Mesoamerican reef diaries. Large reef animals

Coral reefs are not only about aquarium-like colourful fish, but also about larger dwellers: predators and good-natured guys. If the most of the coral reef fish are either well camouflaged or aggressively coloured, the big animals are usually not because they have much less natural enemies. Here are most of the large animals that inhabit…

Cavern diving in cenotes

  Cenotes are the natural sinkholes resulting from the collapse of limestone and filled with fresh water. Cenotes have played a significant role in the lives of the Mayan Indians of the Yucatan area and continue to do so today. Because this particular region of Mexico is fairly dry, with relatively no rivers or streams on…

Mesoamerican reef diaries. Macro photography

I recently had a chance to practice some macro photography underwater and I gladly embraced this possibility:) I did two dives with different focuses presets, so here will be “true”macro and portrait-like crops. You probably know this one: it’s a spotted moray eel. I found two of them inside a coral eating a dead parrotfish!…

Humming-fest!

For two month I’ve been living on Cozumel, but only now I managed to capture a feeding hummingbird properly. I’ve been sitting in wait for a couple of weeks now, and either I was slow or the hummingbird too fast, but good luck came to me just today. And I welcome it! These beauties reside in our…

Birding right out of the gate

In case you were interested in what I do when not diving, I shoot whatever animals are available:) Most of these birds I shot in our garden in Cozumel: just step outside, load your camera and wait. Tropical mockingbird is one of the most common guests. This bird has a varied and musical song, huskier than…

Mesoamerican reef diaries. Cozumel

I will never forget what I felt when I got my scuba diver certification – I literary had been dreaming every single night for more than a week that I’m in the water again exploring the seas. Took it for a sign:) Underwater world is unique. Let it be that you are dressed like an astronaut…

Mesoamerican reef diaries. Cozumel

Cozumel is a wonderful place to dive. Caribbean water is warm all year round (well, not for the locals probably:)), sea conditions are relatively calm and the beauty of the reef is more then welcoming. Mesoameriacan reef, aka Great Mayan Reef, is a marine region that stretches over 1000 km from the tip of the Yucatán Peninsula down to Belize, Guatemala and the Bay…