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    My wife Susie and I spent 3 weeks on Bonaire from June 21-July 13th. This was our 9th trip after a three year hiatus. We stayed at Den Laman Condos, dove with BDA (Bonaire Dive and Adventure), and rented our truck from Poppy at Telerin. Den Laman is right on the water at Bari Reef and next to BDA which made our gear storage and tank access very convenient. BDA also has easy 24 hour access to tanks and gear which for us is great since we dive both late and early. In the past, we mainly focused on underwater photography, but this year I also had GoPro cameras, so we now have video and pictures to share. We brought food with us and purchased groceries on the island at the Warehouse and Van Den Tweel (a large Dutch styled supermarket with a wide variety). We prepared most of our meals at the condo, which for us was very convenient due to our dive schedule. Here’s our YouTube video that I just finished up yesterday:


    Video was good for some of our larger finds, here's a few pictures of some of our smaller critter finds:

    Snapping Shrimp


    I believe this is a Harlequin Sea Goddess:


    Another with different color pattern:


    Spongy Decorator Crab:


    Unidentified flatworm:


    Another:


    Dorid Nudi, not positive of ID (Brown Discodoris?):


    Another unidentified nudi, this one was big, about 2":


    Cusk eel:


    Squat lobster:


    These guys are on the video, they were about 1" long, possible baby squid, or possible grass squid, which only get about this size. In any case they were very cool!



    I think that's it for now. If anyone has any clarifications on id's for any subjects, let us know - thanks!!!!

    - Rick

  • #2
    Nice pictures!

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    • #3
      I think your close-ups of little creatures are kind of thrilling (as well as perfectly post-processed to my taste). Thanks for sharing.

      Regards...Patsy ><((((o>
      Regards...Patsy ><((((o>

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      • #4
        lovely pictures and awesome videos! were these all taken with your gopro? what accessories (if any) did you use? did uou use another camera too? i'm wanting to get one before i venture back to bonaire next year... i appreciate any feedback you have!

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        • #5
          Here's a few more of our pictures:

          Eel in tube sponge:


          Another Eel:


          French Angelfish:


          Froggy:


          Sculptured Slipper Lobster


          Spanish Lobster:


          Filefish:

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          • #6
            Very impressive pictures and I really enjoyed your video!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mhlgirls View Post
              lovely pictures and awesome videos! were these all taken with your gopro? what accessories (if any) did you use? did uou use another camera too? i'm wanting to get one before i venture back to bonaire next year... i appreciate any feedback you have!
              The daytime video was shot with a gopro hero2 and polar pro red filter, the filter was removed for night dives. Pictures were taken either with a canon 20d in aquatica housing and inon strobes or olympus sp350 with a ys-110 strobe. For me, there was a little juggling involved switching between video and pictures...

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              • #8
                Love you pictures and the video. Can't wait for our next trip. Thank you for sharing.
                There's no place like Bonaire

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                • #9
                  And a few more:

                  Sea Hare


                  Box Crab:


                  White Seahorse:


                  Another flatworm:


                  Cleaner Shrimp


                  Grumpy


                  ID anyone?


                  Not positive of an id on this one either:


                  Daytime Octo:


                  Juvenile Lizardfish


                  Another shot of unidentified nudi:


                  When I was photographing this squid, a boat went overhead leaving the streak in the water. This is one of my favorite shots from the trip:

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                  • #10
                    Sorry, but after three weeks we have lots of pictures - here's a few more:

                    Caribbean reef squid:


                    We saw lot's of turtles this trip












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                    • #11
                      Absolutely gorgeous! Keep sharing - I love all the pictures. We were on Bonaire from 6/28 - 7/12 but have a long way to go before our pictures are close to yours. Thanks for these!

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                      • #12
                        very niceeeeeeeeee

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the awesome video and beautiful pictures. .

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                          • #14
                            Excellent work Rick (as usual) and welcome back to Bonaire!
                            "Life is good, And on Bonaire, It's even better!"


                            Owner of VINIBU

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                            • #15
                              Re:ID anyone
                              I believe that it is a Caribbean Pipefish.
                              Beautiful pictures!

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