Eric and Hans had huge camera setups and took lots of pics on every dive. In a fit of vanity, I asked for some of the pics they took of me so I can share with family and friends.
My favorite sea-pen. This dive had more sea-pens than I’ve seen in my whole diving career.
We spent 15 minutes with this manta at Pulau Heliana, off Pulau Rote
Me with manta
I was checking out a fish. Can’t see the fish.
Releasing a baby hawksbill turtle
Obligatory beach-jumping on Jaco Island, Timor Leste
Whip coral in Timor Leste
Diving on a “ghost net” at the eastern tip of Timor Leste
Hanging on the bow of ALK
Very cool old lady on Pulau Rote, Nusa Tenggara Timor, Indonesia
One of the big adventures of my life is about to start. Part of my career change plan is to become a better writer and get some income or support from a bit of writing. There are two parts to the plan right now: 1) I have a contract to write a book about the Coral Triangle with John Beaufoy Publishing and 2) a series of articles about marine conservation in the Coral Triangle for Action Asia magazine. Both projects are with my co-author/photographer, Eric Madeja, of Treasure Images.
To start the process the first article in the series was submitted yesterday to Action Asia. The anticipation of their response is killing me. What if they hate it? What if I’m a terrible writer? Killing me!
Timor Island – Indonesia and Timor Leste
The second step is a research trip to two sites in the Coral Triangle. Tomorrow I fly to Bali, Indonesia and then to Dili, Timor Leste the next day. In Dili, I will visit the Conservation International staff and make contacts to visit the Nino Konis Santana National Park. The park is 200 km east of Dili at the far eastern tip of Timor and getting there is described as a challenge. Eric is on a sailboat on Ambon now. We are scheduled to rendez-vous at the village of Com near the national park between 9 – 11 October. There is a small beach resort there where we will leave messages for each other. When (if?) I meet Eric, I’ll sail back to Dili with them and disembark. You can follow Eric on the sailboat via http://www.winlink.org/userPositions with callsign PA2ALK.
Savu Sea area -(c) The Nature Conservancy
They will sail on to the other end of the island, 200 km west to the Indonesian town of Kupang. I will need to go through immigration and will take a bus from Dili to Kupang. In Kupang, we will meet with the Nature Conservancy staff and visit the Savu Sea Marine Park area for the next article in the series.
I’m looking forward to some ‘roughing it’ travel, some good fish, finding some reserves of patience, and a new adventure. Wish me luck!