Old Diver’s Recent Photos and Video

 

OLD DIVER’S PHOTOS AND VIDEO OF THE WEEK:

COVID ESCAPE TRIP TO CATALINA ISLAND

No country will accept Americans without a two-week quarantine so off to Catalina Isalnd with our necessary Fleet” of large and small boats:

Reef Madness, ZigZag and Doobie.  We left Zero Grams at home since she must be towed for long-distance travel.

 

BIRTHDAY TRIP TO FIJI:

Ruth used up all our credit card points and booked us a free trip to SavuSavu, Fiji.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisbon, Portugal for New Years–CALIFORNIA WITHOUT THE 40 Million people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Freedom”

Grand Caymans-August 30-September 8, 2018.

Back to the Caymans for some diving.  It is a solid producer of some fun images.  We are diving with Cayman Turtle Divers at West End until Tuesday then it is up to East End for some more extreme locations.

Sea Turtles Hatchlings Only a Few Hours Old That We Helped the Cayman Turtle Centre and Director, Tim Adam release into Sargassum Grass 2 Miles Off Grand Cayman Island.

Instinct Kicks In As the Hatchlings Face the Abyss.
They Head Into the On Coming Sea.
Their Goal…Thick Sargassum Grass 2 Miles Off Grand Cayman Island Found With A Little Help From Their Friends.
Director Tim Adam Admires His Work. “I Remember This Guy He’s a Friend of Mom’s.
Dennis Finds it Hard to Spot Hatchlings in the Thick Sargassum Grass. “What’s This Guy Looking For… “Shhhhhush! He’s Probably Hunting Wabbits!”
Tim Explains Hatchling Behavior to Snorkel Diver. “I am supposed to be doing what and going where?…Okay!”
Safe in the Sargassum Grass.
Tucked Into Their New Home for the Next 5 Years.
Hopefully to Reach Full Maturity Like Their Cousin this Hawksbill Turtle.

Turtle Munches Reef.
Fire Worm.
Spider Crab the Size of My Thumb Nail
Fully Extended Garden Eel.
Garden Eel Diggin’ Mr. White’s White.

Indignant Parrot Fish
Ruth Scans Reef
Drum Fish…I don’t know that’s just what they call them.
Blennie Peeps Out of His Coral Home.
Lunch?
Rough Night.

Killer Puffer

Ruth Lights Up My Dive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 25, 2017 – January 2, 2018.  Surface Time.  We went to Bordeaux, France and neighboring towns for Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Oyster capital of Europe so they say.  Visited the coastal towns of Archon, Sarlat and Saint Emilion.  Food and scenery were fantastic.  Even watched Star Wars in French our last night there.  Pictures to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIVERS DO NOT LIVE BY DIVING ALONE!  WOW THAT SOUNDS OMINOUS.  I am not advocating buddy diving, I dive alone too much to do that.  What I really mean is sometimes we do land trips.  Below find our last two months of land excursion photos.

December 9, 2017.  We always feel lucky to get over nighters with our grand kids.  Saturday we got to spoil Ryan and Shane, 7 and 10 years of age respectively, for 24 hours.

First we play…
and play some more.

 

Then we feed them breakfast.
Play time is over as Ruth briefs her assault team on their saltwater snorkel session.
The ducks follow her blindly even without swim fins.
Shane never tires of the lagoon just off our slip.
Ruth counsels Ryan on her technique.
Ruth hovers near Shane for safety.
Shane poses as we did pool work in the Hyatt pool.
 
Shane decides Ryan can do pool work too. Click here.

Shane and Ryan buddy breath and were under over two minutes without a hitch.
Done yet?

November 22-27, 2017.  Gone to Oregon for Thanksgiving.  We did the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, Mount Hood and some Washington State.  We focused on waterfall photography.  I have never shot falls before and had mixed results.  We got stranded in the snow on a National Forest Highway around noon on Thanksgiving Day forty miles from anywhere.  A bit scary but between the help of the Elk hunters returning to civilization and the tow truck sent by 911 (who could not get close enough to us to pull us out) we escaped.  We even made it back in time for our dinner reservation at the Columbia River Gorge Hotel.

