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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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Jun 4, 17     Comments Off on STINAPA House Reef, St. Eustatius Underwater Photos

Good morning, I have a few underwater reef shots from a little island in the Caribbean that is currently not at the top of any “Top” dive destinations list, but maybe it should be! I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the underwater world in little o’l St. Eustatius and granted I didn’t get to dive a lot but what I saw made me wish I could have seen more. ALL diving on Statia must be done through one of the two or three dive shops, there are no exceptions to this rule, it’s for sure not Bonaire. Many of the reefs here are far off shore, we went to the “Valley of the Sponges” which was close to two miles straight out from the harbor and although your jumping off into rough seas the reef under was quite beautiful. Above are photos from the STINAPA house reef which is located in calmer waters and much closer to shore but again you will need to hire a dive operation to take you out there. Also like many other Caribbean countries you must purchase a $30 STINAPA reef tag before you dive as well which is available at the dive shops or the STINAPA office located near the harbor. I have to say this little dive spot had more creatures and fish, sponges and corals then I had seen on any dive site in Curacao, it was just a small reef area but completely packed with life meaning my camera was on fire and we were all out of air before we knew it!

Busy day ahead…

Barry

Feb 9, 17     Comments Off on The Last Brain Coral, Bonaire Corals, Dying Reefs

Good morning all, you can ask any seasoned diver who has been to Bonaire or the Caribbean in the past 10 years “what did you think about the reef on your last dive” and they will all say, “it’s not the same reef as we remember”. Due to years of massive tropical storms, overfishing, dragging nets and anchors, trash and runoff from shore our poor coral reefs are disappearing right before our very eyes and there is little we can do to stop it. On my last trip to Bonaire a few weeks ago I spent more time underwater shooting dying or dead corals than I did photographing fish or coral reef scenes, I must say it’s very alarming. I found colony after colony of wiped out endangered Staghorn coral and only a few brain corals like this one in the shallows, 14 years ago they were quite abundant. 

I’m keeping busy these days working on the truckload of photos I shot for the Smithsonian a few weeks ago, I need to get a ton of shots ready in case they need to use them for promotion or science. 

Hope you all are doing well ..

Barry

Nov 7, 16     Comments Off on Damselfish Garden, Endangered Staghorn Corals
Nov 2, 16     Comments Off on Coral Reef Scene, Sea Fan, Shipwreck Point
Sep 26, 16     Comments Off on Underwater Blue-Light Photos, Giant Star Corals
Sep 23, 16     Comments Off on Siderastrea siderea, Starlet Corals Spawning
Aug 22, 16     Comments Off on Blue-Light Photo Taken with a Tripod Underwater
Aug 12, 16     Comments Off on Blue Light Coral Photo, Bluelight Brain Coral
Aug 8, 16     Comments Off on Endangered Staghorn Corals under Blue-Light
Jul 15, 16     Comments Off on Pillar Corals, Coral Reef Scene, Coral Reef Photo
Jul 13, 16     Comments Off on Coral Reef Photo, Live, Healthy Corals, Soft Corals
Jul 12, 16     Comments Off on Curacao Corals, Healthy Corals, Living Corals
Jun 28, 16     Comments Off on Smashed Yellow Pencil Corals, Coral Damage

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Sorry so short, have a great evening…

Barry

May 31, 16     Comments Off on Underwater Blue Light Photos/Images
May 24, 16     Comments Off on Laughing Chewbacca Mask Lady (Full Video)

Good morning friends, I was super busy yesterday diving with the sub and had no time to post the blog so I’m getting it done now. I did end up doing the 63k East to West race this weekend and it was awesome!! This is about a 40 mile race from one end of our island to the other and I did it in a little over 2 hours, is that crazy or what?? I managed to hold 6th position for around 35 miles and then got passed by riders who went the wrong way and didn’t do the trails they were supposed to, so I ended up finishing around 10th overall, not bad for an old guy!! Below is a link my buddy Hans sent me of the course we did and the times, I never in a million years would have guessed I could have done this in the time I did, I’m still shocked! The course was mostly rough two-track jeep roads that span alongside our whole north coast, the scenery was beautiful!

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1179850112#.V0H-OJM1Y7I.gmail

Also, I’m sure most of you have seen this but if not take 4 minutes out of your busy life and turn up the volume, this clip has been seen over 101 million times in the past few days, I laughed so hard I cried, it’s fantastic!!

Have a great day out there….

Barry

 

 

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