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Postby GillyWeed » Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:21 am

Yeah.. I thought on Smugmug you could have the ability to let people purchase your photos.. I bet if you started doing something like that you'd quickly find that you had enough money for publishing. I bet the NWD clubbers alone would get enough for that first run at a real book, for say the aquarium.. But Sounder gets a little of the royalty rights for thinking of the Jan doll because that's just brilliant!!
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Postby LCF » Sun Sep 23, 2007 5:06 pm

Yes, that was the verdict of our exploration dive at Possession Point Beach -- Not much there. Too bad, because it's such a nice site, with parking, picnic tables, showers and a super easy entry. Oh well . . .

What we should do with Jan's pages is make a website with all of them there, and you can download the files for some reasonable fee. Then we can take the files to Kinkos or somewhere and get them printed out on high quality paper. That way, we could keep up with the output -- In fact, people could even subscribe to the series in some way (so much a month, or year, for downloading all the pages). This would keep Jan's costs to almost nothing (he uploads the files already), get him some income that would help support his hobby, and give all of us access to these beautiful pages in a size and format that would do them justice.

What do you think, Jan?
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Postby Sounder » Sun Sep 23, 2007 2:46 pm

As soon as you printed one, it'd be out-dated!!! I love how often you share your pictures and clever art with us!

If you ever do print them, I think we could make a "Diver Jan" doll that looks just like your cartoons. They'd sell out at the Aquarium (if not on the websites like these first)!
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Postby Jan K » Sun Sep 23, 2007 12:10 pm

Grateful Diver wrote:
LCF wrote:It is simply a crime that these aren't collected somewhere in full size, for people to leaf through and marvel at.

Imagine being able to purchase these images in a book at ... oh, say ... the Seattle Aquarium ... I think that book has a market ...
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if the printing wasn't so expensive - ](*,)

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Postby Jan K » Sun Sep 23, 2007 12:09 pm

John Rawlings wrote:Hi, Jan! Beautiful shots! The sand almost appears to be black - is there something in the vicinity that would account for that?
Where exactly is Possession Beach? Is there anything else there along with the Sea Pens? - John


Thank you John. Possession beach is on the south end of Whidbey, take Cultus road to Possession Road, there are signs to guide you to the park. I got turned onto this by Lynn (LCF) right here on this forum.
It seems to be current sensitive (explains the seapens), I did not find much of anything else, Sea Pens and their enemy, the Striped Nudibranchs. Few Sunflower stars, one very skittish Dungeness crab. What I found interesting, was that the baby pens were in the shallows, closer to Eel grass and in very murky waters, while I did not see any of the babies among the adults in deeper water..

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Postby Grateful Diver » Sun Sep 23, 2007 11:26 am

LCF wrote:It is simply a crime that these aren't collected somewhere in full size, for people to leaf through and marvel at.

Imagine being able to purchase these images in a book at ... oh, say ... the Seattle Aquarium ... I think that book has a market ...

... Bob (Grateful Diver)

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Postby John Rawlings » Sun Sep 23, 2007 11:23 am

Hi, Jan!

Beautiful shots! The sand almost appears to be black - is there something in the vicinity that would account for that?

Where exactly is Possession Beach? Is there anything else there along with the Sea Pens?

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More Sea Pens

Postby Jan K » Sun Sep 23, 2007 11:16 am

Thank you for kind words. Enjoy some more of the Orange Sea Pens.

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Re: Striped nudibranch

Postby Chris » Fri Sep 21, 2007 8:11 pm

Jan K wrote:OK I have to admit that when it comes to nudibranchs, it is always love at first sight ...
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Beautiful.. reminds me of my feeling of being on another planet when I'm down there.

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Postby LCF » Fri Sep 21, 2007 6:27 pm

Jan, I have loved your pages since I first found them, but those Golden Dirona shots may be some of the most incredibly sharp and colorful I've seen yet.

Although you really won my heart with that sea pen/striped nudibranch picture. I love the big sea pens -- They are so delicate and soft, and so vividly orange. Yours stand out so beautifully against the dark water background. That's just a stunning picture.

It is simply a crime that these aren't collected somewhere in full size, for people to leaf through and marvel at.
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Postby Jan K » Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:29 pm

Thanks Nailer for saving me, that depth rapture is a terrible thing, after all, I am a married man! #-o

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Postby Joshua Smith » Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:21 pm

JAN! PUT YOUR REG BACK IN YOUR MOUTH! YOU'RE JUST NARC'ED!!!
THAT NUDI DOESN'T LIKE YOU "THAT WAY!"

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Postby Joshua Smith » Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:15 pm

John Rawlings wrote:Simply gorgeous work, Jan, as always! I'm SO glad that you share your art with us here!

- John


Ditto. I must say, I'm no genius when it comes to identifying life forms underwater, but more than half of the ones I can ID, I learned from this thread right here. I love your work, and your playfull sense of humor, Jan! Thanks for sharing it with us!
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Golden Dirona

Postby Jan K » Fri Sep 21, 2007 4:50 pm

Finally found Golden Dirona on Whidbey Island. Always happy to add another critter to my list of locals. \:D/

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Postby LCF » Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:08 pm

Oh, glad to see you went and tried the dive there! Those are amazing fields of sea pens, aren't they?
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Striped nudibranch

Postby Jan K » Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:51 pm

OK I have to admit that when it comes to nudibranchs, it is always love at first sight ...

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Postby Tom Nic » Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:04 pm

Ah, were all our Sundays slow ones... and as beautiful as yours!

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Painted anemone

Postby Jan K » Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:50 pm

It was a slow Sunday for me at the Keystone Jetty ...

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Canary Rockfish

Postby Jan K » Sat Sep 15, 2007 11:00 am

I went back to Keystone and tried to get some more pictures of the new inhabitants there, the Canaries did not want to cooperate - got more of the infamous TAIL photos :bootyshake:

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Canary Rockfish

Postby Jan K » Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:59 am

I went back to Keystone and tried to get some more pictures of the new inhabitants there, the Canaries did not want to cooperate - got more of the infamous TAIL photos :bootyshake:

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Bladderclam

Postby Jan K » Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:00 pm

From the fishes to clams. And tunicates. The fight for space and dominance in the rich habitat Keystone Jetty provides, there are some critters which are not as spectacular and colorful like some of the fish there, but I find them interesting, nevertheless. Presenting a Bladderclam versus White Glove Leather :axe:

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and fight with Lobed tunicate:
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Postby LCF » Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:08 am

Yes, this thread is one I open every time I come here, to see if Jan has added anything new!
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Postby Tom Nic » Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:48 am

John Rawlings wrote:Simply gorgeous work, Jan, as always! I'm SO glad that you share your art with us here!

- John


Agreed! :prayer: I find myself eagerly awaiting each new installment. Beauty is good for the soul, and you take beautiful pictures of beautiful stuff then do beautiful (and usually humorous) things with them!

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Postby Jan K » Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:41 am

Thank you John. As this last posting shows, I gain from posting too, as my critter ID need some help at times #-o
So here is work in progress - the sometimes look alike Rockfish ..
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Postby John Rawlings » Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:42 am

Simply gorgeous work, Jan, as always! I'm SO glad that you share your art with us here!

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