tag:para-rigger.posthaven.com,2013:/posts The Para-Rigger 2018-12-15T13:18:49Z tag:para-rigger.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1353766 2018-12-15T13:18:48Z 2018-12-15T13:18:49Z Secrets of the Magus
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tag:para-rigger.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1351422 2018-12-08T14:23:25Z 2018-12-08T14:27:55Z LRB: The Club and the Mob: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now

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tag:para-rigger.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1350124 2018-12-04T01:58:07Z 2018-12-04T01:58:07Z Fine Dining - The Invasion of Molokai and Chez Kalaupapa
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Ha!  you thought there was none on Molokai, right, ever since the Molokai Drive Inn became defunct.  Well, how wrong you would be!  Nobody knows how this started, but start it did about the time LBJ's last term was coming to an end and various groups on Oahu with access to parachutes decided to make a mass jump onto the island of Molokai and spend the weekend.  Word quickly spread and at dawn all of these various and uncoordinated groups were taking off from Hickam, Barber's Point, Kaneohe, Honolulu International...  We did not realize it, but the natives of The Friendly Isle, seeing Army, Navy, USAF, USMC and civilian parachutes descending upon them must have thought war of some sort had been declared.  Many were really freaking out.  Somebody shot a deer and we were roasting it as well as helping ourselves to a gunnysack of pineapples some thoughtful soul had removed from the clutches of the Dole Pineapple Company.  Many cases of beer also somehow arrived.  "Stolen water is sweet, food eaten in secret is delicious" so Solomon tells us through the millennia.

Well, the beer had not been stolen, but the pineapples and deer certainly were. The police, patient up to this point, realized that The Molokai Invasion was there to stay over Sunday, with a lot more jumps to come.  The Police Chief (probably the entire force) drove up in a fit of rage and ordered us off "his" island by dawn on Sunday.  Here was one man, confronting forty or fifty young males, many of them armed, more than a few of whom were drunken Marines, bothering nobody, and telling them to get the h--- out.  Talk about guts.  We cogitated: "So what is he gonna do?"  Well, of course, nothing.  What could he do?  Sunday night we left, policing up the area and leaving it better than it had been before.  Also minus about twenty thousand puncture weeds, sticking to my chute alone. No telling how many millions of those cursed things took root on Oahu in the next weeks each time somebody's ripcord was pulled.

In my young and carefree days I occasionally would fly tourists into the Kalaupapa Leper Colony, either directly or into the airport at Kaunakakai, depending what sort of trip they wanted.  If the latter, we had to ride mules down the 2000 foot cliff into the colony itself.  Boyd Bond, one of my Algebra students at Iolani, was the chief mule-skinner.  It was Boyd who presented our math room with the ultimate Christmas decoration.  It was a stump of wood, with a hole bored to accept a small branch, with a 30-'06 attached to a leafless smaller branch.  "So what is this?" I said.  "It's a cartridge in a bare tree!" he said.  So every Christmas season, to get into the spirit of things, I displayed this token of love and appreciation from Boyd.
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To make an interminable story simply long, my tourists, after an hour plus or so riding mules down the steepest trail in the world, would be getting hungry.  I would  introduce them to one of the lepers, our tour guide in the colony.  He was so outgoing and affable!  He always was!  Happy to see us!  All gnarled and humped over, with missing tips of digits and ears!  He had a wicked sense of humor too.  He would present my clients with the most gorgeous platter of sandwiches!  Really good ones...French sourdough bread, exotic cheeses and cold cuts..."We just made these this morning, especially for you!"  Well, you never saw such backtracking and hemming and hawing in your life!  "Well, er, thank you so much but I'm really not hungry just now...etc etc."  After a minute or so of this I would tell them that they had been made at a bakery on Maui for them just that morning and no leper had touched them.  They were all tightly wrapped in cellophane.  Hey, lepers have to have their fun, too!

I used to fly over to Kalaupapa with my friend Jim to deliver their newspapers.  Jim was a good-old-boy from rural Georgia and had pulled an old Aeronca Defender out from a cane field.  It had been shot down by the Japanese on December 7.  It was completely illegal to fly with only one good magneto, no fuel gauge and no altimeter.  Jim also had not gotten the wings back on right and it would flip over on its back in tight left turns.  I discovered this myself, trying to get a good view of a whale.  "Hey Jim!  Your plane flipped me upside down in a left turn!"  "Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you about that."  Jim would embarrass even me when he would beg alms from the lepers.  It now hangs from the ceiling at the Pearl Harbor Museum on Ford Island.
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There are no really, really old lepers anymore.  The sulfa drugs they take to help arrest the disease and ease the pain and "dry up" their affliction will also cause kidney failure eventually.  But that is so much better than the alternative.  The Chinese were especially vulnerable to leprosy, as were the native Hawaiians.  Haoles?  Hardly ever.  The answer to that probably lies somewhere in the human genome.  So why allow visitors?  Hansen's Disease, as it is known, is the least infectious infectious disease known to man.  And you have to be exposed very early in life...nobody under sixteen years of age was allowed to visit there. Nowadays modern pharmacology will cure it entirely if caught early enough.