Hotel Court Yard
Columbia River Gorge Hotel.
Looking for a Pot of Gold?
Look Carefully and Find Waldo
Panther Falls Click Here for Climb Out
Mount Hood
Click Here for Video

October 18-22, 2017.   We decided to take my main man, ten year old Shane, on our fishing trip to Mammoth this year fishing.  He was awesome,  Fished in below freezing weather, hiked into the dark up steep elevations and was an all around great fishing companion for Ruth and I.  Best of all he is a great photographer.  Using the camera grandpa bought him for the trip he took some great shots.  (See his Photo that I call “Photographer’s Eye” below.) 

“Photographer’s Eye”
He likes jumping…
…Making friends…
…Not so much posing…
…and Climbing on Stuff.
Shane and his first Trout. Click HERE to see Shane’s Cast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WE WERE IN CATALINA ISLAND FROM AUGUST 3-13.

Went to Catalina to do a little Avalon and Two Harbors.  Weather was hot for the first three days but then beautiful.  Could not get GoDaddy to upload new page info until the 8th day.  So here is what we have so far.

Baby Seal Circles Ruth.
Snuggles Ruth’s Fin…
…Takes a Selfie with her GoPro,  gives her a Kiss Goodbye and Leaves. Click here to view video.
Old Diver checks out OTS Full Face Mask and Ambient Light Still Photography.

Drunks we met in Marlin Bar. The Asian Girls are Friendly There.
Niece Jullie gets a ride on Doobie. I was afraid she might be “going in” the drink.
Watch out Avalon.
I don’t care what year it is just give me a shot glass.
Beer’s good too.
Avalon
Two Harbors

MAUI MAUI MAUI…WHY DO WE ALWAYS HAVE TO GO TO MAUI?

Free Swimming Tiffany-Maui
White Tip Reef Shark-Maui

 

Smiley Eel-Maui

 

Gray Reef Shark
Frogfish-Maui

 

Flame Dart Fish-Maui
Yellow Spotted Eel Portrait-Maui
Hawaiian Lion Fish-Maui
Coris Wrasse
Snowflake Eel Portrait-Maui
Sea Hare-Maui
 
Psychedelic Box Fish-Maui
Zebra Eel-Maui
Eagle Ray Couple-Maui
White Mouth Moray Eel-Maui
Green Sea Turtle-Maui
Enthusiastic Dive Guide Jose-Maui

Could Be the Fish or the Scenery…

Friendly Bartenders…

Efren at Sensei – Maui

and Strange Surface Creatures.

Niece Nikki and What’s his name.
Flying Fish
3mm Pygmy Squid Larva

 

 

(FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE DIVE LOCATIONS SEE LA JOLLA DIVER’S LOG PAGE ABOVE OR CLICK HERE)

KOH LANTA-APRIL 2017

Clown Fish
Schools out!
Giant Oyster-no kidding!
Pretty and Poisonous-Lion Fish
Everybody Loves a Clown.
I don’t mean to be rude but is that your butt or your face?
Poser
Isn’t It Strange…
…Aren’t We a Pair…
…Me on the Ground…
…You in Midair…
…Send in the Clowns…
…There Ought to Be Clowns…
…Maybe Next Year.
Infant Butterfly Fish-Size of a Quarter.
Infant Clown Fish-Thumb Nail Size
Oriental Sweet Lips Juvenile-I call her Ruth.
Very Rare Ornate Ghost Pipe Fish
I think she was in her own movie…but I forgot.
Anenome Reef

Manta Ray cruises over Molokini Crater-Click Image for Video.
Baby Frog Fish
Dive Master Dave and Friends
Old Diver and another Eel on the Reef
Turtle exits cave-CLICK IMAGE FOR VIDEO
Eel, Ruth and Old Diver in Background
50lb Trivoli Game Fish
Frame capture from Ruth’s GoPro video.

MALDIVES-NOVEMBER 2016.

Old Diver with Macro Rig shooting Honey Comb Eel.
Got the Shot-Honey Comb Eel.
Clown Anemones at Home.
White Mouth Eel.
Ghost Pipe Fish


GRAND CAYMAN-SEPTEMBER 2016

Cayman Island Eel on day time Cruise. CLICK IMAGE FOR HD VIDEO.
Cayman Turtle Poses
Ruth ready for Sting Ray closeup.

MAUI-APRIL 2016

Pregnant Puffer Fish.
Ruth takes aim in Maui
Ruth heads back to the Boat.

BIG ISLAND-APRIL 2015

Weightless or Weighs less.
“Old Driver” cruises the reef. Should he still be driving?


Cowfish,