Oct 242014
 

I’ve recently written about the great planespotting opportunities on Bonaire.  At Flamingo Airport, getting up close and personal with arriving jumbo jets is as easy as pulling your vehicle off of the road.

Yesterday I went to photograph Arkefly’s Dreamliner as it arrived on Bonaire from Amsterdam.  Apparently, I’m not the only planespotting geek enthusiast on the island, because several others were waiting, camera in hand, for its arrival.  Since I arrived several minutes early, I took some shots of Windsock beach, which lies just on the airport’s outskirts.

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Looking south from Windsock/Corporal Meiss dive sites

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View towards town

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Paul Allen’s Tattoosh in the harbor

After a few minutes, I spotted the Dreamliner on its final approach.

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I wonder if the pilots notice the camera wielding people waiting at the start of the runway?  It’s likely they have more important things on which to concentrate, I hope I suppose.

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A bit blurry despite a 1/250 shutter speed

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Touchdown

My favorite tool for tracking incoming flights is Flight Aware.  It’s a helpful tool for real time flight data, so you don’t have to miss a photo op for those pesky early arrivals.

Oct 162014
 

In Bonaire, October is the time to reproduce – for the coral that is.  Two nights ago we went for a night dive with the hope of witnessing this event.

We jumped in the water around 9:15 pm, and it wasn’t long before we were treated to a show that only mother nature could produce.

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Spawning of Mountainous Star Coral – Montastraea faveolata

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This was also the night for brittle star spawning, and I’ve never seen this species so active on the reef.

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Have you seen the coral spawning this year?  Various species have been spawning this week – some during the day and some at night.

Oct 142014
 

A few years ago, I wrote a piece about the Beach Wheelchair – a specialty wheelchair allowing physically challenged beachgoers access to the beach and water.

I’m so happy to report that a new, floating Beach Wheelchair is now available for use in Bonaire.  At JibeCity in Sorobon, physically challenged visitors may use the Beach Wheelchair to enjoy the white sandy beach and float in the turquoise lagoon.

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The beach and lagoon at Sorobon

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Example of the floating Beach Wheelchair.   Photo Credit – www.beachwheelchair.com

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Oct 102014
 

Recently I watched a very fascinating Ted Talk given by Hamish Jolly – an Australian entrepreneur, ocean swimmer and kite surfer.  Jolly founded a company called SAMS (Shark Attack Mitigation Systems) that claims to have developed shark repelling wetsuit technology.  According to the company’s website, the wetsuits are designed to “disrupt the sharks visual perception” to divert or delay a possible attack.

While this theory is extremely intriguing, testing is still ongoing, and there is no guarantee that the suits will prevent an attack.  Personally, I’m not yet convinced that wearing this suit, let’s say, to swim or surf in a known great white feeding ground is a sound idea. Nevertheless, it’s a concept that I will continue to follow with interest.

Here’s the video.  Give it a watch and let me know your thoughts.

 

Sep 282014
 

Bonaire’s Bari Reef continues to be our favorite Bonairean dive site for underwater macro and fish photography. This reef is teeming with so much life that each dive feels like an opportunity to explore a new realm.  From manta rays cruising the coast to the usually-shy common octopus to the tiniest of blennies, this site is home to myriad creatures both great and small.

Lately, we’ve become enamored with the smaller inhabitants of Bari Reef.  You certainly don’t have to dive deep to find subjects – we’ve typically found the best macro opportunities at the top of the reef.

Here are some shots from late summer.

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Secretary Blenny

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Barred Hamlet

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Bandtail pufferfish

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Christmas Tree Worm

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Redlip Blenny

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Juvenile lionfish