Christmas Presents on a Coral Reef

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Well, it’s Christmas Day here. Most of the world will not catch up with us for a few hours. In the spirit of the season, I’ve prepared a modest, hastily constructed Christmas present for you. I honestly had something much more elaborate planned, but we all know how plans go this time of year. Just ask all of the people who are lined up for a plane or train. I’m quite happy to be “Home for Christmas” without moving a muscle.

So, to my readers, who have given me so much joy since I started Madang – Ples Bilong Mi  only a little more than two years ago, here is my humble gift to you:

You can no longer say that nobody has ever given you a Spirobranchus giganteus  for Christmas.

And, since I have exactly one Christmas Tree Worm image left, I am going to give it to you for Boxing Day:Now, let’s get on with the party.

Here is a cute little “puppy dog” Blackspotted Puffer (Arothron nigropunctatus)  being desperately persued by a Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus)  looking for some fast food:The little cleaner wrasse is in its juvenile phase. It will be much less dramatic as an adult. They swim with a curious curling motion to advertise their services. It always reminds me of a fish dancing to Chubby Checkers singing “Come on Baby. Let’s Do the Twist.”

This Slender Grouper (Anyperodon leucogrammicus)   is a very handsome fish, indeed. They are easily spooked, so you have to sneak up on them while holding your breath:After a minute or so, just as you are dying for good, deep breath, you might get a chance for a shot. I only managed one exposure of this fish. Fortunately, everything worked perfectly. It’s a good specimen shot.

Being right in the middle of nudibranch heaven, it’s not surprising that I run across cute little eye candies such as this on a regular basis.It has the less-than-endearing name of Phyllidiella pustulosa.  Just play with that one for a while. You’ll find it just as revolting as I do.

Finally, as I run out of words and images, I leave you with one of my trusted and favoured themes:Yes, that’s right. Once again I give you Water Drops. I just can’ t stop taking pictures of them.

I am so easily amused. It comes of having a simple mind.

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7 Responses to “Christmas Presents on a Coral Reef”

  1. Steve Goodheart Says:

    Merry Christmas, Jan! Your “Christmas trees” with lights and presents are delightful, and now grace my desktop. Thanks for sharing that! Truly, you are the Master of Photoshop, and “We’re not worthy!!!” 🙂

    The grouper shot is stunning; want it on my desktop later on. And you know I love dem nudies……as for your water drops, that a great composition…

    Many “happies” and “merries” to you and yours and all the folks there in paradise. Thanks for all you give.


  2. Mari Says:

    Hi Jan,

    Thank you for the Christmas present. What great shots as always. Yes, Steve is right – you are the master of Photoshop.Thank you for your gifts of photographs which I enjoy immensely always and of course your stories from paradise. Yu wantok tru – keep ’em coming.


  3. Walt Says:

    Happy Christmas, and thanks for another year of great stories and pictures.
    All the best,

  4. MadDog Says:

    Well, I’m nowhere near a master at Photoshop. I just muddle through the stuff that I need and try to learn something new once in a while. The presents and decorations are just Photoshop ‘brushes’ that I downloaded from the web.

    I’m very happy with that grouper shot. It looks as if it was shot at Shedd Aquarium.

  5. MadDog Says:

    Thanks, Mari. You always offer kind and flattering words. If only I WERE a master of Photoshop. Those presents and decorations are just Photoshop ‘brushes’ that I downloaded from the web.

  6. MadDog Says:

    Thanks, Walt. And a happy holiday season to you.

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