though so I came in.

Dinner was buffet today and we had fun. I didn't realize it yet but Jay had noticed the philippinian way of talking. It's like 'Good morning Miss Andreaaaaaaaaa.' When you listen closely this is really how they talk.

And I forgot to tell you that today I got hit by a clown-fish. It was during the second dive when I wanted to take pics of shrimp on an anemone. Clownfish are very territorial and that one obviously thought I came to close. So suddenly I felt a bang on my head and when I looked up there was this clownfish... sorry guy... (I was glad I had my hat on - they do pull on hair as well....).

And here are some pics from today.

I think that this was an eel constructing a cave. It came out again and again spitting out sand.


This looked like 'Anybody out there?????'


I liked those since they looked like flowers.


This is a signal gopi (took me some time to see it since it is very small)


And there ARE bigger fish as well... ;-)


This is something very strange. I think it is a leaf fish since it looks like a leaf.


Another pipe fish...


One of the seahorses we saw today. It is hard to get good pics of them since they are moving permanently.


And now my shrimp pics. Tada... now that I know that they are there it is easier to spot them. Taking pics is still not easy since they jump aournd all the time and when they are in anemones, the anemones are moving all the time with the current...




A few more nudis...




This one would probably have waved at me if it had had arms...




If you're nerves are sensible please stop looking NOW!!!! Here comes the scary part...










Wishing you all a good night without nightmares...
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Tony, yes, there is some photo-shopping involved. Mostly cutting out or removing the blue-colour which usually are on pics in water. Not much since I am spending already too much time on the laptop anyway...

Jacko, thanks. I am all cuts and bruises. But that's sort of normal when you are diving.

Scott, Jay told me he knows Feather.
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It is not really believable how fast the 5 days here have gone by. I wanted to finish my vacation here with a dive on the pier (which is famous for frogfish) and the mandarin-fish dive. All started well this morning with the sun finally being out again. But then I heard that an international ship had moored at the pier and for the next 3 days diving is not allowed... So we went to the same car wreck dive like yesterday again. It was not nearly as exciting thogh as we had two groups before us which probably shooed the seahorses away. And then I had another dive guide who doesn't really see much. Diving here is really very much depending on your guide. For the second dive we went to a place where I hadn't been yet but again the guide didn't really see much so I had to explore for myself.

After the dives I had arranged for a car to Dumaguete since I hadn't been out of the ressort since I arrived. Unfortunately I underestimated the time we needed to get there (I thought 20 minutes when it were 45) and I only had 2 hours since I was scheduled for the mandarin fish dive which is at dusk. I would have liked to explore the city a little bit but there was no time... At least I was lucky since I arrived at the main cathedral shortly before a wedding and they were waiting for the bride (not sure the groom was already there).

So after only a short time we headed back to the ressort where the last dive made my day. This was so extra-ordinary... mandarin-fish are very shy and it is hard to take pics of them but I got a few good shots. Further to that we saw two nudibranches and only on the pics I saw what they were doing. I do not understand much about the sex-life of nudibranches but I can pretty well see what was going on...

Not many pics today since I am tired to the bone and my ear hurts as well. So I am going to sleep soon. From tomorrow on I will probably post less frequently since I don't have internet in my room any more (at least I think I don't).

Two baby ghost pipe fish


A red one...


Not sure what this is but it looked funny (open mouths...).


This is not grass but those are worms.


This shrimp's name is something with 'eater' in it. Don't remember it though.


One of the small yellow nudis again. They are so small that my camera was really at it's limit with the focus.


And here nudisex... guess you can see it as well....


And here a mandarin fish (looks a little bit like a frog, does he?)


And finally back to earth again... The flower girls waiting for the bride (bridesmaids in the background).


This looked like some sort of sanctuary. Not sure which saint it is.


Sorry, too tired for more....
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Wonderful pictures, Andrea!!
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Wow Andrea! Your traveling and your pictures are amazing! I want to go too.
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