Aug 172016
 

“The Heat is On”.  That’s my theme song this week.  Today it is 90° F/32° C with 64% humidity.  The bathwater sea is currently a lovely 83° F.

We had a really nice dive at Front Porch with a good friend on Sunday.  We bounced down to the wreck of the tugboat New York.  We expected to find lionfish under the wreck, but they were absent.  Another testament to the dedicated team of hunters we have on the island, which is doing a fantastic job keeping the population down.

Sand Canyon Goby in the rubble at Front Porch

Sand Canyon Goby in the rubble at Front Porch

Peacock Flounder at Front Porch

Peacock Flounder at Front Porch

Honeycomb Cowfish at Front Porch

Honeycomb Cowfish at Front Porch

Squirrelfish at Front Porch

Squirrelfish at Front Porch

Christmas Tree Worms at Front Porch

Christmas Tree Worms at Front Porch

Sailfin Blenny at Front Porch

Sailfin Blenny at Front Porch

Juvenile French Angelfish at Front Porch

Juvenile French Angelfish at Front Porch

I go to the beach almost daily to swim and photograph waves.  Lately I’ve been enthralled by the small things I find near the sea.

Today I was fascinated by this chiton that I found while sitting in the waves.  A chiton is a marine invertebrate that typically lives on rocks near the sea (tidal zone) and feeds on algae.  This particular chiton was about an inch in length (2.54 cm).

Squamous Chiton in Bonaire

Squamous Chiton in Bonaire

This is a Nerite Snail, and it is a common sea snail found in the inner tidal zones.  They are often seen clustered on rocks in full sun.  Like the Chiton above, this species is an algae eater.

sea snail bachelors

Nerite Snail in Bonaire

Nerite Snail in Bonai

And finally, here’s a pic of the wave action I was trying to capture while admiring the chitons and snails.

beach in Bonaire

What have you seen/done/heard in Bonaire this week?

Aug 102016
 

This week on Bonaire has been hot!  Given that we are now well into August, this comes as no surprise.

Before we get to this week’s pics, I want to mention a few restaurants (some rather new) that we have recently tried and loved.

Barrel Wine Bar – This rather new addition to the island is a great place to grab a waterfront drink and dinner. They have recently started serving dinner, expertly prepared by Chef Hagen (of Cactus Blue fame).  Yes, Hagen is back on the island!  We tried his lionfish ceviche this weekend, and it was fantastic.

Italy in the World – This is a high-end wine and Italian specialty store, which now serves dinner as well.  Their pasta is simply fantastic, as was everything else that we tried.  This is a really nice spot for a special occasion dinner.

Italy wines

La Creperie – Another new addition to the island, this is a nice spot for breakfast or lunch.  They serve crepes and waffles in the traditional french style.  The atmosphere is chic, and the owners are friendly and helpful.  They also make an amazing cappuccino.

Blue Garden Brazilian Grill & Pizza Gourmet – In addition to the tradition Brazilian steakhouse offerings, they have an eclectic menu of pizzas to suit all tastes (even a dessert pizza).  The food and atmosphere are wonderful, as are the owners.

Wills Tropical Grill – Wil’s is one of our longstanding favorites on the island.  His smoked marlin is legendary, and for good reason.  Wil’s cooking is unique and flavorful, reflecting his passion for food.

Now, on to the pics…

This critter is a Rough Fileclam, also known as a Flame Scallop.

This interesting critter is a Rough Fileclam, also known as a Flame Scallop.

Flamingos gathered near the "mushroom tree", as we affectionately call it.

Flamingos gathered near the “mushroom tree”, as we affectionately call it.

If you've been to Lac Cai, you're sure to recognize this beautiful piece of driftwood.

If you’ve been to Lac Cai, you’re sure to recognize this beautiful piece of driftwood.

A yellow trumpetfish hiding amongst the coral

A yellow trumpetfish hiding amongst the coral

Seafoam at Bachelor's Beach

Seafoam at Bachelor’s Beach

A tropical mockingbird with flamingo in the background

A tropical mockingbird with flamingo in the background

West Indian Top Shells (also called whelks or wilks) in a tidal pool

West Indian Top Shells (also called whelks or wilks) in a tidal pool

What have you done in Bonaire this week?  Have you tried any new or notable restaurants?

