Travelled over to #christmasisland at #christmas amusingly to check out the annual #redcrabmigration - amazing!!! How can you go past the #cute little eyes of these aquatic phase babies?
After leaving the water, these tiny little guys (maybe half a cm width) will undergo a further change enabling them to make the long and dangerous journey back up into the islands rainforests where these #landcrabs will burrow in the cool shade of the forest and make their home.
A Rough Fileclam (Ctenoides saber) on a Bonaire Reef. This is also commonly called a Flame Scallop. I haven't posted many underwater shots recently, and there are several reasons why this is the case. I had bilateral hip surgeries five months apart in 2016. Each surgery had a four month recovery period when I was not allowed to dive. Basically, most of my year was a diving no-go. I managed to slip a dive in here and there (and definitely in Africa), but I wasn't focused on photography. And as I've shared in the past, I also have Rheumatoid Arthritis which flares up from time to time leaving me unable to dive until things have calmed down. Thankfully, I can still swim and snorkel during these times, but UW photography is out of the question. And as for Steve, he has other obligations which are taking most of his time at the moment. This is a good thing, and we are not complaining. I want to write more about living on Bonaire with Rheumatoid Arthritis soon, as I get many questions from others with autoimmune diseases looking to move to a warmer climate like Bonaire. Stay tuned for that, and let me know if you have questions in the meantime. And if you are still reading, thanks for bearing with me!! #bonaire#uwphoto#underwaterphotography#scubadiving#scuba#rheumatoidarthritis#autoimmunedisease#arthritis#psoriaticarthritis#mental_wildlife
During my 32 years of life, I have witnessed the destruction of our planet and a growing divisiveness amongst people I thought was only part of history. My young romantic and dreamy self, had always found hope in the fact that for some time we were moving in the right path in order to have a prosperous planet. A planet where we could co-exist with one another and every single specie that played a part in this complex and intertwined clock ticking game we call life.
I consider myself very fortunate, having been born in Latin America, raised in Europe and lived most of my life in Asia, I have witnessed first hand the amazing achievements of humanity globally. That, as well as the destructive power ONE single person can inflict on others or the life on planet earth for financial or political gains.
My connection to the natural planet begun at a very young age, in part thanks to my Grandmother who had an appreciation something as simple and enigmatically beautiful as an Orchid. Sadly, this year I decided to start posting amateur photographs on #instagram of moments I have captured over the years and continue to do so whenever I travel, of animals that may not exist in the future.
Photographs of other fellow species that future children, grandchildren and other future generations may never see alive. This has profoundly saddened me on this 1st of January 2017, hence this more than gloomy message.
However, one must remain hopeful as there is always a #davidattenborough who will cheer up even the saddest of spirits. Today, thanks to him, a short message to all those souls who still believe we as humans must always make the right, selfless choice, whatever that may be; "It’s surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth." -Sir David Attenborough #planetearth#instagood#instaquote#quoteoftheday#wildlifeplanet#bbcearth#wildlife#planet#naturegeography#animalelite#bestnatureshot#eyecatching_pics#travel_dome#ourdailyearth#recap2016#wildlife_perfection#arthropod_perfection#eye_spy_birds#world_bestanimal#mental_wildlife#earthofficial#igglobalclub#ourocean