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March 2005

Lemon Shark Photo, Northern Bahamas

Bahamas, Sharks, Underwater Photography, Wildlife

On our recent trip to the Northern Bahamas in search of sharks, we encountered lots of lemon sharks (Negaprion brevirostris) alongside the tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier). The lemon sharks were comfortable coming in for a close look and afforded literally hundreds of good photo opportunities on a single 90 minute dive. Some of the lemons were accompanied by up to a dozen live sharksuckers (Echeneis naucrates), a type of remora. Once in a while one of the sharksuckers would peel of its lemon shark host and swim around us for a while. After a while we began to ignore the lemons in an effort to keep our eyes on the considerably more impressive tiger sharks. Here are a few shots of the lemons:

Lemon shark with live sharksuckers, Negaprion brevirostris, Echeneis naucrates

Lemon shark with live sharksuckers.
Image ID: 10752
Species: Lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris, Echeneis naucrates
Location: Bahamas

Lemon shark with live sharksuckers, Negaprion brevirostris, Echeneis naucrates

Lemon shark with live sharksuckers.
Image ID: 10753
Species: Lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris, Echeneis naucrates
Location: Bahamas

Lemon shark with live sharksuckers, Negaprion brevirostris, Echeneis naucrates

Lemon shark with live sharksuckers.
Image ID: 10754
Species: Lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris, Echeneis naucrates
Location: Bahamas

Lemon shark with live sharksuckers, Negaprion brevirostris, Echeneis naucrates

Lemon shark with live sharksuckers.
Image ID: 10756
Species: Lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris, Echeneis naucrates
Location: Bahamas

Lemon shark with live sharksuckers, Negaprion brevirostris, Echeneis naucrates

Lemon shark with live sharksuckers.
Image ID: 10757
Species: Lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris, Echeneis naucrates
Location: Bahamas

Lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris

Lemon shark.
Image ID: 10758
Species: Lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris
Location: Bahamas

Lemon shark and photographer Jim Abernethy, Negaprion brevirostris

Lemon shark and photographer Jim Abernethy.
Image ID: 10760
Species: Lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris
Location: Bahamas

Keywords: lemon shark photo, Negaprion brevirostris, Northern Bahamas, lemon sharks, lemon shark pictures, unde

Red Barrel Cactus Photos, Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Cactus, California, Desert, Wildflowers

Thanks to John Dougherty for kindly helping us to correctly identify a number of flowering plants from recent visits to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. One of our favorite subjects was the Red Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus cylindraceus) which were just beginning to show their blooms.

Barrel cactus, brittlebush and wildflowers color the sides of Glorietta Canyon.  Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months, Ferocactus cylindraceus, Encelia farinosa, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Anza Borrego, California

Barrel cactus, brittlebush and wildflowers color the sides of Glorietta Canyon. Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months.
Image ID: 10899
Species: Red barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus, Encelia farinosa
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Anza Borrego, California, USA

Barrel cactus, Glorietta Canyon.  Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months, Ferocactus cylindraceus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Anza Borrego, California

Barrel cactus, Glorietta Canyon. Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months.
Image ID: 10906
Species: Red barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Anza Borrego, California, USA

Barrel cactus, Glorietta Canyon.  Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months, Ferocactus cylindraceus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Anza Borrego, California

Barrel cactus, Glorietta Canyon. Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months.
Image ID: 10905
Species: Red barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Anza Borrego, California, USA

Barrel cactus, brittlebush, ocotillo and wildflowers color the sides of Glorietta Canyon.  Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months, Ferocactus cylindraceus, Encelia farinosa, Fouquieria splendens, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Anza Borrego, California

Barrel cactus, brittlebush, ocotillo and wildflowers color the sides of Glorietta Canyon. Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months.
Image ID: 10919
Species: Red barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus, Encelia farinosa, Fouquieria splendens
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Anza Borrego, California, USA

Keywords: barrel cactus photo, flowering cactus, cacti, red barrel cactus, ferocactus, desert Anza-Borrego desert state park.

