Sund Rock - 12/7/14

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Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by Scubie Doo » Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:08 pm

Well I have been traveling a lot for work and I have been in a bit of a photography/dive slump. Nothing in particular, just kind of a slump. Lots of shots and mediocre results. On Sunday, EJ and I hit Sund Rock (after the Colts game of course) for a late afternoon/night dive. The goal on dive #1 was to see the cloud sponges and hopefully get out of my slump with some decorated warbonnet shots. I have seen/photographed warbonnets, I have seen/photographed cloud sponges, but I have never photographed both together. I have seen beautiful shots of warbonnets in cloud sponges, and have always wanted to check it off my photography list. EJ and I headed to the cloud sponges and upon arrival, there were warbonnets everywhere. I counted 6 inside the sponges and another 2 laying out in the open. Definitely the most I have ever seen on one dive. Here are a few of my favorites, you can click to see all of the shots.

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On the second dive we hit the north wall and wreck. Found a cool stubby, octo, and wolfeels. Also saw millions of little squat lobsters (I know ScubaJess can appreciate that :-)

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BTW - After our first dive, two other divers said they saw a 6-8' six-gill on the south wall at 60'. Has anyone encountered six-gills in the hood canal? I don't remember hearing that, but wanted to run it by the forum.

Have an awesome week everyone!

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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by maelstrom » Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:02 pm

Those are really nice. I especially like the first one.

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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by ScubaJess » Mon Dec 08, 2014 8:18 pm

Wow amazing pictures!!!!
Decorated war bonnets in clouds sponges!! Man that's awesome!

All your photos are great & I love the squat lobster one!!! :popcorn:
Crazy about the shark! :pirate:

Thanks for letting me use your tank!
I just got it filled so I can get it back to you.

:) ScubaJess
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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by LCF » Mon Dec 08, 2014 8:35 pm

I haven't seen a squat lobster close-up in quite a while -- I always adore their "smiley faces".

That second warbonnet has quite the topknot!
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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by WylerBear » Mon Dec 08, 2014 8:43 pm

Six Gills have been common on and off in Hood Canal. Like everywhere else you have to be at the right place at the right time to see one. And there seem to be several sightings for awhile, then none for a long while.
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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by Tom Nic » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:12 pm

Wonderful shots of one of my favorite fish!

The teeth in the black and white shot give him such an interesting "expression"!
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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by YellowEye » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:13 pm

Scubie Doo wrote:Well I have been traveling a lot for work and I have been in a bit of a photography/dive slump. Nothing in particular, just kind of a slump. Lots of shots and mediocre results. On Sunday, EJ and I hit Sund Rock (after the Colts game of course) for a late afternoon/night dive. The goal on dive #1 was to see the cloud sponges and hopefully get out of my slump with some decorated warbonnet shots. I have seen/photographed warbonnets, I have seen/photographed cloud sponges, but I have never photographed both together. I have seen beautiful shots of warbonnets in cloud sponges, and have always wanted to check it off my photography list. EJ and I headed to the cloud sponges and upon arrival, there were warbonnets everywhere. I counted 6 inside the sponges and another 2 laying out in the open. Definitely the most I have ever seen on one dive. Here are a few of my favorites, you can click to see all of the shots.


Looks like you broke your dry spell! You got some epic shots! I like the first!

Where are the cloud sponges at that site? Sounds like warbonnet heaven!

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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by Scubie Doo » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:16 pm

maelstrom wrote:Those are really nice. I especially like the first one.

Hal


Thank you very much Hal!

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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by Scubie Doo » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:18 pm

ScubaJess wrote:Wow amazing pictures!!!!
Decorated war bonnets in clouds sponges!! Man that's awesome!

All your photos are great & I love the squat lobster one!!! :popcorn:
Crazy about the shark! :pirate:

Thanks for letting me use your tank!
I just got it filled so I can get it back to you.

:) ScubaJess


I knew you would like the squat lobster, thought of you when I posted it :)

Don't worry about the tank, keep using it and I'll get it back next time we dive together.

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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by Scubie Doo » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:19 pm

LCF wrote:I haven't seen a squat lobster close-up in quite a while -- I always adore their "smiley faces".

That second warbonnet has quite the topknot!


Thanks Lynne :) it warmed up, did you snap out of your cold weather dive funk???

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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by Scubie Doo » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:20 pm

Tom Nic wrote:Wonderful shots of one of my favorite fish!

The teeth in the black and white shot give him such an interesting "expression"!


Agreed Tom. I was so jazzed, love those warbonnets.

