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Avid outdoorsman and underwater photographer, Barry Brown has spent the last 12 years documenting life above and below water in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. He is currently working with the Smithsonian Institution documenting new Caribbean deep-water species and building a one of a kind database. His underwater images can regularly be seen in Sport Diver, Scuba Diver and on the Ikelite website. His image of a "Collage of Corals" seen under blue-light at night recently placed in the TOP 10 images for the 2014 NANPA (North American Nature Photographers Association) photo contest.

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Archive for October, 2014

Oct 31, 14     Comments Off on 2014 Curacao Deep Water Fish Stamps, Curasub
Oct 28, 14     Comments Off on Blue Tang Juvenile, Acanthurus coeruleus
Oct 28, 14     Comments Off on Goldentail Moray, Gymnothorax miliaris
Oct 27, 14     Comments Off on Cleaning Station Photo, Cleaner Fish, Blue Tang
Oct 24, 14     Comments Off on Fish Face, Scrawled Filefish, Aluterus scriptus
Oct 23, 14     Comments Off on School of Fish, School of Boga’s, Bonnetmouth
Oct 22, 14     Comments Off on Common Octopus, Octopus vulgaris, Mollusks
Oct 20, 14     Comments Off on Fish Eye Photo, Glasseye Snapper Eye
Oct 17, 14     Comments Off on Blue Light Corals, Blue Light Brain Coral
Oct 15, 14     Comments Off on Stoplight Parrotfish Teeth, Sparisoma viride
Oct 14, 14     Comments Off on Stoplight Parrotfish, Sparisoma viride, Parrotfishes
BAR-

Good afternoon readers, better late than never right?? You want to talk about HOT, Curacao is baking today!! There are no clouds to be seen, very light wind and like always…. melting humidity, oh what fun! Because of the sweltering heat I did what everyone else is doing and took off to the water and got in a nice cool relaxing dive on our Substation reef armed with my trusty 105 macro lens, you can’t go wrong with that! I immediately swam down to around 50 feet and just took in the view and tried to figure out which way to go? As I quietly hovered I heard the all to familiar sound of “crunch”, crunch”, “crunch” and knew without even looking there had to be a large parrotfish near by scarping his teeth on the rocks looking for lunch. Sure enough within seconds a giant Stoplight Parrotfish, Sparisoma viride pops his head up from his algae dinner plate and looks me straight in the face, “SNAP”, that was the photo! I have found through trial and error if you want any kind of fish face shot you have to not only be prepared to spend the whole dive with a single fish but you have to catch them off guard as I did here. Parrotfish have some of the most comical faces and there are so many different species of parrotfish meaning there are countless fun face shots waiting for you down there. I also saw my school of Bonnetmouths out there today (that have been there for years) and was shocked at how many there are now?? I estimated the school at around 350-400 and if the water would have been more clear I would have gone back out for some wide angle shots, talk about a beautiful little fish!

I will have to force myself to get on the bike today in this heat, this is the downside to Curacao in October!

Not much else going on, it’s very quiet at the moment, next month and December will be crazy around here!

Have a great day!!

Barry

Oct 13, 14     Comments Off on Baby Bottlenose Dolphin, Newborn Bottlenose

Good morning one and all, how are we doing today?? I have a photo from Aimee that she took with her GoPro for you all today of her new baby bottlenose dolphin that was born about two months ago. Is this little thing cute or what??

The 2015 NANPA results are finally in…What is NANPA? NANPA is “North American Nature Photographers Association” and this year I was one of the top 10 prize winners with a blue-light photo, here is the link to that photo. Underwater Blue Light Photos, Blue Light Photography  For the 2015 photo contest I sent in a bunch of bird photos and one blue-light photo. My one blue-light photo made it into the top 120 and one bird photo made it into the top 250, very happy with those results as this is a tough competition. Here is the NANPA link, www.nanpa.org

We are finally getting rain and the island is really starting to green up again, it’s such a welcome sight. We had friday off because of “Curacao Independence Day”, there were parades during the day and a big one that went by our house at night and WOW was it ever loud! I spent a good part of the weekend building a new trail at Vaersenbaai but am still far from getting it done, talk about a lot of work. Saturday afternoon at 3:00 I took off into the wilds of Curacao in 100 degree heat and crazy humidity and got in a 30 mile mountain bike ride and was soaked to the bone when I got back home at night.  Not much else going on, we continue to run our little animal shelter at home with 4-turtles, and 2-birds and everyone so far is doing well.

I am off to the sea, have a great day.

Barry

Oct 9, 14     Comments Off on Spawning Brittle Stars, Blue-Light Anemone
Oct 7, 14     Comments Off on Rough Fileclam, Lima scabra, Caribbean Bivalves

Good morning from the Dutch Caribbean. I have a crazy beautiful clam for you all today called a Flame Scallop or Rough Fileclam, “Lima scabra”. This is hands down one of the most spectacular mollusks in the sea, and you really have to see it to believe it!

This alien looking clam is a marine bivalve mollusc in the family Limidae. Although their name would suggest otherwise, flame scallops have no relation to scallops, besides their exterior. The flame scallop is found in the Caribbean Sea. It is similar in appearance to the Indo-Pacific electric flame scallop (Ctenoides ales).

Flame scallops have a rough outer shell with a red mantle. Surrounding the mantle are red and white tentacles. The flame scallop’s vibrant red color is due to the large amount of carotenoids found within their body. Flame scallops can reach 3 in long. The gills are used for respiration and filtration.

Flame scallops rest in their own nests made of small coral and rocks. Because flame scallops have no photosynthetic properties, the herbivorous flame scallops eat only phytoplankton. During the consumption process, flame scallops sift and sort through the phytoplankton with their gills to determine what is appropriate for ingestion.

To escape predators or harm, like crabs and shrimps the flame scallop’s valves are used. Flame scallops push their valves together to propel themselves away from dangerous situations. YES folks they can swim!!!

We have a submersible dive at 11:00 and I was told our live underwater camera is working again, try it and let me know, www.seesubmarine.com

Have a wonderful day all!!

Barry

Oct 6, 14     Comments Off on Underwater Deep Blue Photo, Water, H2O

Good morning friends, how was the weekend?? I’ve had some reports that summer and fall are long gone and that winter is on the way, now is your time to come to Curacao! Our good news here is that rain has started falling and the island is starting to slowly green up again, it’s such a welcome sight!

I spent the weekend with the dogs, building a new trail at Vaersenbaai and cleaning out my driftwood stash over at Stijn’s house and for the first weekend this year I didn’t touch my bike! For those of you asking, Inca (our dalmatian) is doing better, she is finally able to walk after months of being inside. Our little parakeet is adjusting to his new cage I recently built and learned a valuable lesson on why he is in there. The other morning while feeding him he jumped out and took a 12 foot “beak dive” onto our driveway and just laid there in shock, I guess he forgot his wing is broken? I raced downstairs at top speed and gently picked him up and said, “I’m sorry but you can’t fly!” For us the hardest thing is listening to him call his friends over to the trees in our yard and knowing he cannot join them, will never own another bird! The turtles still need a new home, we are trying to find someone with a nice home and nice yard but so far no luck. We also have another little bird that had lost it’s mother and is still not old enough to fly, Aimee is hand feediing it 3-4 times a day by hand!

I have a simple, pure Caribbean water shot for you all today that I snapped while waiting for the submersible to arrive last friday. The fish you see at the bottom left are still my school of bonnetmouths (Boga’s), they are still here and I love them!

Here’s a killer video for you all toady!

Have a wonderful monday…..

Barry

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