Canyon Sunrise, Anza Borrego Desert State Park

California, Desert, Wildflowers

Anza Borrego Desert State Park is currently experiencing an epic, once-in-a-lifetime bloom of desert wildflowers, bushes and cacti. The sand verbena and desert primrose flowers that had covered the valley floor so spectacularly in places in February seem to be receding or largely gone, replaced with poppies and lupine. However, the principal attraction now is a profusion of brittlebush filling the canyons and coloring the hillsides on the east side of the valley with yellow. The slopes along the Montezuma Grade leading down to Borrego Springs from the west are bright with brittlebush, so that they appear entirely yellow and green from afar. The density of brittlebush continues down toward the valley and into the canyons, washes and alluvial fans. Barrel and cholla cactus and ocotillo are just now beginning to bloom, so desert color in Anza Borrego should continue to improve for at least a few more weeks. There are many small assorted flowers still, along with caterpillers (munching the flowers) and butterflies. The following is a blended exposure shot at sunrise, composed of three images blended to account for the extreme range of light that neither film nor digital sensor can adequately capture in a single exposure:

Brittlebush, ocotillo and various cacti and wildflowers color the sides of Glorietta Canyon.  Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months, Encelia farinosa, Fouquieria splendens, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Anza Borrego, California

Brittlebush, ocotillo and various cacti and wildflowers color the sides of Glorietta Canyon. Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months.
Image ID: 10895
Species: Brittlebush, Encelia farinosa, Fouquieria splendens
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Anza Borrego, California, USA

See all the photos from this shoot.

Keywords: Anza Borrego Desert State Park, photo, photographs, wildflower.

California Sea Lions, Baja California

Islas Coronado, Mexico, Sea Lion

Each winter California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) gather in the hundreds on the rock slopes of North Coronado Island, just south of the US/Mexico border. The bottom diving is unremarkable here the remainder of the year, but when the sea lions are gathered in such numbers it is worth making the short boat trip for a dive with them.

California sea lions, hauled out at rookery/colony, Baja California, Zalophus californianus

California sea lions, hauled out at rookery/colony, Baja California.
Image ID: 05042
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus

Keywords: California sea lion photo, rookery, colony, Zalophus californianus, Coronado Islands, Islas Coronado.

Tiger Shark and Keith Grundy, Northern Bahamas

Bahamas, Sharks, Underwater Photography

We recently spent 8 days on the MV Shearwater in the Northern Bahamas, in search of various species of sharks to swim with and photograph. The most impressive of the ones we encountered were the tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier). They ranged in size from 9 feet to perhaps 14 feet, big enough to be quite intimidating. One large one in particular made a good photo subject as it was willing to approach the divers closely. Here is underwater photographer Keith Grundy being treated to a close look at a 13 foot tiger shark that Shearwater skipper and owner Jim Abernethy named “Emma”:

Tiger shark and photographer Keith Grundy, Galeocerdo cuvier

Tiger shark and photographer Keith Grundy.
Image ID: 10649
Species: Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier
Location: Bahamas

Keywords: tiger shark photo, Keith Grundy, Bahamas, underwater photograph, Caleocerdo cuvier.

Linanthus Dianthiflorus, Batiquitos Lagoon

Wildflowers

We found a great spread of Linanthus dianthiflorusin a small canyon leading off of Batiquitos Lagoon in South Carlsbad:

Ground pink blooms in spring, Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad, Linanthus dianthiflorus

Ground pink blooms in spring, Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad.
Image ID: 11486
Species: Ground pink, Linanthus dianthiflorus
Location: Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad, California, USA

Ground pink blooms in spring, Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad, Linanthus dianthiflorus

Ground pink blooms in spring, Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad.
Image ID: 11489
Species: Ground pink, Linanthus dianthiflorus
Location: Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad, California, USA

