Wednesday, September 29, 2010

No pictures?


I haven't been diving in nearly a year now, since last February. Guess I should get wet, hey? I've been growing Desert Roses, instead. Have had some health issues.


OK, I'll be back eventually. Bye for now.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Been too long...

Last year I entered a few paintings, just dinky little 10X8 inch images, in a little art show that I didn't respect, sold several at give away prices, and I haven't touched a paintbrush since.

Bad me.

I don't know why I get so upset at selling.

A friend went to the same show this year, several weeks ago, and he told me that everybody was asking about, "Where's the artist who sold the cheap paintings last year?"

Ah, well, see you again soon.

Hum.

Monday, December 28, 2009


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A round sponge, perched on a bit of hard substrate, out in the sand.  Sponges have holes.  Sponges are animals!  They are filter feeders.  Very simple, and in an evolutionary 'dead end' because of this simplicity.  They are made of cells that act as a kind of skin, cells with little whips that draw in water, cells that distribute food particles, and interior cells for structure.  No circulatory system, blood or lymph, no lungs, no senses, eyes or ears.  Yet somehow, they do reproduce, all at the same time.  The male and female sponges simultaneously releasing eggs and sperm into the water.  They look like they're smoking, sometimes a very dense 'fog' rising up from the central hole.
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A very old 'clump of sponge...
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Silt is always a problem I'm not sure how sponges deal with silt.  Corals make slime and silt falls off.  A lot of effort for the coral polyps.
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A yellow Tube Sponge, a very large, old animal. And a brown tube sponge on the side.

Hmm, all for today, see you tomorrow!  Thanks for stopping by.
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Sunday, December 27, 2009

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A most amazing rainbow Christmas morning, seen from my front deck.
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Go for a car ride, folks enjoying the beach.  I don't 'beach' much, I dislike sand!!
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Some folks laugh at the tiny beaches here,  they're used to the humongous continental beaches that are  thousands of miles long.  But I say we have 'Designer Beaches', each with a special charm of it's own.  This is Cane Bay Beach, where I most often dive.  I get in the water by that boat ramp.
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This another beach, Butler Bay Beach.  I went to Thanksgiving day dinner here, a great picnic!  The big blizzard that snowed in the USA a few days ago came here in the form of big ocean waves, washing away a lot of sand, see the edge?  The sand will slowly build back up, a natural process.  Ha, big waves here are two feet high!
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Lovely big brown Senepol cattle.  A breed created here on St Croix, from Angus, Brahma, and some others.  They don't mind the tropical heat, and they get huge!
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These cows were shy, and turned away, this is a sort of telephoto photo
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The road leading on past the estate where those lucky cows live.  The big trees are Mahogany.  Most roads are two lanes here, and the Island speed limit is 35mph, for the most part.
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Another estate, I've been inside this one.  The construction is massive.  The outside walls are four feet thick, and the interior walls are three feet thick, solid stone.  You feel like you're going through a tunnel between rooms!
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The entrance to the estate.  Old old walls built by slave labor two hundred years ago
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More old stuff, ruins of a rum factory.
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Another driveway.  The families that own these estates almost never sell them.
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Oh boy, these pretty pink blooms are on the Coral Vines.  An invasive plant from South America.  Pretty, but it takes over like Kudzu and Wisteria
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A view of the Carambola resort.  A very nice golf course, and expensive homes.  There are two other golf courses on St Croix.
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One more 'ruin' they seem to have filled in a doorway.  I guess the slaves with the donkey cart went off to find stone, brought back a load, then went off in another direction for more building material.  Old buildings are made of every kind of rock on the island, and coral 'stone' also.  The bricks are Danish, brought from Denmark as ballast in the sailing ships long ago.  When the ships left, they left the yellowish bricks here, as they were loaded heavily with rum.

OK, all for today!  Thanks for stopping by.  My next lot of photos will probably be topside also, as the sea is so stirred up with the high surf that underwater photography won't be very successful for the next few days.  I'll be gardening for the most part.  Cheerio!
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Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas morning






Well, surf's up, dude.  I uploaded all the photos at once, and don't yet know how to work with them, maybe I can't.  Ah, well.

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll get moving again eventually.
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Monday, December 21, 2009

A sandy place

Hop off the boat, descending slowly, floating slowly down in forty feet of depth, 12 meters, here comes a Southern Ray. Big ray, about four feet, more than a meter, from wingtip to wingtip. I guess you call them wings! He's really green.
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Cruising on by, several Jacks in attendance. When the ray stops to dig in the sand, the fish hope to grab anything that the ray stirs up, that the ray misses; crabs, little bottom fish that hide in the sand...

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whoa! smelled something? turning quickly...
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found something to check out...
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Ok, a bit of digging, they use their whole body rather like a plunger, making a vacuum under their noses, where the mouth is located. Some sand stirred up, and then awayyyyy he goes!
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Pertty Sea Star! Their eyes are on the ends of their arms. This one isn't soft at all, very 'hard'. I don't handle them, but sometimes just touch with one finger, lightly.
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LOL, the next photo comes on top, so I need to write backwards in time. This blogging is something else.

The little yellowish fuzzy thing is a small Pillar Coral. A big old one looks like a Disney castle. If you look close(I'll get a better photo soon) the polyp's tentacles look like a wheat field, waving in the breeze, or sea currents.
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Ok, what do we have here? Confusing, this blogging. I find I must upload photos one at a time to be able to write in between them. Next, to learn if they will post under, or above as I go along. I guess a blog is a permanent learning curve. Every time I get used to Blogger, they change a little, improving?
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This coral is one of my (many) favorites. One name is Maze, but I like Butterprint, maybe because it's food. I haven't photoshopped these pictures, too blue! I'm still getting accustomed to this new computer, but very happy with it!
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OK, off to do a slow slow dive, to get lots of photos to share with you. That big snowstorm that pounded the East Coast of the US will be sending me big ocean waves from the west, hum. Small world!
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Thanks for stopping by!
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Sunday, December 20, 2009

A few photos...






.Some photos from yesterday's Lionfish hunt, unseccessful, which is good. I paddle along taking quick shots of everything I see.  Well, not really, I see a lot more, but cameras are limited.  I'd rather be off by myself, people underwater aren't very interesting to me.
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So, some scenery, some closer photos of just stuff, you know, coral and sponges.  When i go on these Lionfish hunts, I have to stay with the group, and they go so fast!  wowee, I smear a third of my photos because I'm not holding still long enough.

OK, Holidays fast approaching, Guess I need to go diving!
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Cheers, and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 18, 2009



A couple of sponges for you this morning.  I just don't have any decent photos for this blog right now, I MUST go diving!  Especially before the sea cools down for the winter.
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I'm trying to get my painting studio all finished with the remodel, so it'll be an enjoyable place to be.  The floor needs paint!!  it's stained, old, black and white squares of linoleum, I dislike it intensely!  makes me nervous or something.  I'll have it finished in a few days, a nice, light neutral.  Funny, i found that old linoleum was made from linseed oil and chalk.  I use linseed oil in oil painting.
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Thanks for stopping by!
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