My Status: Wish I were in 85 degree water checking out tropical fishies!
love2dive65 - Thomasville, Georgia USA
About Me: I´m married and have 3 "children" - a bird, a cat, and a dog. I´ve been diving since September of 2005 and have my OW, AOW, and Nitrox certifications. I´ve now got 250 dives and can´t wait to add more!
Favorite Dive Gear
All of it, as long as it´s being used!
Favorite Dive Locations
Indonesia (North Sulawesi, Lembeh Strait, Bunaken), Little Cayman, Grand Turk
Diving, reading, playing with my pets
Dive photography, animals
80´s music, classic rock, classical
Favorite TV Shows
Being Human (on BBC America), Dexter, The Glenn Beck Show, NCIS
Master and Commander, the Indiana Jones movies, James Bond movies, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Undercover Brother
Tim Dorsey books featuring Serge Storms, Mitch Albom´s "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich, books by Glenn Beck
"Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are." (Chinese Proverb)"Sorry can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath, and a glass of wine." (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
Love2Dive: I wanted to let you know that Im teaching a free online seminar on the Northern Gulf of Mexico fishes, 1 Feb. You can sign up if interested at reef.org/resources/webinars. ~Carol
Love2dive, the ´´respond´´ button isn´t working. You asked about dive operations and you are in luck because an outfit based in Tifton, GA just added a second shop in Mexico Beach. It is called Aqua Adventures and their local number is 850-705-1146. I´ve met the owner and checked out the shop and looks like they are running a first class outfit. The photos I´ve seen on Facebook of their dive boat also look very nice. They are a bit into the spear fishing, but they accomodate fish watchers too. If you are going to dive down here, I´d love you to check out our web site at MBARA.org which is very actively building new reefs for the fishermen and divers. We would love to have you do fish surveys for us and REEF.org if you are into fish watching. We have developed a form and fish photos to help with this effort. Don´t hesitate to contact me for more info. Happy Diving!
Thanks! I know someone who works at the Aqua Adventures in Tifton. I´ll have to check them out. I´ve been to the MBARA site before, but I´ll go again. It could be fun to watch and count fish. Maybe I´ll take you up on that.
Hi, if you like to dive around the world I am inviting you to see the first city in America, Santa Marta, at the foot of the tallest mountain in the tropic and a fortress build against the pirate´s attacks in Cartagena and dive along these two sites in the Colombian Caribbean, to do some spearfishing, photo, underwater video, wreck diving, etc., let me know the dates of your stay here to set you up and show you around, thanks
Amazing shots with your DC800! Where´s the next U/W Photo adventure going to be?
Thanks for the comment on the mahi photo. That was in the Car Bodies site in Mexico Beach. Several mahi where circling our boat when we came up from our dive.
Diving is our top priority whenever the conditions are good (waves and visbility). We also love scalloping and kayaking in St Joe Bay. The scallop season last year was phenomenal. I have underwater photos of the Mexico Beach area at pbase.com/carol202, and my husband and I both post at mbara.org. If you have good photos from MB, I would love to post them on the MBARA web site. Carol
You need to try the Nikon D90 with an ikelite housing and strobe, I just bought the camera and borrowed a housing to try out in the pool, the difference is unbelievable, you don´t have to work as hard to get the same spectacular shot and the colors are so vivid. If you are thinking about stepping up, I would go all the way and go with a DSLR and housing, but a word to the wise, don´t try it if you don´t want to be hooked. I am now saving my pennies for the housing and strobe. Good diveing to you and let me know when you post new pictures. I love looking at all of the great shots my buds take. BTW hope you didn´t have any flood damage with all of the rain, my family is in Birmingham, AL and other than a little standing water in the back yard everything was ok. Dive safe :D
I´ve postedd a few more pics from my latest dive trip to Bunaken and Lembeh Strait. How´s Mexico Beach holding up with the oil spill? I sure hope it hasn´t affected you all, and I hope it doesn´t in the future.
Nice photos yourself, I use the same camera as Dan a Sealife DC800 with a single strobe, I also use a diffuser which makes the pictures softer with less back scatter and noise. I love the quote, ´´ Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are.´´ BTW what camera did you use?
Turtle in Bunaken, N. Sulawesi
Tiny shrimp in bubble coral - Bunaken, N. Sulawesi
Nudibranch - Bunaken, N. Sulawesi
Boxer Crab - Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
Pygmy Seahorse - Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
Porkfish in Formation - Florida Keys
Love my lips! - Florida Keys
Sunset in the Islands of North Sulawesi - Indonesia