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by oldsalt
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Puget Sound whale watching
Replies: 1
Views: 65

Puget Sound whale watching

"The Three Princes of Serendip", a 16th century retelling of an old Persian folk tale, gave the English language the word serendipity. Serendipity, finding something while looking for something else, describes my watching gray whales lately. While cooking breakfast, the flipper and fluke o...
by oldsalt
Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: ThThTh 3/21 Dive & BBQ report
Replies: 10
Views: 342

Re: ThThTh 3/21 Dive & BBQ report

Are these baby salmon? I saw this school of them right at the shore (<5ft) in front of the staircase when I was coming back up. https://photos.smugmug.com/Underwater/Seattle-Diving/Redondo-Beach-Park-2019-03-21/i-bSNmXjh/1/2187e163/M/_DSC2693-M.jpg [/quote] I think you called it right. Salmon go thr...
by oldsalt
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Bottle Thread
Replies: 186
Views: 46057

Re: The Bottle Thread

I agree that this is an epic find. You should have fun over the years creating stories of how it ended up in you possession. I had a similar find years ago, not as old and certainly not as rare. For my own reasons it was special. I was diving the old "crab pier" at Mukilteo. During the Col...
by oldsalt
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: ThThTh in Indonesia
Replies: 49
Views: 1421

Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Friends: Yelloweye insinuated you just scratched the surface with your report. Jan Kocian has been feeding us reports on his Fiji trip in installments. I would enjoy reading and seeing more.
-Curt :bounce:
by oldsalt
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Barclay Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 461

Re: Barclay Sound

"They that go down to the sea...They see the works of the Lord and the wonders of His creation." Psalm 107
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4105
Views: 384843

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: When I think about it, I must laugh at myself. If I were to tell someone how eagerly I await your posts, and they asked "What is in them?" "Oh, pictures of oysters, sponges, flatworms, and slugs." Add my near obsession with whales and seabirds, no wonder I am considered weir...
by oldsalt
Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Barclay Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 461

Re: Barclay Sound

Chris: Exquisite. Your opening time-lapse shot of the bay reminds me why I have spent hours staring at the sea. My son says time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted. The dog made me smile. The sea life you showed was an eloquent statement of why we love the ocean. Thank you.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4105
Views: 384843

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

When I look at the wonders you depict, I think of an exchange I had with a cousin years ago. He asked why I didn't return to my birth state of Missouri. "It doesn't have an ocean for one thing" I replied. He answered, "What's the big deal about the ocean? It is nothing but water."...
by oldsalt
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4105
Views: 384843

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: You show us again and again the marvels one can see in what many consider sites not worth the effort: Langley, Coupeville, and Holmes Harbor. But you are an exceptionally gifted observer.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: barclay sound
Replies: 9
Views: 403

Re: barclay sound

Chris, I probably say it too often, but the pictures on this board are therapy for one who misses diving. I made just one trip to Barkley Sound, and focused on diving wrecks. It is one of the placed where I felt I was at the edge of the world. Your pictures are glorious. Also, doing that many mid-wi...
by oldsalt
Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4105
Views: 384843

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

My access to internet has been limited while I was in the Galapagos. I just saw your trip photos. My goodness. My Fiji photos are so lame in comparison. Thank you,
Curt
by oldsalt
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Southern adventure contnued
Replies: 2
Views: 152

Southern adventure contnued

I used to feel smugly superior as I strapped my gear on and looked at the tourists go by in their orange life jackets. Guess what happened? Old age! After a marvelous week in the Galapagos, we continued on to visit old friends in Peru. In earlier visits we had taken in the most common sites: Machu P...
by oldsalt
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Galapagos adventure
Replies: 10
Views: 422

Re: Galapagos adventure

YellowEye wrote:Very cool! Awesome!

What's a flightless cormorants? Do they just swim and dive? :)

That's right. They are endemic here. I was unable to get an underwater picture of them, but they are amazing when the are hunting. Here's a group of three. Notice the vestigial wings.
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cormorants

Curt
by oldsalt
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Galapagos adventure
Replies: 10
Views: 422

Galapagos adventure

Many of you know I had to give up diving. Life, while diminished, hasn't ended. I will mark my 75th birthday here at the equator, visiting the Galapagos. While snorkeling, a 5 meter manta ray passed beneath me. Plankton obscured the visibility and I was forced to shoot down, but I got a picture to s...
by oldsalt
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Super Blood Wolf Moon Tonight
Replies: 6
Views: 353

Re: Super Blood Wolf Moon Tonight

I love your shots. The broken tripod produced a really neat effect.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Super Blood Wolf Moon Tonight
Replies: 6
Views: 353

Re: Super Blood Wolf Moon Tonight

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I had some clouds, and my camera is in the shop, but I shot a couple of the actual eclipse with my phone. For me, it is cool to realize that I am looking at the shadow of the earth I am standing on.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4105
Views: 384843

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

A common cycle for beaches consists of erosion of during winter storms followed by deposition from river sediments during spring runoffs. Whidbey Island suffers from having no rivers to recharge the sediment, so you have only half of the cycle. Some of your beaches are sustained from erosion of adja...
by oldsalt
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: US Supreme Court may hear case regarding beach access
Replies: 4
Views: 424

Re: US Supreme Court may hear case regarding beach access

Roxndox and Nwbrewer are both right, it is complicated and unsettled. The property description on my deed says my property runs out into the bay, gray whales feed in the sand that this deed says is mine. However, the local tribes claim their treaty gives them the tideland up to the mean tide, which ...
by oldsalt
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Scattering remains?
Replies: 10
Views: 626

Re: Scattering remains?

Wow. You have my sympathy. I still miss my dad decades after he passed. I have scattered remains several times, mostly off Navy ships but most recently off a Washington State ferry. I don't think the three mile rule applies to cremains. We were required to use a special biodegradable container when ...
by oldsalt
Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4105
Views: 384843

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: I have never dived Holmes Harbor, but I have some pleasant memories of evenings at anchor there. I seem to remember that you found some sand dollars there once. Am I right? And Merry Christmas to you as well.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4105
Views: 384843

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

The color specific name leads us astray, since they are capable of changing their color to match their surroundings. This fish does not want to be found.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Happy Birthday Jan!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 567

Re: Happy Birthday Jan!!!

Belated birthday wishes youngster. You are an inspiration to us all.
-Curt (Ah, to be 71 again) :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Secret Reef
Replies: 7
Views: 684

Re: Secret Reef

Chris: There is a spot in Haro Strait that we called Secret Reef. It offered much the same, lingcod and rockfish. It's good to see divers are still seeking out those spots.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4105
Views: 384843

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

I'm glad you're still posting. Since I gave up diving, the pictures from the members of the board are my opportunity to "look under the tent". I still watch sea critters, mostly whales. I watched a gray whale feeding yesterday. I doubt that I will ever see a "flying slug" again e...
by oldsalt
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Dusty
Replies: 33
Views: 2058

Re: Dusty

Rich: I am so relieved to hear from you. Take heart. Yesterday I went to the gym and worked out with a friend who had the same surgery over twenty years ago. He's 88 years old and does a full circuit with the weights then walks a mile and a half. Hang in there.
-Curt :rawlings:

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