Photo of the day!

September 28, 2012

WOW this would be amazing!

Photo accessed via Beautiful Planet Earth’s facebook page on 9/28/2012.


National Geographic Series at the Straz Center in Tampa

August 7, 2012

A few years ago I sat next to a guy on a flight who was traveling back from Indonesia to his home in Sarasota.  I don’t recall the exact flight we were on but I think it was somewhere around Los Angeles to Albuquerque, but it wasn’t to Tampa.  So it was somewhat of a coincidence that he lives in Sarasota, about an hour south of Tampa where I am from.  The guy next to me is an underwater photographer and he told me about what he does.  He has a ton of experience spending 3 months at a time in the South Pacific.  Because of the limitations of the visas, he spends three months at a time in the region and then he travels home and takes a month or two off.  He makes a living selling his photographs and video to magazines and other companies to be used in print.  I’m very interested in scuba diving and the ocean in general so I really enjoyed sitting next to this guy and hearing his story.

The Straz Center in Tampa is hosting a speaker’s series next year presented by National Geographic.  The first speaker on January 22, 2013 is an underwater photographer in the South Pacific, the same region the guy I sat next to spends most of his time.  Below is the description and a video of what the presentation will be about.

Tickets go on sell on September 12th and are $18 each.

National Geographic Live! Secret Edens with underwater photographer David Doubilet

National Geographic Live! Journey with photographer David Doubilet into hidden Edens from the heart of the coral triangle in Raja Ampat, Indonesia to Africa’s Okavango Delta, where seasonal floodwaters transform a desert into flowing rivers filled with crocodiles, hippos and a lily forest. Considered the world’s leading underwater photographer, Doubilet has introduced a generation to the mystery and wonder of the deep, photographing coral reefs, historic shipwrecks, ocean predators and exotic marine creatures for more than 70 stories for National Geographic. For David Doubilet’s official website, click here.

January 22, 2013:

(photos from National Geographic’s website)

I WANT: Green Carpet Anemone

May 15, 2012

I’ve always wanted a green carpet anemone for my fish tank but right now the tank I have is too small.  Sometimes it’s possible to find really tiny green carpet anemones, but for the most part they are 6” to 10” minimum and need to be kept in fish tanks 55 gallons or larger.  One day, though, I plan on getting a green carpet and it’ll probably be one of the coolest corals I’ll own.  Also, there are blue and red carpet anemones that are the same except for the color.


The Haddon’s Carpet Anemone lives singly, in the shallow waters of the Indo Pacific and Red Sea. Found outside of the reef it resides in soft muddy or sandy substrate and can attain a size of up to 3 feet in diameter. This colorful Anemone is also referred to as Haddon’s Anemone, Saddle Anemone, Saddle Carpet Anemone, or Saddleback Anemone.

The Haddon’s Carpet Anemone requires a tank with strong lighting and good water movement. The aquarium should have a variety of sandy and rocky locations as this animal oftentimes can move about and seek refuge in a place it prefers. This species of Carpet Anemone prefers to bury its foot into the sandy bottom, and will oftentimes attach itself to the bottom of the aquarium glass, where its column is completely buried in the sand for protection.

(continue reading: LiveAquaria)



Coral Gardening in the South Pacific

April 25, 2012

2012 Goal: Around-the-world trip

December 31, 2011

I’ve read about around-the-world plane tickets before and I understand the concept, but I’ve never actually searched for an itinerary before.  My sister is going to Bahrain soon for a year to two years and I’d love to visit Dubai.  Also, a friend in Colombia would like to visit Morocco and Egypt this summer and I’d love to visit those places as well.  Unfortunatley, Egypt isn’t really safe to travel to so we’ll have to keep and eye and see how things are at the right time.  If I were to purchase an around-the-world plane ticket, then I’d have to continue traveling East which would take me to India and possibly Nepal and visit with my uncle if he’s able to make it during that time.  And then to top it off, my friend Heather’s dad lives in Korea and would like for her to visit so I could meet her in Korea and then maybe visit another country such as Japan with her.

The actual itinerary for what’s above is more than I would be able to spend so I’m going to research further and maybe add additional stops such as New York City and London and it can possibly reduce the price a bit.  I figure if I even only go and visit my sister in Bahrain and that’s it then I’ll still be extremely happy.  Cheers to 2012!!!  Happy travels to everyone out there!

Viewing the Titanic? WHAT?

December 15, 2011

I guess thinking about today’s technology, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there’s a way to go over two miles deep in a capsule and view the actual wreckage of the Titanic but nonetheless, I’m quite shocked to see this is a reality..  If you have $60,000 that is, but seriously if I had the money I’d book this in an instant.

It was almost 100 years ago, on April 14, 1912 at 11:40pm when the Titanic struck an iceberg and by 2:20am it was on it’s way to the bottom of the ocean where it is now settled about 12,500 feet underwater.  The tragedy claimed 1,517 lives and to date remains one of the worst cruise ship disasters ever.  Coming up in 2012, Deep Ocean Exploration is offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience to go down in a capsule and view the actual wreckage to mark the 100 year anniversary.

NY Times article that I originally read

Deep Ocean Exploration’s website, the company who is hosting the 100 year anniversary dive to the bottom of the ocean.

Wikipedia page about the Titanic