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Fire show on the beach

Wednesday night we went out on the beach to watch the fire show.  We’ve seen it before – apparently most of the nightly shows rotate between the different El Dorado resorts.  So if you stay here more than once you’ll probably see repeats of the shows.  We enjoyed it nonetheless.

 

 

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I think a puffer… only a couple of inches long

Then on Thursday I went diving again, this time to the Caves and Gardens dive sites.

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juvenile spotted drum

I saw a cool little – I think it’s a puffer – at the Caves.  And at the gardens I found a small alcove with three juvenille spotted drum which is one of the most graceful fish I’ve ever seen.

I also saw a couple of big green moray eels out swimming in the open which is a little unusual.  I think divers must be feeding them because both times the eels came up to us – one of them came close enough to make me a little nervous!

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Moray eel looking for a handout

And I got some more video… I love my new camera!!!

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My dad was complaining that I don’t have enough invertebrate pictures… so here’s some sponges, corals, and christmas tree worms (or as Tim likes to call them Spirobranchus giganteus)

I’ve updated my Maroma photo album with some more photos

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There’s a ball somewhere up there

After diving, I headed back to the beach where it began to rain.  But it didn’t stop me from playing a little volleyball.  There were only four of us though… only two per side.  That means a lot of running around.

 

After a while I needed a break so Sandy stepped in to play a little.  Okay… maybe some of the shots are a little bit staged 🙂

Iron fist Sandy is scaring the other players!

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Sunrise over the caribbean

Sunrise over the Caribbean

We are enjoying our winter break down in Mexico at El Dorado Maroma.  The weather has been a little cooler than normal… cool enough that I’m wearing jeans in the morning.  And there’s been a little rain.  But I checked the weather back home and it said 27 degrees (that would be farenheit!) so we’re happy to be down here even with the less than perfect weather.

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This little raccoon knows the best place to go for a meal!

The resort is beautiful, the beaches are fine white sand, the restaurants are wonderful, and even the varmints are well behaved.  Eating dinner one night we were visited by a little raccoon who alternately begged for food at the side of the table and lay down beside us like a small dog, watching us and hoping for table scraps.

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This fella was a regular and had been named Jose de Taco by the staff.

 

We of course know better than to feed wildlife which is why I will never confess on a public forum to throwing him little pieces of bread or even a little steak.  Yes – never will confess!

 

And of course I’ve gone diving.  I’ve gotten to try out my new camera for the first time.  Here’s some video…

And a couple of pictures….

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OMG! The quality of these pictures are so much better than my old camera

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Untouched picture of queen triggerfish

I use Adobe Lightroom to make some minor adjustments.  Generally this involves adjusting the white balance and the exposure, contrast, whites, and blacks in the photo.  You can see the original picture of the queen triggerfish to the right and my adjusted picture up above.  Lightroom makes it super simple to do these adjustments.  Generally I just do a few clicks and the picture is done.  Of course I am colorblind so maybe I’m doing more harm than good 🙂  You can also see in the adjusted picture above that the sand it a little off.  If I really wanted to do a complete job – I would separate the sand from the fish in the picture and adjust them each separately.  But then I would really never get any of these blog postings done.

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Goby on brain coral

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Detail of goby

One of the other things I’m very happy with is the resolution.  Above is a picture I took of a little goby.  Now I’m able to zoom in to see much more detail then I could before.

Btw – did you know if you click on the pictures in my blog you can see a bigger image?

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Juvenile filefish

Here’s another great example of the resolution.  This juvenile filefish has detail around it’s eyes that I was never aware of.  When I zoomed in on this picture, I was surprised to see all those little blue lines around it’s eyes.

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Parrotfish at a cleaning station. I watched as the parrotfish floated there patiently with his mouth wide open and little yellow fish darted in and out picking away at and cleaning his teeth

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We saw an eagle ray… very cool!!! Unfortunately it was out there a little ways so despite my best efforts, the picture isn’t very good.

Here’s a link to some more photos