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tag:para-rigger.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1349270 2018-12-01T12:43:38Z 2018-12-01T12:43:38Z Schadenfreude Time Here - Sour Grapes: The Con That Shook The World Of Wine

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tag:para-rigger.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1348497 2018-11-29T00:49:54Z 2018-11-29T00:52:22Z How Europeans Viewed The War Between The States

By Thomas DiLorenzo on Nov 27, 2018

A review of Slavery, Secession, & Civil War: Views from the United Kingdom and Europe, 1856-1865 (Scarecrow Press, 2007) by Charles Adams.
At long last Charles Adams’s new book, Slavery, Secession, & Civil War: Views from the United Kingdom and Europe, 1856-1865, has been published. I’ve been anxiously waiting for this book for about five years. The book contains about 500 pages of excerpts from European (mostly British) magazines and journals on the events leading up to the war, the war itself, and the nature of the Lincoln regime. This is a most valuable effort since the mainstream Northern press was censored during the war. Foreign writers, however, “were not arrested and imprisoned,” as they were in the North, writes Adams. “They were not silenced by aimed soldiers, mobs, or censorship of the mails,” and “their editors were not hauled off to prison,” to mention just a few of the more totalitarian acts of the Lincoln regime. Even today, writes Adams, the “gatekeepers” of “Civil War” history are “still making war on the South” by distorting history.
Although it is a very long book, I could not put it down. Nineteenth-century English commentators on the war were remarkably astute, well informed, and articulate in expressing their views—so astute as to make your typical mainstream “Lincoln scholar” of today sound like an uneducated boob. There were supporters of both North and South in the European press, although many Northern supporters switched sides once they began observing the behavior of Dishonest Abe and his regime. They all opposed slavery very strongly, but those who supported the Southern cause believed that the North’s invasion of the Southern states had nothing to do with freeing the slaves.
During the 1856-1860 period, writes Adams, quite a few British editors “saw the separation of the North and South as a good thing,” and believed that “slavery had no significant part in the conflict.” For example, Chamber’s Journal of Popular Literature, Science and Arts, one of the “workingman’s journals,” wrote on March 21, 1857, that a major source of conflict was that Northern business interests wanted the South to “consent to the high protective tariff,” and if they did, “anti-slavery agitation would stop.” “Antislavery agitation” meant opposition to the extension of slavery, not Southern slavery. Pretending to want to “check the progress of slavery” in this way “has been only a disguise under which to advance the interests of the [Republican] party.”
This publication also noted that the black population of the North was generally treated as inhuman. “In scarcely any of the large cities of the North did they [blacks] escape violence” at the hand of whites. It was hardly likely, therefore, that Northern whites would fight a war and die by the hundreds of thousands purely for the benefit of black strangers, as has been taught to generations of American school children.
The Edinburgh Review was a prominent British journal that observed in 1858 that “abolition was not a policy of the North,” and that secession would actually spell the end of slavery because it would no longer be propped up by the federal government’s Fugitive Slave Act. This view was echoed by other high-quality British publications such as Fraser’s Magazine and The Saturday Review, among others. Thus, the most prominent British journals agreed on the eve of the War with a statement that Alexander Stephens would make five or six years later, that slavery was actually “more secure” in the union than out of it.
A British publication called The Quarterly Review ran a long article in April 1857 on the New York State Disunion Convention. The stridently pro-North Westminster Review, founded by philosophers James Mill (father of John Stuart Mill) and Jeremy Bentham, also wrote that “Massachusetts was, we believe, the first State which organized Disunion Associations.”
Who has ever run across that fact in an American history book?! The magazine also wrote of a Massachusetts secession convention that was held around the same time in the town of Worcester.
Perhaps the most influential pro-South journal in England was All the Year Round, edited by Charles Dickens. Writing on “The American Disunion” on September 6,1861, Dickens recognized that the opposition to slavery extension in the territories was not based on moral, but political and economic grounds. It was “a question of political power between North and South” because of the Three-Fifths Clause of the Constitution, which added three persons to a state’s population count for every five slaves. This inflated the South’s representation in Congress, which in turn allowed the South to effectively oppose the North’s corporatist or mercantilist agenda of high tariffs, corporate welfare, and a government-ran central bank.
The Morrill Tariff was the main cause of the war as Dickens saw it. “Union means so many millions a year lost to the South [due to high protective tariffs on manufactured goods]; secession means the loss of the same millions to the North. The love of money is the root of this as of many, many other evils.” “The quarrel between the North and South,” Charles Dickens believed, “is … solely a fiscal quarrel.” (Dickens entertainingly wrote of how Lincoln “came across as a bit of a country bumpkin” to those Europeans who had met him.)
