Sunday, September 26, 2010

Diving with Charleston Scuba

We went out with Charleston Scuba to dive on the Little Garden Ledges. Surprisingly there were more women divers on the boat than I can remember in quite some time. I enjoyed that fact immensely. The surface was relatively calm with a breeze and light chop. We encountered some rain at one point, but it was refreshing and brief.

The Little Garden Ledges were amazing and I wish we'd had more time to explore them. Lee found some great fossilized shells. I took spent my time taking close up photos, due to a high level of particles in the water and extremely low visibility.

Michelle Tallerico was our dive master. It's always awesome to go out when she is on the boat. She is fun, knowledgeable, sweet and kind. Tom Robinson, co-owner of Charleston Scuba, drove us on his wonderful boat, the Trinity. Tom adds color, knowledge and experience to his charters like none other.

Take a look at some of my photos. (I can't wait until next season to get my strobe; it will help show the true beauty and colors.) There is more commentary at the end of the photos being displayed.

Spiny Sea Urchin
Bait fish

Sponge (it was squishy to the touch)
Baby Hogfish

Baby Queen Angel
Sheep Head Fish
Look for the Fish and Christmas Tree Worms...
Basket Sponge
Giant Amber Jack

Look for the tropical fish... do you see it?

Giant shell Lee found with my light shining on it
Looks like a spider to me, but I was told it is an Anchor Crab

Giant Queen Angel - was really faded out in person - thinking it is at the terminal phase


White Basket Sponge
Sea Urchin with my light shining on it

I also spent my time clearing my mask and dealing with burning eyes. This was not fun. In fact, it was downright miserable by the second dive. But I learned something valuable. When one cleans their mask by taking out the purge valve - not all masks have these - make sure you put it back in correctly. An upside down purge valve causes your mask to leak like there is no tomorrow.

Any day diving is a good day. I'm looking forward to where Lee and I go diving next.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Underwater Photography

It has been a long time since I posted anything here. So without further verbiage, let me post some of my recent diving photos. These were taken off the coast of Boynton Beach, Florida, which is South of West Palm Beach.

Me under the sea
Moon Jelly Fish

Butterfly fish

Two Butterfly fish

Beautiful Queen Angel

Another Queen Angel - see the "crown" on her head?

Sea Anenome (this is typically where you see clown fish)

Looking up to the surface from 85 feet below

A school of fish

A very healthy reef... look at all that growth

The Grey Angels are so beautiful

Can you see the fish? It's iridescent blue

The fish is a cow fish

Blue Tangs are among my favorite

If you look in the distance you can see the spade fish

More Blue Tang

Do you see the eel?

Grey Angel

I love diving and seeing all of God's creations