Make the Scene, Man – at the Reef!

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Since I’m enjoying a temporary cease-fire which was prompted by an all-night connection to the web which updated my computer for the first time since last September, I’ll dispense with dispatches from the FEBA (that’s Forward Edge of the Battle area for the militarily-challenged) until or when the aforementioned connection evaporates once again. One can’t stay cranky all the time. Well, one can,  and some do,  but it’s simply not good for the soul.

To display my return to joviality and whimsy let me show you a delightful, if somewhat dangerous, juxtaposition of objects that I discovered only yesterday in a technical facility which I shall, out of pity, not name:

Using all of my vast training in covert operations, I boldly snapped this shot while nobody was looking. In fact, as near as I could ascertain, nobody was doing anything at all. Notice that it was nearly quitting time anyway.

What I propose here is a Caption Contest. The rules are simple:  (1) The caption must begin with, “In case of fire”, (2) You must leave your entry as a comment here on Madang – Ples Bilong Mi,  (you can also leave a comment on my status post on Facebook, but the official entry must be here), (3) There will be no losers. Everybody who enters will automatically get first place, (3) You may not use any of the seven words that George Carlin made famous, no matter how funny they are (sorry, but this makes it much more challenging anyway), (4) I can make up more rules whenever I want.

I may choose, if I feel like it, to ignore rule number 1, but your caption had better be very  funny!

If you want to argue any of the rules meet me on Facebook. My handle is CrazyByChoice.  I’ll take on all challengers with one lobe of my brain tied behind my back. Also, feel free to break any of the rules, as rules are, as any fool knows, made to be broken.

Now I can hear the mumbling out there, “Hey, man. What about the Reef Scene, man? I wanna make the scene, man.” Quit your whining, I’m coming to it.

Well, here’s a reef scene In Your Face, man! These Orange Finned Anemonefish (Amphiprion chrysopterus)  are doing the boogaloo for you:Oh, to be so carefree! The only thing that you have to worry about is something coming along out-of-the-blue, so to speak, and eating  you.

While skulking about the reef surreptitiously snapping  images of innocent critters frolicking I caught this sneaky little Dwarf Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys falco)  attempting to hide from me:Fat chance, dwarf!

And now, I shall attempt the unattemptable. I shall attempt to show you what can not be shown. These juvenile Three-Spot Dascyllus (Dascyllus trimaculatus)  are unphotographable:(Much like My Funny Valentine) If you’re puzzled, welcome to the meeting. They are the little black ones with two white spots. If you’re wondering why they are called “Three-Spot”, welcome again. What’s funnier yet is the adults are dismal grey fish with no spots at all. Nevertheless, the point is that I’ve never been able to get a shot of them because they are so very, very black. My new Canon G11 (blah, blah, blah) has made it nearly possible. Hurrah for Canon. What’s next? World Peace?

Well, we’ve time for a couple of more fillers. Here’s another A. chrysopterus  looking a little lost. He was just about to ask me, “Blubbla bulubluba bla?” when he noticed that I was not a fish:Hence the look of befuddlement. Things were getting a little swishy there on top of the reef. I had only about a metre of water above my head.

And finally, because you’ll never  get tired of looking at female Purple Anthea (Pseudanthias tuka),  here are some for you:Well, never say never.

Is it just me or is there something terribly wrong with that saying? I mean, does it make any kind of sense at all? If you can never say never then how can you ever say never say never?

Must be the drugs. Sudafed and Cipro make me dizzy.

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14 Responses to “Make the Scene, Man – at the Reef!”

  1. Steve Goodheart Says:

    Hey Jan!

    Really stunning images–wow!

    Question — that Dwarf Hawkfish –what’s with those polyp/tentacle looking things on its back fins/spines? Are those always there, and I just noticed them, or is that a parasite, or??? Just don’t think I’ve noticed that before.

    By the way, did I say these reef/coral images are f-ing stunning? They are.


  2. Steve Goodheart Says:

    “In case of fire, you have no time to look for the fire extinguisher. Take this clock and bash the fire into submission.”

    well, I tried….

  3. Steve Goodheart Says:

    “In case of fire, be sure to bring this clock with you, since we all know how time flies….”

    They’re getting worse…..

  4. Steve Goodheart Says:

    “In case of fire, kiss your ass good-bye, because you just ran out of time.”


    OK, well, I tried. (I think I just hurt myself.)

  5. MadDog Says:

    Steven, if you put hawkfish into the search box, you’ll see that most all of the species have the little spikes at the end of each dorsal spine. I don’t know what they are for, but they certainly add to the beauty of these little jewels.

    Yes, I think that you did say that. A couple of times. Go ahead say it all you want. I never get enough of myself.


  6. MadDog Says:

    A winner, as promised.

  7. MadDog Says:

    A winner. I did promise, after all.

  8. MadDog Says:

    Okay, okay, a winner, but don’t push your luck.

    Let me try one. “In case of fire, as you draw your last breath, smash this clock over your head so that the medical examiner will be able to determine your exact time of death.”

  9. larian Says:

    In case of fire……..Take a bottle of your favourite merlot and some fish and drink and eat till 2.55 o clock then jive your way over to the hose stand under it to cool down and grab another …hic hic

  10. Steve Goodheart Says:


    Yeah, I can see those spiky things on the other fish; funny how they seemed to stand out to me so much in this picture that they seemed “new” to me. Probably that new hot-rod camera of yours.

    Hey, and don’t forget those Victoria Pigeons when you get time and a chance…you called them Guri, I think.

    And since you don’t mind, 🙂 I really loved these reef shots.


  11. MadDog Says:

    {drum roll . . . }

    Larian, as promised, you are a winner!

    I especially like the Merlot and fish thing. Only nuts drink red with fish. Also, jiving is an exceptionally groovy way to move when caught in a raging fire.

  12. MadDog Says:

    They actually stand out best if you can get the fish against a distant or smooth textured background. The fish seldom cooperate.

    I’m going on a Harley ride today. I hope to see some. I’ll get some shots.

    Keep the reef shot praise coming, mate. I’m working on some new techniques that will blow your mind.

    Hey, wait. Is it possible to blow a Buddhist mind? I get the notion that they’re already pretty well blown.


  13. Ali Says:


    1. Find “time” to find the fire extinguisher. (this is a clue)
    2. Use the telephone to alert the Fire Brigade.
    3. Go home, it’s getting too hot in here anyway.
    4. Refer to option 4.

  14. MadDog Says:

    A definite winner, Ali.

    I particularly love the recursion in Option 4. It’s so culturally appropriate.