The Quarterly Review agreed wholeheartedly with Dickens, calling the protectionist tariff a “revolting tribute” paid to Northern businessmen by Southerners who “had been groaning for years under the crashing bondage of Northern protectionists.” This publication also noted that the Republican Party platform of 1860 supported the “inviolate rights of the states,” especially “the right of each State to order and control its own domestic institutions” (i.e., slavery); that Lincoln strongly supported his party’s platform; and that he also supported the notorious Corwin Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would have enshrined slavery in the Constitution explicitly. (The Amendment passed the House and Senate before Lincoln’s inauguration, with exclusively Northern votes.) These are all facts that few, if any, American school students are ever made aware of but which were well known all around the world in the 1860s.
The Athenaeum, a London journal that published such famous authors as T.S. Eliot, George Santayana, and Thomas Hardy, echoed Dickens’s views regarding the economic causes of the war, and excoriated Lincoln as a dictator and a tyrant. “President Lincoln … suspended the writ of habeas corpus. He has muzzled the press and abridged the freedom of speech…. He has, without authority of law and against the Constitution … plunged the country into war, murdered … citizens, burned … houses…. He has seized unoffending citizens [of the North], and, … has imprisoned them in loathsome dungeons.” Moreover, “under the tyrant’s plea, he is proceeding to do a great many acts and things which would more become the savage and the brute.”
Blackwood’s Magazine, which is still being published, argued in 1861 that “slavery had no significant part in the conflict.” The union, through the Fugitive Slave Act, protected slavery, said Blackwood’s, repeating the view of other British journals that secession would actually lead to the demise of slavery by nullifying that federal law. The tariff laws, on the other hand, were “ruinous to the South.” They were “the chief complaint of the South,” and “have been for thirty years oppressive and unjust.” As for Lincoln, “He may possibly be a good attorney,” the magazine wrote, “though we should never have selected him as a legal adviser.”
By 1862, Blackwood’s was denouncing the Lincoln regime as “[M]onstrous, reckless, devilish.” ‘The North seeks to make the South a desert—a wilderness of bloodshed and misery,” and all for money. “The North would league itself with Beelzebub, and seek to make a hell of half the continent.” Lincoln had “inaugurated dictatorship” and “abolished liberty” in the North. ‘Taxes had been imposed, debt incurred, and paper money issued, to the fullest amount possible.” All of this is what today’s court historians call “a new birth of freedom.”
The events of the War proved to Blackwood’s that the “Yankees” of New England “do not care a straw for the Constitution,” for “they have sacrificed both legality and liberty long ago.” Nor did the Yankees “care a cent for the abolition of slavery on the day when the South inaugurated the war by the attack on Fort Sumter.” “With Mr. Lincoln at their head,” they “would have rejoiced exceedingly if the whole race could be transported to their native Africa.”
The prestigious Economist magazine, which is still one of the preeminent publications in the world, editorialized in 1861 that what motivated the North was its obsession for empire. “They have dreamed of omnipotence and immortality; and they feel, with angry disappointment and bitter humiliation, that such a disruption as now seems almost consummated is a deplorable end to all these ambitious hopes and all this … self-glorification.” The magazine published both pro-North and pro-South articles during the course of the war, and its analysis was always very astute.
Fraser’s Magazine, a high-quality publication that won high praise from Charles Dickens, editorialized that “it appears impossible to sympathize with the North” because the North was motivated not by humanitarianism or constitutionalism, but “jealousy, fanaticism, and wounded national vanity.”
By 1865, some British journals, such as MacMillan’s magazine, were expressing fears that the U.S. government, having destroyed the Confederacy, would turn on England next. England had traded with the Confederates, and after the war the Republican Party regime did arrogantly demand “reparations” from Great Britain for this “sin.” Thus, MacMillan’sasked, “Will [the U.S. government] be tempted to employ these [military] forces in an attack upon any foreign country?—and if so, will England be the country attacked?”
Quite a few British publications understood the War as the final showdown between the true federalists (Jeffersonian states’ rights advocates) and the nationalists that animated the American government from its founding. The North British Review, for example, wrote in May of 1861 that “The whole South stand upon State rights, or a nearly sovereign exercise of power; and a majority in the North sustains Federalism, or the delegation of a portion of that power to the national Government.”
