Oops

November 9, 2016

Well.  That was unexpected. Apologies to the world in general.  Hope we don’t all die.

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Return of the Nitrox Cowboy

November 4, 2016

This is far from the best lionfish photo I’ve seen, but it’s probably the best one I’ve taken, on the stern of the depth charge wreck, described below. For the last four days I’ve been diving the lagoon at Chuuk, formerly known as Truk, in the Federated Republic of Micronesia.  The lagoon is covered with […]

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Dawn Squall

November 3, 2016

One thing about this trip, I’ve taken an amazing number of terrific dawn and sunset photos.

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Mystery Plane

November 3, 2016

I’ve run a number of mystery plane contests, with my online friends of the Ground Observer Corps never taking longer than about 20 minutes to identify the plane.  So I thought I’d put up a poser. What plane did I find here on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean?  There’s an oval defense blister on […]

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Last Night’s New Moon

November 2, 2016
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Manta Ray

November 2, 2016

It’s always been my ambition to view a manta ray, or devilfish, though luck has always been against me.  One of the best places in the world to see a manta is the German Channel in Palau, a channel in the reef blasted by German engineers in support of their phosphate mining endeavors, back when […]

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Ghost Ship

November 1, 2016

Wanna hear a ghost story?  (It’s still Halloween in the States, I believe, though I’m on the far side of the dateline myself.) This is the story of an unknown ship, known as the “depth charge wreck” or the “helmet wreck,” from its cargo.  It was a Japanese sub-chaser sunk during the Second World War, […]

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Afloat in the Philippine Sea

October 30, 2016
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Return to Palau

October 22, 2016

After two days on airplanes and in airports, we got to spend a night in a luxury hotel.  It caters more to Japanese than American visitors, so the breakfast buffet had some interesting choices.  I had a vegetable stir-fry of udon noodles topped with a couple eggs sunny-side-up, along with tropical fruit and coffee, and […]

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Oceania

October 19, 2016

I’m going off to the Pacific for two and a half weeks, to commune with my finny friends. Much of that time I’ll be on a boat with no phone or internet connection, which I for one find to be a delightful prospect.  The rest of the time I’ll be on one or another island. […]

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