Photo of Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park

Icons, National Parks, Wyoming, Yellowstone

Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park is such an icon that photos of it have become cliche. It is the most accessible and watched of all the geysers in the park. However, it is still a wonderful sight to behold regardless of how many people have seen it before or how many are standing next to you viewing it now. We awoke early one morning, just after dawn, and strolled 50 yards from our room at the Old Faithful Inn to have this clear, early morning view of Old Faithful geyser erupting at first light. There were perhaps 10 other people sharing the view with us, a refreshing change from the hundreds that gather later in the day.

Old Faithful geyser, peak eruption, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Old Faithful geyser, peak eruption.
Image ID: 07179
Location: Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Keywords: Old Faithful Geyser photo, Yellowstone National Park, photograph, picture, erupting, eruption, steam.

Butterfly Cove at Sunrise, Guadalupe Island

Guadalupe Island, Mexico

The evening anchorage at the south end of Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) is Melpomene Bay. Early in the morning we raise anchor and move to take a look at the water conditions at nearby Isla Adentro, Isla Afuera and Church Rock. On this morning, none of those spots offered us what we were looking for, so we motored around the southeastern corner of the island to dive at Abalone Point. As we passed by the morro and cliffs above Butterfly Cove, the sun cleared the horizon and hit the island with a rich golden light.

East face and shoreline of southernmost morro, daybreak, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)

East face and shoreline of southernmost morro, daybreak.
Image ID: 06152
Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico

Keywords: Isla Guadalupe, Guadalupe Island, Mexico, photo, photograph, sunrise, Butterfly Cove, Westies.

Photos of Boat Strikes of Marine Animals

Environmental Problems, Humpback Whale, Marine Life, Ocean Sunfish

Boat strikes of marine animals are increasingly common, for obvious reasons. It is disappointing to observe a marine animal severely or mortally wounded by a collision with a boat. We have encountered several marine animals bearing unmistakable boat propeller scars:

North Pacific humpback whale showing extensive scarring, almost certainly from a boat propeller, on dorsal ridge, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui

North Pacific humpback whale showing extensive scarring, almost certainly from a boat propeller, on dorsal ridge.
Image ID: 05910
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA

Ocean sunfish injured by boat prop with cleaner fishes, open ocean, Baja California, Mola mola

Ocean sunfish injured by boat prop with cleaner fishes, open ocean, Baja California.
Image ID: 06410
Species: Ocean sunfish, Mola mola

West Indian manatee, Trichechus manatus, Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River, Florida

West Indian manatee.
Image ID: 02651
Species: West Indian manatee, Trichechus manatus
Location: Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River, Florida, USA

Gray whale dorsal aspect showing injury/wound/indentation likely caused by boat, Laguna San Ignacio, Eschrichtius robustus, San Ignacio Lagoon

Gray whale dorsal aspect showing injury/wound/indentation likely caused by boat, Laguna San Ignacio.
Image ID: 06426
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California, Mexico

See more boat strike and propeller scar photos.

Keywords: propeller scar photo, boat strike, injury, photograph, boat collision.

The humpback whale photograph was taken during Hawaii Whale Research Foundation research activities conducted under provisions of NOAA / NMFS and State of Hawaii scientific research permits.<

Photos of Batiquitos Lagoon in Spring

California, Carlsbad, Wildflowers

Batiquitos Lagoon, bordering Carlsbad and La Costa in northern San Diego County, is experiencing a fantastic display of spring flowers and plants. The hills bordering the lagoon are as verdant as we can ever recall seeing them, covered with lots of yellow flowers and deep green foliage. Now is a good time to check out any of the lagoons in north county. For more information: Batiquitos Lagoon, San Elijo Lagoon, Aqua Hedionda Lagoon, and San Dieguito Lagoon.

Keywords: Batiquitos lagoon photos, wildflowers, spring, photograph.