When The Snow Melts Part 2, (Taking a broader view.)
To compliment my earlier posting, Part 2 consists of some wide-angle images from my sultry home base.
For those who care about such details, the baseball photograph was made with a cell phone. All other images were made with a Nikon D2X camera, a trio of Inon Z-240 strobes and a 10mm fisheye lens, with the lone exception of the Tarpon image, for which I used an old 16mm fisheye lens.
White Grunts, Haemulon plumieri. This is one of my favorite types of congestion. Certainly beats a traffic jam on Route 95.
I drove about 100 miles north to Jupiter and spent part of a day with fellow Bear Snokat. Heavy squalls and choppy seas yielded very poor visibility for our dives, (I'd estimate maximum of about 10 feet,) but I was fortunate enough to encounter this adult Hawksbill Turtle, Eretmochelys imbriocota
Atlantic Spadefish, Chaetodipterus faber schooling near the Tortuga wreck.
Loggerhead Turtle, Caretta caretta being cleaned near the Crane wreck.
Bull wheel of the Crane wreck.
Nurse Shark, Ginglymostoma cirratum, resting near the stern of the Andro shipwreck.
A view from the bow of the Andro.
Your humble narrator. I was actually just making sure that my strobes were firing, but this has become my standard technique for self portraits.
For the second consecutive summer, Bazzer Jr. worked as a lifeguard from Mondays thru Fridays. I avoid taking the boat out on weekends whenever possible, but make exceptions when he wants to dive.
Support columns of the retired Tenneco oil-rig.
There are places where Tarpon, Megalops atlanticus, are territorial residents. Alas, in my area these large prehistoric looking fish are migratory, so it’s just a matter of luck that I get to see them at all.
In late August vast numbers of these White Mullet Murgil curema, congregate in schools that are sometimes too dense to see through.To give you some perspective, the 10mm lens that I used to make this image offers a field of view of 180 degrees, and I’m less than 3” from the closest of these 4” fish.
On May 29th, I went to a Florida Marlins game with my son and my father. Three generations sharing a night at the ball yard is all sorts of great, but we were witness to something that I doubt that I’ll ever see again. Phillies pitcher Roy Halliday pitched what I think was the 17th perfect game in major league history that night. Baz Jr. also managed to emerge from a mass of sweaty, beer soaked fans in possession of a ball that wound up in the stands. Here’s a shot that I made of the Marlin’s Ronny Paulino grounding out to third base on what was the final pitch of the game.
Pray for snow.