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In contrast to my TR from last week which featured highly magnified images of tiny creatures, I’m posting up a few shots that I made yesterday during an outing in search of some of the largest of our local reef dwelling residents, Epinephelus itajara, (which were until recently commonly referred to as Jewfish, but are now to be called Goliath Grouper.) Late summer finds these large predators congregating in substantial numbers off the coast of Palm Beach for their annual spawning. This is good news for me for the obvious reasons, and indeed is good news for all Bears in the Northern Hemisphere as this is an indication that the summer is almost over, and we’ll soon be back in the snowy mountains.

 

I had the pleasure to spend the day with my friend Jim Abernethy. Here, he’s behind the torches mounted on his video camera and the two of us team up to corral a big fish.

 

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Jim’s a pretty big player in all things aquatic, and most decidedly marches to his own drumbeat. A dedicated voice for marine conservation, his boundless energy, effervescent personality, wealth of experience, devil may care approach to some social morays, and seemingly endless well of enthusiasm make him a paragon of the diving community. I’ve never met Glen Plake, but his persona and image as an ambassador or poster boy for the ski life seems similar to Jim’s.

 

One Big Fish. To give you a bit of perspective, I made all of these images with a fisheye lens that yields a 180-degree angle of view. I’m extremely close to my subject in all of these images, but this fish is no more than a couple of inches away from my camera lens.

 

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A brief note; Most of the Grouper are quite shy, and it is a major challenge to get close enough to one in order to make an acceptable image. However, you may occasionally find one animal that is not at all skittish, and will allow a close approach. We call these individuals “super models.”

 

My buddy Brian helps give you a sense of scale regarding the Grouper. I’d guesstimate this individual to weigh in at around 400 pounds.

 

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Decidedly not a super model, this big boy retreated into the bowels of its’ shipwreck/home as soon as my strobes fired.

 

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My friend Steve and I were enveloped within this living cyclone of ceaselessly swirling baitfish.

 

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Late summer frequently brings with it a blossoming in the local jellyfish population. Drifting along in shallow water during my decompression stop, I was accompanied by this Moon Jelly, Aurelia aurita, along with a host of its’ brothers, sisters, and cousins.

 

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post #2 of 11

You're the best, Bazzer! Awesome pics.

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Nice eye!

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Nice, Bazzer!

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Bazzer, I thought since its your birthday, I'd bump one of your beautiful threads and wish you a happy day. 

 

Please tell me that you're Bazzin' it up today!!!yahoo.gif

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Happy birthday Bazz'  Cheers

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+1, happy birthday, young man.
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Happy birthday to a true gentleman Bazzer!

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Thanks for the good karma friends.

 

I've not made too big a stink about my own birthday for quite some time now, but this last one was pretty impressive. Mrs. Bazzer is an actress and playwright, and has been in NYC for the past few months performing her one-woman show, Open Hearts, in an off-Broadway theatre. I took the opportunity to pay her a visit, see the show, and hang out with several old friends. Had a grand time playing both husband and tourist, and got my fix of some foodstuffs that I miss from my youth. (Pizza at John's, Soup Dumplings, Sliced Eel, & Snow Pea Greens at Joe's Shanghai, a Pastrami sandwich at Katz's Deli, and a dozen Olympia Miyagi bivalves at The Oyster Bar.)

 

Paid a visit to the home of the first critter that I can recall making a photograph of, back in 1964. My old subject, (a native of Wyoming,) hasn't changed much since I first saw him, but looks pretty good considering that he's about 65,000,000 years old.

 

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You WERE Bazzin' it up!!

Love it that you savor every bite!

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Late summer frequently brings with it a blossoming in the local jellyfish population. Drifting along in shallow water during my decompression stop, I was accompanied by this Moon Jelly, Aurelia aurita, along with a host of its’ brothers, sisters, and cousins.

 

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Creepy!!!

 

I hope all is well Bazzer!! It's been too long already...

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