Thursday, September 29, 2011
If you're trying to figure out what this is and can't. Don't feel bad no one else could either. This is what happens when someone scares a Silky Shark into a full blown panic attack. It swims away at high velocity and just happened to ram straight into my camera. Yes, I received a bloody nose and a broken mask from this one. From the beginning of this night dive I should have know something bad was going to happen. First mistake was when the dive master donned his bright yellow fins to get into the water. Of course the sharks were attracted to the bright colored fins flopping in the water.
I've learned a few things about sharks over the years, they like bright colors and shiny objects. I've always worn black and/or dark colors in the water with sharks. I put black tape on the shiny parts of my dive gear or trade it out for something else. Second warning sign I chose to ignore was how the other two divers were acting. They were splashing and flaying about like two year olds every time a Silky got near them. You have to remember why these sharks are there in the first place. Silky Sharks have learned that the flying fish are attracted to the lights on the back of the boat. They in turn are attracted to the easy meal that is has pulverized itself when it tries to fly into the back of the vessel. So all you have to do is just float around the back of the boat and let the sharks eat there free meal. Because when you act like an idiot in the water with sharks its usually the guy just floating around trying to get a photograph that gets hurt.
Monday, September 26, 2011
There are few things that get my attention in the water these days. However, an actively erupting volcano thirty miles away while I'm in a cave will. Kavachi Valcano is located South of Vangunu Island in the Solomons. It is one of the most active submarine Volcanos in the world. While diving in the area not only can you hear it erupting you can also feel it. In some places it feels like an air bag hitting your chest. So here I am tooling around in a cave at Mary Island when Kavachi goes off . It just so happens that the cloud cover broke at the same time of the eruption. My brain instantly went into oh #$%^ mode and I seriously thought the ceiling of the cave had collapsed. Needless to say I took my wet suit off in the water after that dive.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Tawny Leigh Morgan. My latest UW modeling gig
Model: Tawny Leigh Morgan
Photographer: Don Carpenter eurisko Photography
Lighting: Paul Parmer/ Don Carpenter
UW Assistant: Roberta Beals/ Amy Davidson
Make up: Cherie LeGard
Costume design: Cherie LeGard / Victoria Secrets (South Plains Mall)
Top Side Assistant: Tracy Edwards/Taylor Edwards/Gary Edwards
Special thanks to Tracy Edwards for his patients and willingness to let us do this in his back yard water world.