~ Bullfight ~
Actually far from it. These two nudibranch are meeting up to mate. Nudibranch are hermaphrodite, so each has both sexes and therefore no alpha male fighting takes places in the build up to mating.
~ The Look ~
This is a photo from my first dive with the Black Tip sharks, some years ago. Prior to flying up to Aliwal Shoal, I visualized and storyboard a few ideas of the photos I would like to craft on my trip and this was one of them. It also cemented my methodology to this date. Photography and even more so underwater photography will always hold many unforeseen surprises. These can be both positive and negative, but more on that in a future post. Remember however, the clearer your vision, the better you will realize it when it is about to happen.
~ My Broken Heart ~
Some sights seen, stays with you forever and this day and event is one of those for me. The shear scale and complexity of the Sardine Run is hard to pen and when nature affords you the privileged of a front row seat to a never seen before event, you will leave there with many thoughts and little words.
~ Face to Face ~
When we decide to grab the bull by the horns and go against all what we have been told, the experience is often not only one to be treasured, but of such magnitude that it changes our perspective for ever.
Don’t let other determine what you fear, explore and get to learn the truth.
~ Intense ~
The False Plum anemone are the largest found in waters around Cape Town. Not only are they the largest to be found in our waters, but they are also the most venomous known anemone. The venom is potent enough to effect humans and its best to avoid touching them. Coming in a variety of colours, they easily beautifies any reef.
~ For the Love of Orange ~
It's no mystery that the underwater world is a treasure cove filled with
colour kaleidoscopes not found elsewhere on Earth and once you zoom in on a macro level, it gets even more interesting. The center of this tiny anemone reminds me of photos of the sun’s surface.
~ Lets Share It ~
Having spend more than 5000 hours underwater to date, this was the first time I saw two species of nudibranch feeding so closely together. It must have been a real tasty snack. I spend 20 plus minutes observing them and interestingly I could see no competition between them.
~ Touch Down ~
A single strike lighting up Devils Peak. When viewing Table Mountain from the waterfront, Devils Peak is to the left of it and this is the tale on how it got its name.
“Stop nagging, woman,” mumbles Jan van Hunks striding up the mountain away from his dwelling. Soon his wife’s words are carried away on the wind, and finally, the ex-pirate has some peace to smoke his pipe. He had only taken one deep puff, when he sees a stranger approaching. “Spare some tobacco?” asks the man. And soon they start bragging about their pipe-smoking prowess; this leads to a contest.
Finally, after several days, Van Hunks wins. Unfortunately, the stranger is the devil. With that, thunder rolls across the sky, and a zag of lighting scorches Van Hunk off the face of the earth.
Next time the south-easter blows, look out for the blanket of cloud that covers Table Mountain, legend has it: Van Hunks and the devil are at it again.
~ Thunder Cloud ~
After the initial down pour late in the afternoon, it sky opened again temporarily to form the massive cloud ball. It was not long after its formation that lighting started to run wild inside of this ball. Although it shaped altered and flattened out by the time this photo was taken, it was still full of energy.
~ Showering ~
Cape Town is experiencing a major water shortage, with bad or no long term planning by the government squarely to blame. Be that as it may, it was with great join that I watch a thunderstorm build a few weeks ago. Both thunderstorms and summer rains is not common to Cape Town, so thankful for this much need blessing and the photos which makes up this series are in celebration of this.
~ One of Those Moments ~
Every now and again something catches your eye which just makes your day. Spotting this Smooth Skin Scorpion fish was one such a moment. Nothing more than one centimeter in size, it was surprising that I even managed to spot it in the murky water. Looking at it beautiful colours and textures I am sure you will agree that its one beautiful little creature!
~ Not So Mellow ~
Or so it would seem. Bright colours in nature is often to warn potential predators of danger should they try to eat the individual. I can’t help to wonder why this eel would have such a brightly coloured yellow on the inside of its mouth. Anybody with more knowledge on this, kindly share with a comment.