Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by Jan K » Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:22 am

Tom Nic wrote:Another day... navigating the "new" site is a bit of a challenge when you dont' have time to familiarize yourself with it.

I'm not going to try and post more pics until I figure out why the ones above aren't showing... I'm sure the reason is somewhere on the board, I just don't have time to find it. If anyone cares enough to take the time to enlighten me I'll be grateful!

...OK, where's my sunscreen... ](*,)


Good show guys - can't wait to see more pictures..
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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by Tom Nic » Fri Feb 29, 2008 6:04 pm

Do we know why Flickr pictures aren't posting?

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OK, apparently the HTML linkage on Flickr doesn't work, but you can use img tags to post the picture. Rich clued me in below... but it would have helped if you said something! :axe: :prayer:

Check out this link for the latest pics that we've been able to upload.
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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by Tom Nic » Sat Mar 01, 2008 5:45 am

OK, finally got it figured out. Apparently the html is disabled on the board, however, Rich sent me on a detective journey and I finally figured out that the image linking feature does work. :book: Sheesh... about time! #-o (Thanks Rich!)

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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by BbbleMkr » Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:09 am

Rich may work in mysterious ways, but he works!

Pics and stories have made my day. I'm so tired of snow and ice....

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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by Tom Nic » Sat Mar 01, 2008 5:36 pm

Anybody guess what this is? :rr:

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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by airsix » Sat Mar 01, 2008 5:53 pm

Hey guys, thanks for keeping a steady flow of pictures coming. Every time I check Tom's flicker gallery there's more treats. I love it.
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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by spatman » Sat Mar 01, 2008 6:41 pm

Tom Nic wrote:Anybody guess what this is? :rr:


a macro shot of sounder's backside after too many pina coladas and nude sunbathing?


:bootyshake:
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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by Ken G » Sat Mar 01, 2008 6:52 pm

Tom Nic wrote:Anybody guess what this is? :rr:

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Rain on the surface?

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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by Tom Nic » Sun Mar 02, 2008 3:21 am

:wav:
Ding ding ding ding ding!! Give the man a prize! :smt038

(Although I bet you "cheated" cause you've probably seen it when you were here.)

Sounder and I were coming up from a great dive at Windsock when this cloudburst hit. The effect, visually and aurally (sp?) was just delightful. Got some pretty cool video of it as well. The combination of the rain, high wind and waves just made the surface dance! \:D/ One of life's delightful things that as I think about it, how many people actually get to see? Perhaps not as rare as the top of Everest, but I am grateful... :prayer:

Here's your prize, a cooperative little moray from the dive!

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We're headed north to Washington Slagbaii Park today!
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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by cardiver » Sun Mar 02, 2008 7:23 am

Are you using your new strobe, Tom?
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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by Tom Nic » Sun Mar 02, 2008 10:40 am

Nope. It's a bust. :angryfire: At least the way my camera arm is configured. The sensor on the TTL flash is on the bottom front of the strobe, meaning that the best place for the strobe is directly over the camera, which doesn't work well IMO for elimination of backscatter, and I can't even get it to fire consistently. Not happy about that :axe: but Bonaire is awesome so I will not let it get me down! \:D/ Hopefully I can return it.
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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by spatman » Sun Mar 02, 2008 10:48 am

Tom Nic wrote:Nope. It's a bust. :angryfire: At least the way my camera arm is configured. The sensor on the TTL flash is on the bottom front of the strobe, meaning that the best place for the strobe is directly over the camera, which doesn't work well IMO for elimination of backscatter, and I can't even get it to fire consistently. Not happy about that :axe: but Bonaire is awesome so I will not let it get me down! \:D/ Hopefully I can return it.


what kind of strobe did you get, tom?
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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by Sounder » Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:15 am

spatman wrote:
Tom Nic wrote:Anybody guess what this is? :rr:


a macro shot of sounder's backside after too many pina coladas and nude sunbathing?


:bootyshake:


Hey Spatman - Kiss my ASS!!!

