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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 September, 2015

Sep 9, 15     Comments Off on Purple Stove Pipe Sponge, Coral Reef Scene
Sep 7, 15     Comments Off on Old Vintage Bottles Found with a Submersible

Good morning all, how was your weekend?? I finally got around to shooting some of the old bottles we found with the submersible on the island of Klein Curacao last week. When the bottles come up from the deep they are filled with trapped hermit crabs that manage to get in but they can’t get back out and we end up with a jar full of old deep water sea shells. Starting from the left we have A typical Dutch Onion Bottle that dates back to the early 18th century. The glass is a shade of green with small bubbles and imperfections. The size and shape of these bottles varies due to the fact that they were mouth-blown in a variety of glass houses in Europe. It has a deep base with a typical jagged pontil scar where the bottom was pushed up with an iron rod to form the base of the bottle. Bottles like this traveled all over the world on the old sailing ships.

Some of the earliest liquor bottles were like the square one pictured to the right in the #3 position (going left to right) which is square in cross section and generally designed to contain gin though undoubtedly contained various types of liquor and possibly wine. Commonly called “case gin” or “taper gin” bottles since they would pack more efficiently to a case (6 to 24 bottles) than round bottles (Illinois Glass Company 1903). Case gin bottles are square with a more or less distinct taper inwards from the shoulder to the base (or a flaring from the base to the shoulder if you prefer). The neck is very short to almost non-existent with the finishes varying from a laid-on ring, flared, mineral finish, oil, and even a blob. This shape and style of bottle originated in and was commonly made in Europe at least as early as the mid-17th century and have been found in contexts as early as 1745 in the New World (Jones & Smith 1985; Hume 1991). However, some case gin type bottles were made in the U.S. during the time span of popularity for this bottle type from at least the early 19th century.

Bottles #2 and #4 were used for spirits as well as ale/porter, wine, and likely other liquid consumables and date from the early 1850’s to the early 1900’s.

The last one on the end, all the way to the right reads; C. BROMLEY, ADAM.STREET, GOOLE. It is also a major antique and dates to the early 1900’s.

Our friend Carole Baldwin from the Smithsonian took the photo of me shooting the bottles without me knowing it, thought I would throw it in to show you the work we go through for a single photo these days. Please don’t ask me to sell the bottles, they are already spoken for and will get great homes.

Have a wonderful day all…

Barry

Sep 3, 15     Comments Off on Green Sea Turtle Photos, Marine Reptiles

Good afternoon one and all, how is your day going out there??? We had an early morning submersible dive with two people from Brazil and I of course was underwater to take their photos as they passed by. After I finished with the sub photos I located all my know Ghost shrimp homes (about 6) and fed them little pieces of algae. The shrimps live in these beautiful sand burrows and wait all day for food to pass by so I just make it easier for them and give them a whole bunch all at once. I hold the food over the little inch and a half holes and out they come grabbing the food from my fingers and taking it deep down into their hidden bunkers, talk about a cool creature!

I have a beautiful Green Sea Turtle for you all today that I found swimming  under our anchored ship in around 25 feet of water at Klein Curacao. This little deserted island has become well known for an abundance of these turtles and whether your diving or snorkeling your almost guaranteed to spot one.

Lots to do…

Barry

Sep 2, 15     Comments Off on Brain Coral Colonies, Coral Reef Scenes
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