Sunday, September 05, 2010

Le weekend

This is Jenny, writing from Ottawa to share a very nice piece by Lynne Cohen at the Ottawa Citizen:
Wendy Buckner's shocking and untimely death has launched the Canadian Masters swimming world into action. Members around 50 years old, en masse, are arranging to have stress tests done to find out how their hearts are doing. As usual, even in death, she is influencing everyone around her to do the right thing.
Also: the Boarder weekending at Iain and Deb's cottage!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Memorial celebration

A memorial celebration of Wendy's life will be held at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010. Visitation will be held from 12 noon until Words of Remembrance at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the United Way, Good Companions, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of donor's choice would be appreciated.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

TIP: Still More Fishes!

Here's the peacock flounder featured in the final photo yesterday while it was swimming. It's amazing to watch one settle and quickly take on a new pattern!

And a nice bluehead wrasse (with grunt). The wrasse is about 4 inches tip to stern.

Finally, a fabulous smooth trunkfish (that wholly redeemed the swim marred by leaky goggles).

This, I think, will be the best photo of the trip! Go ahead and click — it's worth it!

Up today, the Flowers Sea Swim and a trip to Cathy Church's!

Friday, June 18, 2010

TIP: Fish Identification!

A curious and wondrous thing about many tropicals is the rather dramatic colour shifts they can undergo. At the bottom of this photo (taken in "Brent's lagoon") is a beautiful black and yellow striped juvenile French Angelfish. At it's intermediate stage it will look more like this, and then as an adult will look like this. If, however, its tail had a square cut margin and ever so slightly different striping, it would mature into this. And in fact, they can appear almost dusky rose, too ...

The sergeant majors in this snapshot are not in blue phase, as their bright yellow is still quite evident — males become dark blue to purple except for their black bands when courting or defending their nests.

Here's a nice blue tang that is shifting from its juvenile bright yellow coloration to blue. Tangs also adjust the vividness of their blues from powder blue to purple.

If you look up bar jacks in keys you will find them listed under silvery fishes. But apparently when they are an attendant fish with a Southern Stingray they are most often in black phase. I thoroughly enjoyed spending some time with this pair yesterday morning! The Southern Stingrays vary in colour from brown to gray and black.

And then there are those who depend on subterfuge instead of just floundering about!

All images should be clickable for closer looks!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

TIP: Squirrelfish!

Early morning swims are definitely the time to see these guys! Clicking is probably worth your while.

Another exciting find for me was this needlefish! It really is quite a small fish.

I liked the way you see the early morning sun break through the water in this shot.

Also, last evening we had time for a trip to Books & Books!

P.S. Yesterday Danielle in Iowa in Seattle asked how squirrelfish got their common name. There are some odd suggestions on teh interwebs (big eyes like squirrels, red colour like red squirrels) but the answer that seems most likely is that in fact they "bark" rather like squirrels. If you go here and scroll down you can hear what one sounds like.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

TIP: Stalking The Squirrel Fish!

The fishes are getting used to me stopping to drift with them — particularly the group over by Treasure Island Resort. Now when I stop by they come and hang with me. Except for the squirrel fish — he dashes right into his hole in the coral. Nothin' but tail!

But the way the light hit this sargeant major fish was nothing short of amazing! No photoshopping here, folks, that's how it came off Brent's camera.

This one looks almost happy to see me, don't you think?

And lest you think that yellow fishes don't blend in ...

I hope you'll be pleased to hear that early morning swims are more successful when stalking the squirrel fish!

As usual, you should be able to click these images for more detail.