An Earth Day Plea for the Yellow Tangs and Other Endemic Fishes of Hawaii

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas), an endangered species, being cleaned by Yellow Tangs (Zebrasoma flavescens) and Gold-ring Surgeonfish (Ctenochaetus strigosus) at Turtle Towers dive site, Kona, Hawai'i. This symbiotic behavior keeps the turtles free of algae and parasites while providing a food source for the fish.

I made this plea on Earth Day in 2009, when this photo won the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s World Ocean Day Photo Contest that year, and thought I’d pitch it again today, on Earth Day. A good plea never gets tired. The photo above is of a Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas), an endangered species, being […]

Green Anole

Green Anole

My wife came in from the yard the other day and told me about the Green Anole that seems to have adopted our front porch. I was otherwise occupied at that moment and couldn’t grab a shot, but she came in and alerted me to its presence again this morning. Pretty cool little guy.

Kona Underwater Portfolio

Longfin Anthias (Pseudanthias hawaiiensis), Garden Eel Cove, Kona, Hawaii.

Longfin Anthias (Pseudanthias hawaiiensis), Garden Eel Cove. My wife and I went on a scuba diving vacation in Kona a couple of months ago. We used to do this kind of thing at least once a year, but recently, life has gotten in the way and we haven’t been able to find the opportunity as […]

Tiny Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

My wife came in from the garden this morning, poked her head in my home office and said, “Hey, there’s a baby praying mantis on the chile plant. Interested?” Earlier this month, I’d purchased a set of extension tubes and badly needed practice using them, so I dropped what I was doing, grabbed the camera, […]

Best Nature Photo Finalist

Lionfish

I just found out two of my photos made the finals of The Nature Conservancy’s 4th Annual Digital Photo competition. I wouldn’t mind a vote or two, if you’re so inclined. Thanks very much for your support!

Pre-Hurricane SCUBA Dive

Spotted Boxfish

My wife and I decided to get a dive in before Hurricane Felicia does whatever she’s going to do, and also to test our regulators, which just came back from service. It appears you can’t get more than about 6-7 years of life out of 2500 mAh Nimh batteries, as my strobes died after about […]

Green Sea Turtle In Flight

Green Sea Turtle

I’m embarrassed to reveal I still haven’t gone through all the underwater shots I got in Kona from a year ago, and we’re going again next month. It’s not like me. Be that as it may, this shot is irresistible. Amazing what you find when you bother to look through your own photos. By the […]