OK uhh, not really sure where to begin with this one. I saw this P.Y.T. (sarcasm alert) after asking our driver to stop for a photo opportunity. This diva was just laying out there in a freakishly modelesque manner and I had to take a picture of it.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Taken in Central Bali, this photo is about when I kinda started freaking out how amazingly beautiful the world was. I wish I could've got the exposures a bit better but it was hard with the shadow cast on the lower portion of the foothill. Did my best with a Sing Ray graduated neutral density filter.
Sorry for the lack of updates, I kinda got lazy and decided not to add these pictures to the blog. I took this photo in Bali. It seems like people make offerings every day to either leave outside of their doors or in miniature shrines like this one.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I woke up this morning to my dad banging on my door telling me to get my camera gear. Grumbling and rolling out of bed, I put on a t-shirt, grabbed my camera bag, and walked outside to the beach where I took this.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
We did a decent amount of hiking in Bali. I really never expected to see waterfalls with such little human influences present. Completely untainted with the exception of a dirt trail, this waterfall was well worth the trek.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
This is my dad. He's pretty much me in 39 years. At the age of 60, he still surprises me with the things he does. Mountain biking, scuba diving, + the fact he can probably still kick my ass... I can't say that I'm not proud.
Refer to photo #107 if you don't understand this post.
So this is #107's mom... She wasn't too happy her child was getting pissed off because of me and I'll just say that I took this while running away from this BAMF haha.
Monkeys are seriously the funnest things to photograph. It's really freaky how much emotion they can portray in their facial expressions. I had a chance to photograph lots of the monkeys that roam all over Indonesia this trip and it's really been a pleasure.
P.S. I missed you Iris :]
Monday, June 28, 2010
I really never expected to see the sights I saw on this trip. I've been lucky enough to travel a large portion of the world in search of pristine reefs and exotic sea life but I don't think much of what I've previously seen stands up to this trips sights and experiences. I've been to Manado once before and definitely thought it was one of the earth's greatest hidden gems in terms of diving already but had never been blessed to see the elusive and seemingly royal Napoleon fish as large as I had seen this trip. It's always somewhat of an unreal and unsettling feeling watching big fish (big as in bigger than you) swimming towards you 60ft or so underwater. I was blessed this trip to come across 2 pairs of Napoleon fish (Napoleon fish apparently stay with its mate for its entire life). The first pair was really quite startling, just about the size of 1/3rd a honda fit and 124lbs each I suppose my slight anxiety was warranted. The fish seem to almost swim with a sense of pride as they glide past turning to glance at the 7 divers in our group. It was really an amazing experience as it is quite rare to see them at such sizes with the poaching problem iin the area. We saw these fish on 2 seperate dives with the second pair being much smaller. As I stated earlier, seeing big fish is always an interesting experience.
On a later dive I was able to swim in what looked like a cloud of fish. You'd be amazed at how disorienting it can be when everything around you is in constant motion. I was really disoriented when the entire school shifted suddenly and below me was a black tipped shark larger than any I've ever seen. Sharks generally don't bring out such a sense of panic as they've mostly been small and never really hang around but this one was different-it was huge. Around 5 or 6ft long, it was definitely one of those OH SH%T! moments. Luckily, as fast as I saw it coming at us it left in the same fashion. The green sea turtle also being a native species to the region, I was lucky enough to have seen not one, but 4 this trip.
I keep saying over and over how lucky this trip has been but I really can't emphasize how rare it is to see such uncommon and really just spectacular sights none the less see this many in a row. We came across a few sea turtles as previously stated this trip but one definitely stands out. I can't fathom how old this one must've been. We were able to catch a glimpse of a smaller turtle earlier in our dive and followed it around a bend in the wall which were were exploring. As we lost our line of sight with the first turtle, our dive master held his arms out as if there was something massive just around the bend. What I was about to experience was pretty much what can be best described as unbelieveable even to me so I'm expecting some "pic's or it didn't happen" thoughts running through your heads. My father and I swam around the bend and sleeping as if it had little or no concerns was a turtle roughly 4.5ft long, 3ft wide, and 1.5ft thick and was probably around 500lbs. As if this wasn't spectacular enough, the divemaster decided it would be a good idea to awaken the behemoth (no idea... Don't even ask). Awoken from its slumber it left its nook in the reef and swam into the open waters. Immature as I am, I couldn't resist but hold on to its massive shell as it swam away and yeah-I can say I rode on the back of a giant sea turtle before 60ft underwater now.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
We started off our stay in Northern Bali exploring numerous Balinese temples and shrines along with my father and I's seemingly endless search for picturesque sawas. 3 days into our stay, our first scheduled dive of the trip had finally arrived and it was, well, an experience. My day began with the sound of my dad banging on my villa door telling to grab my camera and filter's in a hurry to shoot the sunrise. You don't really ever see sights like that back home. Local fisherman up before dawn to cast their nets into the depths in hope of making their daily catch to sell, things just move at a slower pace here. We had a light breakfast of fried rice (which is pretty much all I've eaten every morning for the last 9 days) and headed for the dive center where we would take a 45 minute boat ride to Menjangang Island where we had 2 dives planned. Our boat was newer looking and quite large which was initially quite the relief. The four of us, along with 12 others, now headed for the first dive site had little idea of what was in store for us in the next few hours.
