When The Snow Melts Part 1, (Sometimes it’s the little things that matter.)
There has not been a whole lot of activity here on the EpicSki Forums, as the summer seems to be dragging on at a mercilessly slow pace. I’ve only seen a smattering of TR’s from Bears in the Southern Hemisphere, and it does not seem to be a stellar winter down that way. Oh yeah, Skiing Magazine will no longer be published in print.
On the up side, dates have been set for this season’s ESA’s, Philpug and Sierrajim have offered a way cool pair of skis to be awarded to one Bear who renews their supporter status before the summer ends, and there are a few interesting pennant races under way as the baseball season winds down.
There is a long line of tropical storms and hurricanes presently working their way across the Atlantic, and the seas around here are running around 8 feet. Definitely not a good day to head out into the ocean on a 20-foot boat. Thus, I’ve written up a pair of non-skiing oriented trip reports with some thoughts and images from hot, moist, and often-sunny Florida.
For any interested, all of the following photographs were made with a Nikon D2X camera. The images of the Yellowhead Jawfish and Balloonfish eye were made with a Micro-Nikkor 200mm lens, all the rest were made with a Micro-Nikkor 100mm lens. All were illuminated by a pair of Inon Z-240 strobes.
Yellowline Arrow Crab, Stenorhynchus seticornis
Lined Seahorse, Hippocampus erectus
Known as mouth brooding, this male Yellowhead Jawfish, Opistognathus aurifrons, incubates a clutch of eggs. Look closely and you can see the eyes of the fish embryos.
Southern Stingray, Dasyatis Americana
The business end of a Green Moray,Gymnothorax funebris
Queen Angelfish, Holacanthus ciliaris
Zebra Lionfish, Pterois volitans,are an invasive species. Native to the tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans, they are voracious predators and have no natural enemies here to keep their numbers in check. Although quite beautiful, they are breeding at an alarming rate throughout the Western Atlantic and Caribbean. I’ve taken to diving with a home-made spear, (a dowel with a nail in it,) and dispatch as many of them as I can. (After making a few photographs.)
A colonial soft coral called a Sea Rod, Eunicea sp.
Smooth Trunkfish, Lactophrys triqueter
Purplemouth Moray and Neon Goby, Gymnothorax vicinus, and Gobiosoma oceanops
Though in reality the Moray is being cleaned by this Goby, this image reminds me of an old Gary Larson cartoon: Two guys are in one of their living rooms. Also in the room is an alligator with a chicken perched upon its snout. The caption read something like, “Hey Rudy, watch what happens when I count to three.”
Common Octopus, Octopus vulgaris
Stareye Hermit, Dardanus venosus
Red Banded Hermit, Paguristes punticeps
Atlantic Spadefish, Chaetodipterus faber
Spotted Moray, Gymnothorax moringa
Eye of a Balloonfish, Diodon holocanthus
Pray for snow.