WAVES IN HDR, PHUKET

We took our March break in Phuket this year. The Le Meridien is a great stop; outside of the hustle and bustle of Phuket but still accessible with a great private beach.

The waves would kick up some mornings, making for some great shots. Config: Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 28-300mm f/2.8 USM.

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A contrast to a calm sunset.

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WHAT LURKS BENEATH

As the tide went out on the beach in Nusa Dua, it provided access to the life below. Our first sight was this urchin.

Urchins are usually nasty black things and very painful. We easily steered clear of many in the shallow water, but through the seaweed I saw this fellow. I have never seen anything like it and if colour indicated a warning, this must be a very dangerous urchin.

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Never seen anything like it. Having a 70-200m lens on meant that I didn’t have to get too close.

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One more shot, distorted by the sun cutting the water. As I got closer with the lens it moved to protect the center.

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I have no idea what this is .. but it looks like a cucumber or perhaps some sort of worm.

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This millipede was BIG (and fast). He disappeared in seconds.

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A lot of legs …

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He/she/it was right beside the crabs. Spot the 3 crabs.

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Finishing off with a few beautiful color shots, peaking out from under the water.

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Amazing natural colors of this anemone, an inch under the water.

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It was really hard to get shots of these corals as they were in shallow water and it kept ebbing and flowing.

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A moment later I caught the water coming in.

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How can I not finish with a starfish.

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It was fun to explore the shore.

3 SHOTS OF A BALINESE FISHERMAN

We stayed at the Westin in Nusa Dua in Bali and you look out on quite a nice ocean view.

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While eating lunch I saw this fellow wading out into the surf. I happened to have my 70-200mm lens on the 5D so I took a walk to down to observe. 3 shots …

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Love the hat.

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At the beach the tide slow recedes through the day revealing that which you were swimming over.

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You can walk for 100’s of meters to the edge and the reef. It was fun to see what lurked below … and surprising. (Next post).