Diving in Indonesia is always quite the experience. You can't find color and ocean life like that at home that's for sure. The first dive went well and we docked on the island for the required break between dives to prevent the dreaded NITROGEN NARCOSIS (cue omnious music) which is basically caused by nitrogen bubbles boiling out of your blood and blocking veins resulting in a handfull of bad things to happen, along with a light meal of, you guessed it, fried rice FML. We boarded the boat following the break and meal then headed for our second dive location. We got our suits back on and changed our air cylinders since we were about 5 minutes away until the unimaginable happened. Ok, what I'm about to write about is going to sound really farfetched but bear with me as its all factual. Going back to the story, just as I got one leg in my suit I noticed the water level rising along the boats sides but didn't really think anything of it. Continueing on the divemasters asked us all to move the front of the ship to possibly alleviate the overburdened rear. The problem ony got worse. The boat took in more water and the inevitable order to abandon ship was called. I thought it was a joke until I saw my brother jump as well. Luckily we were only about 75 to 100 meters from shore and the swim wasn't too bad save for my panicking mother who I had to return for after swimming 3/4ths of the way to shore. The captain stayed with the ship and steered it to shore where its engines fully flooded and hull rested on the coral below. We now raced to move the 30 or so air cylinders and assortment of other equipment to traditional fishing boats who came to our aid. We were then split into smaller groups and were ferried to mainland Bali where our adventure ended for the day. What an experience.
The following day, failing to learn our lesson, my father, brother, and myself decided to go ahead with the planned dives. These dive's luckily didn't include the unplanned "wreck dive" that we experienced the day prior.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Wow, what a long drive. Although the island is only 80km tall and 140km wide it took about 4 hours to go from south Bali to the North Western section of Pumeteran, which translates to twisty or to turn in Indonesian. With a few photo stops here and there, I really started appreciating the island of Bali more than I ever have although this would be my fifth time here. We passed a few of Bali's large inland lakes and was able to see the sunset on a bluff overlooking the lake and villages below. I really can't wait to post process and upload the pictures from this trip. After a long and pretty incredible drive, I'm finally at our hotel that can be best described as, well, down to earth yet aesthetically pleasing. It's an semi-open air villa with an outdoor shower and I fear that I will be consumed by mosquitos tonight. This possibly being my final post prior to catching malaria, I have to admit I am plagued by the bittersweet effects of homesickness. Although that's not to say I'm not enjoying my vacation, I can't say that I don't miss certain aspects and person(s).
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Saw some pretty old slides taken in Moorea in the French Polynesia and thought to myself man that would be nice right about now. Realized how convenient going digital was lol. Screw developing slides.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Had a pretty good night. "Haven't seen you in a minute" status x 1000 with so many people haha. Put a lot of dumb beef behind me and long story short had a pretty good time party fouling, getting owned, dancing, and falling asleep with the clothes I wore the whole day only to wake up wondering lolwut.
p.s. I don't remember taking this photo but I guess it works out haha.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Was a pretty long day lol. Fell asleep the night before at around 3:30am trying to finish a lab report, woke up at 9:30 to go boarding (for what I'm assuming is the last day of the season) with Sicat, met up with Barret and Ryan, met up with Rachelle B. at Best Buy and drove to Korea house for some bomb KBBQ, went to the most depressing lab ever with an epic food coma, met up with Rachelle and Sicat again to kick off thirsty Thursday, went to the biggest best buy gathering I've ever seen and had a few drinks at the bar, bowled, thought it would be a good idea to settle our drunchies with Guppy House in aZn town, realized they closed at 1 instead of 2:30, and drove to Wienerschnitzel for some bomb munchies where I got this picture ha.
I promise I wont take anymore drunken Blackberry photos haha.
Obligatory pictures of said KBBQ