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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by Scubie Doo » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:21 pm

YellowEye wrote:
Scubie Doo wrote:Well I have been traveling a lot for work and I have been in a bit of a photography/dive slump. Nothing in particular, just kind of a slump. Lots of shots and mediocre results. On Sunday, EJ and I hit Sund Rock (after the Colts game of course) for a late afternoon/night dive. The goal on dive #1 was to see the cloud sponges and hopefully get out of my slump with some decorated warbonnet shots. I have seen/photographed warbonnets, I have seen/photographed cloud sponges, but I have never photographed both together. I have seen beautiful shots of warbonnets in cloud sponges, and have always wanted to check it off my photography list. EJ and I headed to the cloud sponges and upon arrival, there were warbonnets everywhere. I counted 6 inside the sponges and another 2 laying out in the open. Definitely the most I have ever seen on one dive. Here are a few of my favorites, you can click to see all of the shots.


Looks like you broke your dry spell! You got some epic shots! I like the first!

Where are the cloud sponges at that site? Sounds like warbonnet heaven!


Eric, thank you dude. I will pm you with the location. Don't want to "advertise" due to depth and how fragile they are.

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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by lynchpit2 » Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:29 am

Scubie, sending you a PM.

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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by LCF » Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:50 am

It may be warmer, but it's still dark and raining . . . and the traffic is always worse when it's wet :(. I need to snap out of it, but I'm leaving for MX in four days, so it looks like it will be January before I'm back in local water.
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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by KeithBoll » Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:42 pm

Impressive shots! I especially like the first two! Nice job, Jessie!

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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by Desert Diver » Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:52 pm

LCF wrote:It may be warmer, but it's still dark and raining . . . and the traffic is always worse when it's wet :(. I need to snap out of it, but I'm leaving for MX in four days, so it looks like it will be January before I'm back in local water.


You will get back from Mexico by January and we will land there Jan 6. Counting the days. You can play in your caves and we will explore the ocean. Have a good time.

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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by Scubie Doo » Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:49 pm

KeithBoll wrote:Impressive shots! I especially like the first two! Nice job, Jessie!


Thanks Keith, we need to dive again soon :)

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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by Scubie Doo » Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:50 pm

LCF wrote:It may be warmer, but it's still dark and raining . . . and the traffic is always worse when it's wet :(. I need to snap out of it, but I'm leaving for MX in four days, so it looks like it will be January before I'm back in local water.


Ok, let's dive when you return. Have an awesome trip :D

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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by Gdog » Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:06 pm

Awesome shots! Man, wish I coulda went with you guys. Nice work!

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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by Scubie Doo » Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:08 pm

Gdog wrote:Awesome shots! Man, wish I coulda went with you guys. Nice work!


Me too, we really missed you, what were you doing on Sunday Mr. Gdog that pulled you away from such a beautiful dive?

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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by YellowEye » Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:10 pm

Scubie Doo wrote:
Gdog wrote:Awesome shots! Man, wish I coulda went with you guys. Nice work!


Me too, we really missed you, what were you doing on Sunday Mr. Gdog that pulled you away from such a beautiful dive?


Hahaha. The wife was going to take him shopping.
Next time, bring her to Hoodsport, and log her into amazon.com at the hoodsport coffee co!

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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by Scubie Doo » Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:12 pm

YellowEye wrote:
Scubie Doo wrote:
Gdog wrote:Awesome shots! Man, wish I coulda went with you guys. Nice work!


Me too, we really missed you, what were you doing on Sunday Mr. Gdog that pulled you away from such a beautiful dive?


Hahaha. The wife was going to take him shopping.
Next time, bring her to Hoodsport, and log her into amazon.com at the hoodsport coffee co!


Eric, you weren't supposed to publicize the fact that George was at Victoria's Secret instead of at Sund Rock.

George, Arlene definitely owes you one :)

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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by Penopolypants » Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:11 pm

YellowEye wrote:
Scubie Doo wrote:
Gdog wrote:Awesome shots! Man, wish I coulda went with you guys. Nice work!


Me too, we really missed you, what were you doing on Sunday Mr. Gdog that pulled you away from such a beautiful dive?


Hahaha. The wife was going to take him shopping.
Next time, bring her to Hoodsport, and log her into amazon.com at the hoodsport coffee co!


Really, this is the only civilized way to do such things. :joshsmith:
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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by Gdog » Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:24 pm

Scubie Doo wrote:
Gdog wrote:Awesome shots! Man, wish I coulda went with you guys. Nice work!


Me too, we really missed you, what were you doing on Sunday Mr. Gdog that pulled you away from such a beautiful dive?


I had wife duty. As in get the christmas tree, put it up, go christmas shopping, ect.....

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Re: Sund Rock - 12/7/14

Post by Gdog » Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:26 pm

Scubie Doo wrote:
YellowEye wrote:
Scubie Doo wrote:
Gdog wrote:Awesome shots! Man, wish I coulda went with you guys. Nice work!


Me too, we really missed you, what were you doing on Sunday Mr. Gdog that pulled you away from such a beautiful dive?


Hahaha. The wife was going to take him shopping.
Next time, bring her to Hoodsport, and log her into amazon.com at the hoodsport coffee co!


Eric, you weren't supposed to publicize the fact that George was at Victoria's Secret instead of at Sund Rock.

George, Arlene definitely owes you one :)


Somehow Jesse, she doesnt seem to see it that way at all! It sounds like I still owe her!

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