Summing up American events in 1862, the Review wrote that the essence of the War was that “twenty million say to the other ten millions, ‘You shall continue to live under a government you detest, you shall submit to laws you wish to change, you shall obey rulers you repudiate and abjure.’” Only a “‘nisi riius’ [trial] lawyer could deny the right of a state to secede,” the magazine wrote, in what appears to have been a slap at Dishonest Abe the old railroad industry’ trial lawyer.
The Review had nothing but seething contempt for the Lincoln regime. “Mr. Seward has been one of the most signal failures ever known,” it wrote in 1862. And “Mr. Stanton has made up for want of real vigour and talent, by a lawless, fitful, and ineffective violation of the civil rights of every [Northern] citizen whom he fancied he could oppress with impunity.” Furthermore, “looking over all the … chief Federal authorities … never was a country so miserably served.”
Nor was the Review fooled by the Emancipation Proclamation. It clearly understood that by applying only to “rebel territory,” the Proclamation freed no one. It was denounced as “perhaps the most grotesquely illogical and inconsistent decree ever issued by a government.” It catalogued numerous reasons why it believed the Proclamation was “a blunder and a crime.” The real cause of the War, the Review believed, was so that “a mighty conception of universal empire may be realized.”
The humorous journal Punch published hundreds of editorial cartoons related to the War. One particularly eye-catching one reproduced by Adams is entitled “The Federal Phoenix,” published in December of 1864. A giant Lincoln head is the head of a “phoenix,” a mythical bird of ancient Egypt which, according to Adams’s account, “was consumed voluntarily by fire and rose again from its own ashes to a youthful life.”
There is a blazing fire in the cartoon, and the crumbling logs in the fire represent the old Jeffersonian republic of the founders that was facing imminent destruction. Written on the logs are “low tariff and world trade”; “United States Constitution”; “states’ rights”; “habeas corpus”; and “free press.”
The Quarterly Review went so far as to say that “there was little difference … between the government of Mr. Lincoln and the Government of Napoleon III.” The reason given for this harsh condemnation was that in the Northern states “scarcely any dared to oppose” the party in power for fear of “a charge of treason”; there has been “the manipulation of elections”; “pitiless conscription”; and “disregard of personal liberty” (in the North, mind you). Moreover, “There is no Parliamentary authority whatever for what has been done. It has been done simply on Mr. Lincoln’s fiat.” He declared himself dictator, in other words, all in the name of promoting “freedom.”
This magazine was just getting started: “Mr. Lincoln is a poor plagiarist in the art of tyranny. There is nothing striking or original in his proceedings; his plan is just like that of any Old-world despot, to crush out adverse opinion by sheer force.” These awful precedents created a situation whereby “it is now the undisputed law of the United States that a President may suspend civil liberty whenever and for as long as he thinks fit.” Wilson, FDR, and George W. Bush, among others, have all proven this prediction to be prescient.
The prestigious Times (of London) turned against the North as the war proceeded, editorializing that the North was fighting for “nothing more than the old idea of Empire and national grandeur expressed in more specious language.” It harshly condemned the Republican Party for putting “empire above liberty” and having “resorted to political oppression and war rather than suffer any abatement of national power.”
Adams includes a few excerpts from French, Spanish, and Italian publications as well, but they seem quite feeble compared to the extraordinarily well-informed and incredibly well-written British essayists that he surveys.
The most striking thing to me about this collection of essays is how so many of them supported the Southern cause simply because the writers were aware of many of the essential facts about Lincoln, his regime, and the War—facts that most Americans seem completely unaware of. They all knew about his promise of everlasting support for Southern slavery, his eagerness to codify it in the Constitution, his dictatorial destruction of personal liberty in the North, and his waging of a barbaric war on the civilians of the South. They also knew that the Republican Party was the party of political plunder, and that it fully intended to plunder the South economically with protectionist tariffs and corporate welfare funded by a central bank, among other schemes.
These and many other facts have been swept under the rug by generations of American “gatekeepers” in academe and elsewhere. Most Americans today are so ignorant of this period of history that all they know about it is a few of Dishonest Abe’s political slogans and a little nineteenth century Republican Party propaganda. This propaganda is repeated over and over and over again in the public schools, by all the “Lincoln scholars,” and by (mostly) contemporary Republican Party politicians and their media mouthpieces.
The Lincoln Myth is the ideological cornerstone of the American empire and its sole claim to moral authority. Thanks to Charles Adams, we now know that during Lincoln’s time there were a great many highly educated and articulate Europeans who saw this spectacular bundle of lies for what it was.
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tag:para-rigger.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1346734 2018-11-23T10:24:19Z 2018-11-23T10:24:19Z Eight All-Time Epic Food Wars

