The 2017 Expedition is Coming!

As I write this, we’re just a little over a week away from loading up the truck and trailer and heading south to our favorite area.  I have mixed emotions as the date looms.  On one hand, I can’t wait to get back down to my most favorite spot on the planet, and I’m so overdue for a compressed air fix, I can’t see straight.  On the other hand, money is tight as it always seems to be and with this trip, there are some logistics issues that as of yet are still unresolved.

This time around, we aren’t hauling a boat down with us.  The original plan was that we  were going to rent a boat down there.  Unfortunately, the first problem we ran into is due to life intrusions, two of our team members won’t be joining us.  Since this project is almost entirely self funded so far, this put a huge dent in the boat rental budget, putting a reasonable rental out of reach of the rest of the team.  Then, enter Irma.  At this point, I’m not sure the rental boat we considered is even available at the moment.

So, plan B (maybe C actually) is to simply go out with one of the local commercial charters.  Unfortunately at most recent check, our preferred local charter doesn’t have boats in the water yet.  Worse, at this late hour, our boat isn’t ready for the trip, so that’s not an option.

But, we will prevail.  We’re still going down, and we’re going to help the local economy with at least a few project dollars :-).  We’ll figure out the diving as we go.

On the bright side, while we’re down there, we’re hoping to check out what the Coral Restoration Foundation is doing.  They are growing coral “seedlings” in their own farms and then transplanting them on the reef to rejuvenate it.  If that’s not the kind of reef preservation and restoration we’re trying to support, I don’t know what is.

Our preferred local charter has also indicated that when they do get boats in the water they anticipate having to make a number of work dives to clean up debris from Irma.  We’ve indicated that we’re willing to help with those also.

In the mean time, we can still use all the help we can get.  If you’d like to help, perhaps you’ll check out our funding incentives page?  We’ve had a couple new contributors recently that we’ve added to the recognition page.  We’d love to add more!

Thanks for reading!  Hope to see you on the reef!

~ Steve

Under the Ledge

Here’s a new edit from our 2009 expedition images.  We’re working hard on edits from all expeditions as we try to get closer to getting the book ready.  This one, we’ve titled “Under the Ledge” gives some insight into the channels, valleys and nooks throughout the reef.

Peeeeeeeek-a-booooooooo!

Here’s another recent edit from our work.  As you may have guessed, editing is picking up the pace in anticipation of getting closer to publication.  We’ve got another expedition planned in October and we’re hoping to get over the top on the images we want to have to publish!  This image, like many others are available for purchase, and your purchase helps support our project!

Art Prints

On the Edge

We do so love these Christmas Tree Worms (Spirobranchus giganteus)!  They’re all over the reef.  Here’s another recent edit of these interesting creatures.  You can also get a print of this one on Fine Art America here.

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Under the Boat

One of the things we love about Sombrero Key is the number of fish that gather under the boats moored at the buoys!  Here’s some video we’ve recently worked on from our 2012 expedition.

New Edit!

As time permits, we’re trying to get caught up on the editing of the awesome images we’ve already captured.  Here’s another new one from our last visit:

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Turtle Smorgasbord Anyone?

One of the challenges we dealt with during the 2013 expedition was an amazing number of jelly fish.  We often had to wait for a break in the grouping of them before we could make entry on dives!   Here’s one of many jelly fish shots we captured that trip:

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