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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 January, 2015

Jan 21, 15     Comments Off on 2015 Outside Magazine Bike Testing Update

Beautiful Tucson Arizona!

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2015 “BOO” Mountain Bike made from Bamboo!

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Testing a quarter million dollars worth of high end road bikes at Gates Pass!

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The NEW 2015 Fat Tire-Salsa “Bucksaw” Our hands down favorite bike to ride!

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Check out the specs at….  http://salsacycles.com/bikes/bucksaw

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The Lightest bike tested, The New 2015 TREK, cost? $16,000 and weighs 10 pounds or 4.5 Kilos!

Jan 9, 15     Comments Off on Red-Ridged Clinging Crab, Mithrax forceps
Jan 8, 15     Comments Off on School of Fish, School of Bonnetmouths, Bogas
Jan 6, 15     Comments Off on Fish Faces, Cute Fish Photos, Queen Angelfish

Good morning from the mosquito infested Caribbean! Here’s an intermediate Queen Angelfish, Holacanthus ciliaris for you all today looking about as cute as a fish can be! These young angelfish are by far on the top of my “find list” but regrettably we hardly ever see them and if we do they are usually hard to approach. Now a days when I spot a Queen I follow for as long as it takes in hopes of them swimming into a small protective cave which gives me the only chance of a photo opportunity. Once trapped in their cave they will peer out at me as this one did which is just long enough to get a picture, they are very shy animals!

The Queen angelfish body color can be described as blue to blue-green with yellow rims on its scales. Their pectoral and ventral fins are also yellow but their lips and the edges of their dorsal fins and anal fins are dark blue. Queen angelfish are also known to have blue markings around each gill cover. Juveniles have dark blue bodies with yellow lips, gills, and tail and vertical bars ranging in color from light blue to white. The colors of the juvenile fish help them to blend in with the reefs. The Queen angelfish may live up to 15 years in the wild and reach up to 45 centimeters (17 inches) in length. Queen angelfish are about three and a half pounds.

Like other angelfish, much of its locomotion is produced by the pectoral fins. The outer 40% of each fin can be used to produce up to 80% of the fish’s total thrust.

The Queen angelfish feeds primarily on sponges, but also feeds on tunicates, jellyfish, and corals as well as plankton and algae. Juveniles serve as “cleaners” and feed on the parasites of larger fish at cleaning stations.

The adults are found in pairs year round, perhaps suggesting a long-term monogamous bond. The pairs reproduce by rising up in the water, bringing their bellies close together, and release clouds of sperm and eggs. The female can release anywhere from 25 to 75 thousand eggs each evening and as many as ten million eggs during each spawning cycle. The eggs are transparent, buoyant, and pelagic, floating in the water column. They hatch after 15 to 20 hours into larvae that lack effective eyes, fins, or even a gut. The large yolk sac is absorbed after 48 hours, during which time the larvae develop normal characteristics of free swimming fish. Larvae are found in the water column and feed on plankton. The larvae grow rapidly and about 3“4 weeks after hatching the 15“20 millimeters (0.6“0.8 in) long juvenile settles on the bottom.

Have a wonderful day!!

Barry

Jan 5, 15     Comments Off on Red Night Shrimp, Cinetorhynchus manningi
Jan 2, 15     Comments Off on Colorful Curacao Photos, Reflection Photos

Good afternoon one and all, we made it to 2015! We gave up trying to sleep on New Years eve and ended up just watching movies, fireworks and comforting the dogs all night. You honestly can’t imagine the noise here on this one night of the year and it lasts from about 8:00pm till 4:00 in the morning! I always tell my friends in the States, “picture your own local 4th of July fireworks display” which may last up to 30 minutes or an hour at the most. Well here, it’s an all out 4th of July fireworks display for 8-9 hours in every direction you look and the island looks like it’s on fire and sounds like it’s being bombed! I’m sure you could find something on Youtube.

I had a request for a photo from above Curacao so I have this crazy photo for you all today. What is it you ask??  Good question. I was downtown shooting some graffiti and noticed the reflection of the colors in a parked car. As I set up the tripod and got ready to take the photo a guy on a bicycle rode past and “click” that was my picture, ok, it’s not for everyone but I like any kind of reflection photos.

Busy at home today working my “honey-do-list”.

Have a wonderful weekend all!

Barry

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