Aug 032016
 

Today brought much needed showers to the island with cooler temps and a nice breeze.  Here’s a peek into island life this week on Bonaire.

A flock of 60 flamingos at Pekelmeer

A flock of 60 flamingos at Pekelmeer

Making a splash at Bachelor's Beach

Making a splash at Bachelor’s Beach

A mangrove root reflection. Mangroves are important coastal barriers against storms and erosion, and they also provide crucial habitats for juvenile fish, crustaceans and birds.

A mangrove root reflection. Mangroves are important coastal barriers against storms and erosion, and they also provide crucial habitats for juvenile fish, crustaceans and birds.

From a kind soul in Belnem

From a kind soul in Belnem

Just sand and sea

Just sand and sea

A church in historic Rincon

A church in historic Rincon

A pelican roosting near Pink Beach

A pelican roosting near Pink Beach

And finally, we recently took part in the 13th annual Jellyfish Jamboree hosted by jellyfish expert Bud Gillan. Below is a specimen of Alatina alata, a box jellyfish seen in Bonaire’s coastal waters 8-10 days after the full moon.  This and other samples are collected, with permit, for research at CIEE in its tropical marine ecology program.

alatina alata in bonaire

Jul 272016
 

Here are some scenes captured this week on this divers’ paradise known as Bonaire.

This reef butterflyfish was spotted near the dive site Front Porch

This Reef Butterflyfish was spotted near the dive site Front Porch.

Also seen at Front Porch was this Yellowhead Jawfish.

Also seen at Front Porch was this Yellowhead Jawfish.

Looking north into the town of Kralendijk from Windsock Beach.

Looking north into the town of Kralendijk from Windsock Beach.

A Pelican perches atop a rocky outcrop near Pink Beach.

A Pelican perches atop a rocky outcrop near Pink Beach.

Turquoise waves crash over the rocks at Pink Beach.

Turquoise waves crash over the rocks at Pink Beach.

A Pelican soars over the ocean searching for prey.

A Pelican soars over the ocean searching for prey.

A Sailfin Blenny spotted at the dive site Atlantis. Also, known as Kite Beach, this site can only be safely dived on a windless day when there are no kiteboarders.

A Sailfin Blenny spotted at the dive site Atlantis. Also, known as Kite Beach, this site can only be safely dived on a windless day when there are no kiteboarders.

Due to the fact that Kiteboarder's have claimed the Atlantis dive site, it rarely sees scuba divers. This has allowed the sea fans and coral to flourish. Here is a shot of a very healthy and large fan.

Due to the fact that Kiteboarder’s have claimed the Atlantis dive site, it rarely sees scuba divers. This has allowed the sea fans and coral to flourish. Here is a shot of a very healthy and large fan.

A Tui Boeing 787 Dreamliner on final approach to Bonaire's Flamingo International Airport.

A Tui Boeing 787 Dreamliner on final approach to Bonaire’s Flamingo International Airport.

What have you seen in Bonaire this week?

Jul 142016
 

Here is a glimpse of life on dushi Bonaire this week.  The weather has been beautiful, and we’ve had a few much needed downpours.  Life is good!

Children on a kayak at Lac Cai

Children on a kayak at Lac Cai

Kites galore at Kite Beach

Kites galore at Kite Beach

pelican in flight S

A pelican in flight over the west coast

A glimpse of the southwest coast, including Red Slave

A glimpse of the southwest coast, including Red Slave

A Tui Dreamliner (Boeing 787) takes off for the 10 hour trip to Amsterdam

A Tui Dreamliner (Boeing 787) departs BON for the 10 hour trip to Amsterdam

Portrait of a Snowy Egret

Portrait of a Snowy Egret

A pelican perches on a fishing boat in downtown Kralendijk

A pelican perches on a fishing boat in downtown Kralendijk