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February 2012

Panamic Green Moray Eel

Marine Life, Mexico, Sea of Cortez, Underwater Life, Underwater Photography

Photo of Panamic Green Moray Eel, Gymnothorax castaneus

While I was in Mexico’s beautiful Sea of Cortez doing some diving last November, I spent time photographing the Panamic Green Moray eels (Gymnothorax castaneus). These eels are quite common, often found underneath large boulders and overhangs. They are typically content to remain in their holes, extending just their heads outside, but once in a while they will swim freely across the reef and only then is their large size easily seen. These are big eels!

Panamic Green Moray Eel, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, Gymnothorax castaneus

Panamic Green Moray Eel, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico.
Image ID: 27466
Species: Panamic Green Moray Eell, Gymnothorax castaneus
Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Los Islotes, Espiritu Santo Biosphere Reserve, Baja California, Mexico

Sea Lion, Sea of Cortez, Underwater Life, Underwater Photography

Los Islotes is a small island at the northern end of Isla Espiritu Santo, near La Paz in the Sea of Cortez. Espiritu Santo Island and Partida Island are two beautiful desert islands, scalloped with gorgeous white sand beaches. Bird nest on their rugged slopes, and cardon cacti grow in abundance. All three of these islands are part of the Espiritu Santo Biosphere Reserve, named a UNESCO Biosphere due to the area’s biodiversity and beauty. I have had the good fortune to cruise along both shores of Espiritu Santo and Partida but most of my time has been spent at Isla Los Islotes, diving and relaxing. These waters are full of many Sea of Cortez fishes, and Los Islotes itself is home to a renowned colony of California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus). I am a real lover of sea lions and fur seals, and spend as much time diving with them as I can, so when I am at Los Islotes I basically ignore all else and just enjoy my time with these gregarious and charming animals. Here are a few recent photos of Los Islotes, the sea lions, Isla Partida and Isla Espiritu Santo. Thanks for looking!

California sea lion underwater, Zalophus californianus, Sea of Cortez

California sea lion underwater.
Image ID: 27424
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Los Islotes Island, Espiritu Santo Biosphere Reserve, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Los Islotes Island, Espiritu Santo Biosphere Reserve, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico.
Image ID: 27364
Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Yellow-tailed surgeonfish schooling, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, Prionurus laticlavius

Yellow-tailed surgeonfish schooling, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico.
Image ID: 27564
Species: Yellow-tailed surgeonfish, Prionurus laticlavius
Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Isla Partida, Sea of Cortez coastal scenic panorama, near La Paz, Baja California, Mexico, part of the Espiritu Santo Biosphere Reserve

Isla Partida, Sea of Cortez coastal scenic panorama, near La Paz, Baja California, Mexico, part of the Espiritu Santo Biosphere Reserve.
Image ID: 27358
Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Plus One Collection

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Plus One Collection Limited Edition Book

The exciting new collaborative photography project Plus One Collection has just released its first Limited Edition portfolio. The best part is: the net profits from the Limited Edition Book go entirely to Kiva.org, which provides micro loans to entrepreneurs in all countries and cultures around the world. Kiva.org is really worth supportin. If you are not familiar with it, Kiva.org provides a new way for entrepreneurs to access the small amounts of financing they need to get their ideas to market, particularly in developing countries or turbulent areas of the globe! I contributed a single image to the collection (as did all of the participating photographers) and was fortunate to have my image chosen for the Limited Edition print book as well as the home page of the Plus One Collection website. Please take a look and, hopefully, consider purchasing a copy of the book. Remember, the Limited Edition print book is only available for purchase until February 20!

The Plus One Collection is built on the creative works of Google+ photography community and was spearheaded by photographer Ivan Makarov. I am proud to have contributed to the project, as well as purchased a copy of the Limited Edition print book. If you are a photographer, please consider connecting with me on Google+.

New Work – November 2011

New Work

I have posted a collection of newly released photographs from November 2011. Included are some dynamite blue whale underwater portraits including several just a few feet from my underwater camera housing, images of the Hotel Del Coronado, sunset and sunrise cityscapes of gorgeous San Diego, and new underwater images from the Sea of Cortez and Baja California peninsula. Below are a few, or you can see lots more in my New Work – November 2011 gallery. Thanks for looking!

California sea lion underwater, Zalophus californianus, Sea of Cortez

California sea lion underwater.
Image ID: 27423
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

San Diego harbor and skyline, viewed at sunset

San Diego harbor and skyline, viewed at sunset.
Image ID: 27146
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Finescale triggerfish underwater, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, Balistes polylepis

Finescale triggerfish underwater, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico.
Image ID: 27478
Species: Finescale triggerfish, Balistes polylepis
Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Reef with gorgonians and marine invertebrates, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Reef with gorgonians and marine invertebrates, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico.
Image ID: 27502
Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico