Fireworks to ring in the new year

What better way to welcome the new year than with photos of fireworks? These are my favorites from the bunch of photos I took, although I think my photos last year were better.

Fireworks in paradise
Fireworks in paradise
Fireworks over the pantalan
Fireworks over the pantalan
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

And some words of wisdom from my favorite captain:



2012: a year in pictures

This is the first time I’ve ever done this. Hah! It was a challenge to try to summarize an entire year in just a bunch of photos but I think I got it right. Lots of challenges but lots of fun too.

What I look like when I’m working

I took this yesterday during my first-ever Turtle Tracking Tour. Yes, I am occasionally vain enough to train a camera on myself. And hey, it does look pretty cool πŸ™‚

The numbers for my first tour: eight guests, four sea turtles, and one set of fresh tracks on Dilumacad. SCORE!!! πŸ˜€

The view from the office


I can probably get used to seeing this everyday, but that doesn’t mean I don’t miss home.

(This WordPress app for iPhone is pretty darn nifty.)

A sneak peek


This is what I see when I get out of the office. There are worse places to be than here πŸ˜›

More explorations of the Miniloc house reef

I got to take the G12 for its second dive yesterday when the Community Ecology (Comeco) Lab crew came over to Miniloc to check the house reef. Yay friends visiting my workplace! Still had difficulty manipulating the camera to get the look I wanted (so many buttons!) but it was a bit easier this time around. Hopefully it’ll become second nature by the time the 5th dive comes around? Haha!

This surgeonfish is feeding on the turfing algae on the rock. Tentative identification is lined bristletooth (Ctenochaetus striatus)
Renmar dubbed this "The Big Ball of Awesome". This is what the school of bigeye scad (Selar crumenophthalmus) looks like from below.
A schooling bannerfish (Heniochus acuminatus) with no school πŸ™

Today’s money shot is brought to you by:

A blue-spotted stingray (Taeniura lymma) getting cleaned by a cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus)

Too bad about the suspended particles πŸ™

This would have been the money shot if the parrotfish just stood still for one second more:

A parrotfish (can't tell which species) getting cleaned by a cleaner wrasse