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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by Tom Nic » Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:22 am

spatman wrote:what kind of strobe did you get, tom?


Olympus UFL-1

(BTW, I think you should resuscribe to this thread... Stop the war between you and Sounder before the big guns come out!) :naka:
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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by spatman » Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:53 am

Tom Nic wrote:(BTW, I think you should resuscribe to this thread... Stop the war between you and Sounder before the big guns come out!) :naka:


i'm sure sounder knows it's all in jest. (uh, right, sounder?)


.. and hey, sounder:

nice ASS!!

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Hey Spatman - Kiss my ASS!!!

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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by Sounder » Sun Mar 02, 2008 12:02 pm

spatman wrote:
Tom Nic wrote:(BTW, I think you should resuscribe to this thread... Stop the war between you and Sounder before the big guns come out!) :naka:


i'm sure sounder knows it's all in jest. (uh, right, sounder?)


.. and hey, sounder:

nice ASS!!

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Hey Spatman - Kiss my ASS!!!

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Uh, thanks. Just wait until you see the other "wild ass" Tom and I came across yesterday. We'd post it now, but surface interval is over... time to get wet again.
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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by Tom Nic » Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:46 pm

Ok, time to turn this conversation away from... ahem... the asses we saw, to the reason we came, diving! \:D/

There's so much to report, that I just don't have the time, so I'll give it in bite size pieces. After much searching we finally found a nice little yellow frogfish, and monster green moray easily 7'-8' long, and last but not least a nice whitish, pinkish sea horse. Following are a few pics of the moray and the sea horse.

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This guy was HUGE... by far the largest one I've ever seen. To get the above shot we had to poke way back under a boat where he lives at 96 fsw. The thought crosses your mind as you're back there, "Gee, I hope he's not in a bad mood, cause there ain't nowhere to go if he comes at me..." Here's his backside...

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This guy was about 4-5 inches long, and no doubt got tired of the darn dive paparazzi before we finally headed up to our safety stop! We were pretty psyched.

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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by spatman » Sun Mar 02, 2008 7:37 pm

that seahorse is awesome, tom. great find! :supz:
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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by Sounder » Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:09 am

spatman wrote:that seahorse is awesome, tom. great find! :supz:


It was really cool to see one in the "wild." It was also the last critter I needed to check-off on my "list of cool critters I really want to see while in Bonaire." What a special treat.

Yesterday evening we dove a site that we'd been to before, but we entered the water just as the sun was setting... our hope was to catch "shift change." We did, but it wasn't like shift change in other parts of the island... all the fish start schooling and gathering close as if to prepare for the soon-to-arrive "Tarpon Doom" and then all these fish start disappearing one by one until the reef quiet and motionless. About half-way into this exodus to hiding the tarpon show up... at first they appear to only be looking for sick or injured fish (while there's still a little ambient light) because they're not nearly as aggressive, but then once the sun is really gone they go into "hunter mode." Perhaps they're just surveying their delicious meal before they eat it - I have no idea. Bottom line, these are the apex predators of Bonaire... and they put on quite a show.

An hour later we're surfacing into surge, waves, and uneven ground, carefully avoiding fire coral and scorpion fish, and eventually make it to the truck. All is dark except for the radio towers, the stars, and the town in the distance. A great way to end another amazing day.
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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by Tom Nic » Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:19 am

Can you see me?

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How about now?

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Little yellow froggy that we searched for for so long! \:D/
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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by Tom Nic » Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:25 am

(Sounder posting on Tom's computer):

He was glad that Rachel wasn't diving with us - his anal fins were safe with Tom and I!! :hello2:
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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by Ken G » Mon Mar 03, 2008 7:30 am

Love the Frogfish Tom. Keep them coming

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Re: Tom Nic & Sounder's Excellent Adventure...

Post by Tom Nic » Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:25 pm

There is much beauty in small things... if you take the time to stop and look close. The beauty gives me an awe and a joy that's hard to describe...

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