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Dec 20

Wildlife Photography Number 13- Green Sea Turtle

Honu Swimming
Karen and I love to snorkel.  We would like to go once a year if we could but living in the Plains the opportunities to snorkel are few and far between.  Luckily for us we have been blessed with steady work and both of us have agreed to pinch pennies throughout the year so we have the opportunity to go to some wonderful vacation spots which you can check out on our travel tab or list tab.  When we go snorkeling we use a Canon D10 which is an underwater digital camera.  I liked that camera because it did not break the bank and took good quality pictures, but the best part of it was that I could see the digital screen under the water.  The D10 worked a lot better than our first underwater camera which was the original Olympus Stylus because with the Stylus I could barely make out was on the digital screen underwater.  Unfortunately, on our second trip of using the Canon D10, about year after we had purchased it, my digital screen failed and went black.  It still took pictures but I was shooting blind. The screen failed after our first snorkel spot that we went to in Maui so for the next seven days every night when we made it back to the hotel I would have to take out my memory card put it in my other camera and checked the photos.  Hoping that I got some good shots in.  I wish it would have worked would because it would have made things a lot easier but that is life.  Overall, I was pleased with how some of the pictures turned out. 

I like this photograph of a green sea turtle for a couple reasons.  First, this was taken close to the end of our third day of snorkeling and we had yet to see a sea turtle.  I think that was one of the reasons we fell in love with snorkeling was getting to see those magnificent animals outside of an aquarium which is an amazing experience.  Unluckily for us, the first three days in the water we had not seen a single one.  I was starting to think that we were never going to see one and here we are in Maui the waters are supposed to be full of them.  Well, I was on my last snorkel of our third day Karen had already packed it in and went out one last time before we were going to go grab lunch.  I decided to swim directly out and see what was in the middle I had already checked out the north and south sides of the area .  There was not much there after a couple hundred yards out I made a horseshoe shape back to look at a few scattered heads of coral that I had not gone over yet.  As I was directly passing overhead I looked down and between two of those coral heads I saw what looked to be a turtle shell.  The coral was about 25 feet below me so I took a deep breath and went to investigate.  As I was heading towards the coral a sea turtle was coming out.  I stopped swimming and got my camera ready.  I was able to get a few shots of the turtle coming out of its hiding spot and then it turned towards me.  That is when I took this picture.  I like how I was able to get it close to  eye level so many of my turtle shots are taken from above. 

After I watch it go I headed back to the beach to tell Karen.  She thought I was just joking around and trying to get her back into the water.  Two days later we were back at the same beach and I took her to where I saw the sea turtle in the lone patch of coral in the middle of the beach and lo and behold it was there.  I got to rub it in a little bit that I was telling the truth the first time, but in the end I was just happy that Karen got to see the sea turtle.  All in all by the end of our trip we got to see over a dozen sea turtles, but those first couple days were a little frustrating, but it worked out in the end.

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