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Green Tomatoes

What to do with green tomatoes?

We could fry them or roast them. I've read they make great chutney or even go with eggs benedict.
I might add them to a lentil stew or create a sweet and savory jam with a difference.

Or perhaps we'll just let them ripen into bright juicy red globes and enjoy in a fresh summer salad.

Photo: Robert Rath, ‘Green Tomatoes' 1/125s f/7.1 ISO800 100mm

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#greentomatoes #green #tomatoes #fruit #vegatable #garden #vine #cherrytomatoes #macro #produce #plants
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Evening Gift

Three days in a row with temperatures over 40 degreesC had taken their toll and despite the ominous clouds and the expectant change people flocked to the beaches in droves to escape the saturated heat of the suburbs.

When I got down to Henley beach around 8 pm this evening the sky was a sullen blue grey, the sun long obscured by the clouds of the coming change. No one expected what was about to take place on the seaward horizon.

About 30 minutes later a reddish glow began creeping into the distance. Deeper and deeper those oranges and reds grew as they filled the western sky, reflected in the salty wet sand and filled the Henley Beach foreshore with its golden amber glow.

People stopped what they were doing, they stared, they whispered to each other. Some took photos with their phones.

For the next 20 minutes the western horizon glowed as if lit by some unseen fire before it sank back down to a distant thin red line on the ocean before fading once again to grey.

So happy I turned up tonight for such an unexpected and beautiful evening gift.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Evening Gift' 0.3s f/10 ISO400 15mm

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#sunset #beach #henleybeach #foreshore #jetty #clouds #golden #twilight #seascape #sand #summer #holidays
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Aquatic Feathers

Last night was my first night dive for 2017. In fact it was my first dive for the new year and the conditions were perfect.

The evening star and a waxing crescent moon shone down on the water as we slipped below the surface. To the fishers on Rapid Bay jetty above it must have seemed like some mini apocalypse with our dive lights blazing and strobes firing. To the critters we were diving with most seemed unperturbed by our roving light show though I'm sure we were asked once or twice to turn our lights down or stop shining them in faces!

Despite the lovely conditions we did not see much variety in critter life so it was a dive to mostly enjoy being underwater again. Hopefully just the first of many for 2017.

One critter I always like seeing and photographing is this feathery looking thing. It is actually a worm called the Southern fan worm Sabellastarte australiensis. As those soft feathery appendages wash around in the current and surge you can never be sure just what the camera might capture the instant those strobes fire.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Aquatic Feathers' 1/160s f/18 ISO320 100mm

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#featherduster #worm #sabellastarteaustraliensis #scuba #diving #macro #ocean #rapidbay #sea #southaustralia #underwater #rapidbayjetty
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Henley Beach Moment

It has been way too long since I ventured down to our local beach to take in the salty sea air, wet sand between my toes and a gorgeous Henley Beach sunset. Even longer since I captured one.

With Adelaide's current crazy post Christmas weather, ie 40 degrees one day and 20 degrees the next, we have been getting some pretty amazing cloud formations and some gorgeous sunsets. I had a pretty good clue that tonight was going to be one of them as Jennifer and I headed down to the beach close to sunset.

A lesson I never seem to learn is to give myself time to find parking, especially during holidays on warm balmy evenings! We found a park eventually but by the time I got set up on the beach I got five shots before the sun disappeared for the night behind the cloud-bank on the horizon. Luckily for us that was just the start of the show, not the end.

For the next 30 minutes we watched the clouds above us, and in every direction to the horizon, capture the sunlight refracted, bent then diffracted through the Earth's thin atmosphere creating a stunning ever changing patchwork of golden tones. I really did not know which direction to point my camera in. It was spectacular across the entire sky.

Resorting to an old favorite view I pointed the camera out to sea and towards the jetty and waited. To my delight this young girl dragging a small boy though the baby surf made this another Henley Beach moment.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Henley Beach Moment', 1/640s f/11 ISO160 15mm

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#henleybeachjetty #sunset #beach #henleybeach #foreshore #children #play #jetty #clouds #golden #twilight #seascape #sand #summer #holidays 
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Drumming in Memoriam

I had the pleasure last night of meeting the guys from Adelaide indie rock band Neon Tetra at Jive on Hindley Street and taking in the launch of their new single Memoriam.

Despite the challenging lighting I did manage to capture a handful of moments of the band in full stride.

Here, drummer Oscar Westell lays down the rhythm in superb style.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Drumming in Memoriam', 1/25s f/2.8 ISO2500 100mm

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#neontetra #indierock #bands #jive #memoriam #oscarwestell #drummer #livemusic #music #raockbands #adelaide #hindleystreet #indie 
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Good Things Come In Threes

Or fours, or fives, or ... in fact this year has been the most extraordinary adventure for me.

I clearly remember these three male humpback whales during my recent visit to Tonga.
They were showoffs! How they came close enough to say 'look at us' but stayed far enough away to remain aloof.

They played games with each other staying just out of reach making fun of our inability to keep up or to move with their agility and grace.
They showed affection to each other with indifference to our presence.
They reminded us that this was their world and we were only welcome by their choosing.
The simply truth that they choose to be with us at all is something amazing and still fills me up with gratitude.

Looking back at my visit to Vava'u this year I am reminded how deeply my experiences with these beautiful whales has moved me.

