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Bladderclam

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:00 pm
by Jan K
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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Canary Rockfish

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:59 am
by Jan K
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

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 11:00 am
by Jan K
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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Painted anemone

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:50 pm
by Jan K
It was a slow Sunday for me at the Keystone Jetty ...

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Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:04 pm
by Tom Nic
Ah, were all our Sundays slow ones... and as beautiful as yours!

-Tom

Striped nudibranch

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:51 pm
by Jan K
OK I have to admit that when it comes to nudibranchs, it is always love at first sight ...

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Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:08 pm
by LCF
Oh, glad to see you went and tried the dive there! Those are amazing fields of sea pens, aren't they?

Golden Dirona

Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 4:50 pm
by Jan K
Finally found Golden Dirona on Whidbey Island. Always happy to add another critter to my list of locals. \:D/

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Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:15 pm
by Joshua Smith
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!

Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:21 pm
by Joshua Smith
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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Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:29 pm
by Jan K
Thanks Nailer for saving me, that depth rapture is a terrible thing, after all, I am a married man! #-o

Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 6:27 pm
by LCF
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.

Re: Striped nudibranch

Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 8:11 pm
by Chris
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.

More Sea Pens

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 11:16 am
by Jan K
Thank you for kind words. Enjoy some more of the Orange Sea Pens.

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Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 11:23 am
by John Rawlings
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

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 11:26 am
by Grateful Diver
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)

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 12:09 pm
by Jan K
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..

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 12:10 pm
by Jan K
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 ...
... Bob (Grateful Diver)


if the printing wasn't so expensive - ](*,)

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 2:46 pm
by Sounder
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)!

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 5:06 pm
by LCF
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?

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:21 am
by GillyWeed
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!!

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:14 am
by Tom Nic
Sounder wrote: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)!


That is an awesome idea!

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:59 pm
by Jan K
Diver Jan doll? You guys try to scare little children with something which looks like me ? :pale:
Seriously, I really appreciate your ideas and suggestions, maybe, just maybe with all the collective wisdom here, solution can be found. Thank you very much..

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 3:23 pm
by spatman
there are a couple of companies that offer on demand printing. i think the author creates the layout, then the books are printed as they're ordered.

i've heard this company mentioned a couple times:

http://www.lulu.com/

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 8:37 pm
by gomi_otaku
That the book would be "obsolete" as soon as it is printed is not a problem- it encourages people to buy Book II!! And I can't say that it would ever be "obsolete" given the artistic value and the ID value. How old is Whelks to Whales, Eastern Pacific Nudibranchs, or MLOTPNW?
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