Diving and Dinosaurs……….

Up a smidge earlier than I cared for, but I was preparing to go diving with my most favorite dive shop and I knew I was going to have two dives to do nothing but play with my camera…….. morning stuff out of the way – I loaded my gear, made me a cooler [of really cold beer], gave my Queen a kiss and jumped in the truck and was gone.(BTW-that also included a bite to eat and a bottle of Spark)….. Salt River, where the boat was docked – has been jammed packed with that nasty a$$ Sargassum….. bad enough, it has also killed several hundred [if not more] fish and between the smell of the Sargassum and the dead fish…… you couldn’t hardly breathe……. nasty, nasty stuff…… but we finally got everybody loaded and were off. The North shore was a challenge today as 8′ swells out on the open water were prevalent…. but the Captain did his usual good job navigating them and we soon at our first dive site. The water felt amazing as I fell in backwards off of the side of the boat….. visibility was close to a 100′ and away we went. The farther the dive went – the worse the ‘vis’ got. That happens now and again and just something you have to deal with. Second dive was mildly better and the sites were awesome. By then, everybody on the boat knew I was experimenting with my lights and they all happily lined up and let me try different shots with them. Wonderful two dives, even though contending with tons of Sargassum, BIG waves and sketchy ‘vis’ added extra challenges. Still a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours looking at that kind of beauty…….

Back at the house – my bride and I discussed her doctors visit. Doc seems to think my Queen may be borderline diabetic….. another obstacle we will face together…. more as that develops…….

While we stood outside and drank and smoked…. we watched 2 Iguana’s mealing on some Mango’s we had pitched over near the fence for just that purpose. One of them was a big old dude and looks for the world like a small Dinosaur….. I took a bunch of pictures of him using the zoom lens on my phone…. but the more he got used to me – the braver each of us got as I tried to get a close up with out ‘zooming’….. lots of fun until he got tired of me and went on his merry way.  Still waiting for my camera to charge, so not sure if I’ll get the dinosaur pictures up tonight or not…… but lots of fun underwater pictures for you to fill the gap. Another 2-tank dive tomorrow with a whole different crew in a whole new environment….. should be interesting to say the very least….. but there will be more pictures~!!

Good Night Ya’ll * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Thankx for stopping in~!

Meech

Caribbean Reef Shark

Lion Fish

‘Four Eyed’ Butterfly fish

Fan Coral

Smooth Trunk Fish

Don’t know what he is, but he was huge

Drum Fish

 

 

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Born in Germany as an Army brat - I moved permanently to the United States about the time I was ready to start school - Dad put to me to work when I turned 13 tearing off roofs and packing shingles.. I did that, DE tasseled corn and bucked hay all the way through high school. After graduation, moved down South for a year or so trying to figure what I wanted to do. Finally came home and joined the Air Force serving almost 5 years - which included a 3 year tour in Germany, where I met my Queen. Came home and started working as a roofer. Economy went to crap and I knew I would not be able to support my growing family the way I wanted to, so I pestered the HR department at General Electric until they hired me. A very quick almost 34 years, 4 Daughters and 9 Grandkids later - here I am .... waiting as patiently as I can, to start the next chapter of our life - romping around in the Caribbean Sea checking out the various islands that we have not been to yet. Holy $hit what a ride~!!!! ;-)

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