Thank you Tony and Darren for the awareness and the inspiration.
Thank you Liam for making it real.

I am really looking forward to returning.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Good Things Come In Threes' 1/200s f/6.3 ISO320 15mm

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#humpback #whale #megapteranovaeangliae #swimming #whalewatching #tonga #vavau #kingdomoftonga #travel #ocean #cetacean #social #threesome #animal #behaviour 
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Lost At Sea

The title of this image might just a seem little strange. What in this image might be lost?

There is always a story lurking in any image. Sometimes obvious, other times it's a case of 'you had to be there'.

Despite the drama of a stormy Henley Beach sky, angry clouds and a threatening thunderstorm; as it turns out this story is far more human and personal.

A couple stands on the foreshore looking out in anticipation. About fifty meters out in chest deep water a dark figure is wading, probing the sand beneath his feet and searching.

We watched this man for more than an hour as he scanned the sea floor using an underwater metal detector searching for some lost treasure dear to the couple looking on.

In the end the darkness won the night and he abandoned his search. Perhaps he will try again tomorrow.

Photo: Robert Rath, ‘Lost At Sea' 0.3s f/9 ISO160 9mm

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#twilight #beach #henleybeach #foreshore #jetty #clouds #stormy #seascape #sand #searching #lost
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Cinnamon Scroll

Prowling the sandy bottom between the sea-grass beds of Rapid Bay, the carnivorous undulate volute (Amoria undulata) is on the hunt for other mollusks.

Up close that beautiful spiral shell reminds me of cinnamon scrolls while from a distance a tiny Dyson vacuum cleaner.

Volutes were plentiful during our recent night dive under Rapid Bay Jetty and always easy to photograph. I chose this perspective because I love the repeating geometry of sea shells just as much as I love cinnamon scrolls

Photo: Robert Rath, ‘Cinnamon Scroll' 1/160s f/18 ISO320 100mm

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#seasnail #mollusc #volute #undulatevolute #Amoria undulata #scuba #diving #macro #rapidbay #sea #southaustralia #underwater #rapidbayjetty
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Super Cute Surprise

What a super cute way to herald in a New Year of diving; my first ever sighting of a short-head seahorse, Hippocampus breviceps at Rapid Bay.

There is no reason why I should not have seen a seahorse under Rapid Bay Jetty in the hundreds of dives I have enjoyed here. I just haven't. Even my dive buddy Alexius had never seen a short-head seahorse here and he is one of the best critter spotters I know.

Actually this little guy was under the new Jetty which has a different kind of benthic structure. More sea-grasses and less algaes so maybe that has something to do with it.

Perhaps I will spend a little more time exploring the new Jetty from now on. Who knows what surprises await.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Super Cute Surprise' 1/160s f/18 ISO320 100mm

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#seahorse #shorthead #critters #Hippocampusbrevicep #scuba #diving #macro #ocean #rapidbay #sea #southaustralia #underwater #rapidbayjetty
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Sneaking Up From Behind

When the sunset plays the game of pretending to be over it pays to stay a while, to look up, to look around and to look behind.

Sneaking up from behind, the clouds, now struck with the sun's golden receding light, have become a new source to colour the world before twilight takes hold.

I wonder how many people missed it, the sun a while gone, giving attention back to evening meals, books or to a different kind glow from their coveted devices.

When it comes to sunsets and twilight it pays to stay a while and look around lest you miss something special.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Sneaking Up From Behind', 1/2s f/14 ISO160 15mm

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#sunset #beach #henleybeach #foreshore #woman #walking #jetty #clouds #golden #twilight #seascape #sand #summer #holidays #jennifer 
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Through the Fish's Eye

Perceptions are everything when it comes to seeing the beauty in our undersea landscapes but as we are not aquatic creatures we have our limits.

The colonial ascidians in the foreground are centimeters from the camera while the sunburst through the jetty structure above is more then ten meters away at the surface.

As a diver an image like this is impossible to see and nearly impossible to visualize however though the fish's eye it just might be close to the mark.

It might not be possible to see the world beneath Rapid Bay Jetty as a fish might but at least we can try.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Through the Fish's Eye', 1/160s f/14 ISO160 8mm

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#rapidbayjetty #scuba #diving #southaustralia #ascidians #sunburst #wideangle #fisheye #underwater #photography #zooids #pylons
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Downside Up

Downside upside downside up .... It's quite irrelevant to a whale's watery realm.

Meeting George this year in Vava'u, Tonga, was one of the most extraordinary moments of my life and has set things in motion I could never have envisioned.

I have already written about George and my first encounter with him in an earlier post. I've recalled how he terrified me, how he delighted me, captivated me and played with me. I have described how he lifted me gently out of the water, rolled me over and back in, then belly-rubbed me as he swam by.

George left me overwhelmingly wanting to not only share my experiences and my images, but also to encourage others to travel to Tonga. I want everyone to swim with these beautiful humpback whales and come back with their own experiences to share.

Since meeting George and the humpback whales of Tonga, I've felt a calling to do more for their cause and our marine environment. Perhaps I've already inspired others through my images and my writing.

I hope so.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Downside Up', 1/800s f/7.1 ISO160 15mm

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#humpback #whale #megapteranovaeangliae #swimming #whalewatching #tonga #vavau #kingdomoftonga #travel #ocean #cetacean #gratitude
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