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I confess to eating ketchup (and mayonnaise) on hot dogs.  In private, of course.  But anyone who would even think of eating clam chowder with tomatoes...
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tag:para-rigger.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1344798 2018-11-17T18:33:56Z 2018-11-18T16:51:55Z Six Great Culinary Adventures
I.  In the mess  

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In early 1942, Dad was called up for duty at Camp Roberts, California, where he became close friends with Louis Zamperini, the Olympian miler and famous POW.  (I have a picture of the two of them climbing telephone poles for stringing wire.)  To make an interminable story simply short, Dad was given the responsibility of being in charge of the mess halls for his company.  Dad, on a good day, could boil water without burning it, maybe.  "Everybody in the Army was doing jobs three levels above their competence" he said.  Well, the men were about to revolt.  I mean, violently.  He was really afraid for his life.  Dad changed the jello ratios (this couldn't possibly be right!) and you couldn't cut the jello with a fork.

A young Chinese-American private said "Captain, I know how to save you from this."  Dad:  "Really, you do?" "Yessir, my parents and grandparents and great-grandparents have had restaurants in San Francisco since the time of the gold rush."  "Well, Private Chang, you are now Mess Sergeant Chang!"  Major Chang, in charge of the 101st Airborne Commissary, was killed at the Bulge in 1945.

II.  Out The Back Of Beyond  

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I wanted to take my son George swimming so we could feel just what it was like near the place where lava flowed into the ocean. (Very warm!)  We had to drive about seventy-five miles around the flow, on the back end, to avoid the police barriers.  At one of the little Hawaiian villages (Kalapana?) on the other side of Mauna Loa we stopped at a restaurant and I ordered the clam chowder.  Clam chowder in Hawaii!  No way, Hose-A!  Hawaii ain't got no clams!  But it was the best clam chowder I have ever had in my life!

Demanding to see the chef, this young man came out and said that he came from New England, was a member of the Culinary Institute of America and he was "cooking his way around the world".  Ordered frozen clams from Boston.  The best chowdah, brahs!  Never had the like since. 

III.  In The Land Of The Tango, The Perons And The Banana Split

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In Buenos Aires you could order a succulent steak for an American dollar.  It slopped over the sides of the platter!  With potatoes and a vegetable!  I noticed on the menu that there was a banana split for $1.25!  "This I gotta see."  So I ordered it and waited and waited...nada.  Finally I got up to leave.  "No no Senor!  The chef is not finished yet!"  I sat myself back down and two waiters brought out his...creation.  A half-dozen scoops of ice cream!  Three or four bananas!  Whipped cream towers with Nabisco draw bridges and crenelated castles!  Cherries on top of everything!  "I can't possibly eat this.  It is a work of art.  Share it with the patrons here."  Gave the pastry chef a five dollar tip and departed.

Ben met Anna,
Made a hit.
Neglected beard.
Ben-Anna split.  -  Burma Shave

IV.  In The Antipodes: Crocodiles, Blackboys and Roo-Tail Stew

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South of Bunbury, West Australia, is just about as far as you can get from Concord, New Hampshire without getting your feet wet in the Indian Ocean.  Escaping from a really bad maths conference in Adelaide, I hearkened to the call of my hunting buddies, tourist guides and kangaroo hunters for an Australian dog food company south of Perth.  Kangaroos are not the cute little animals as portrayed by A.A. Milne, but stupid and vicious (when cornered) marsupials who will try to gut you with their six-inch hind claw if they can.  (One had attacked me in Melbourne twelve years previously.)  Armed with shotguns and rifles, we set forth.  There are millions of kangaroos in West Australia, and you can shoot as many as you want, every day and night.  They are a plague to automobile drivers and farmers.  They will hop right in front of your car with no warning whatsoever.  Hence every car has a "roo bar" like a cow catcher on the old trains.  You can't drive a mile without seeing a dead roo by the side of the highway.

Being rather exhausted, I shed some clothing to take a dip in the ocean.  "Get out of there!" said the head hunter.  "Why?" I innocently asked.  "Salties, Mate!"  Having little desire to meet up with a salt-water crocodile, I immediately (sooner than that) complied.

You do not really hunt animals in Australia.  Fauna of every variety outnumber humans to an extent known only to early Americans.  You basically just go where they are and shoot them.  I got some taste of this in California on one of those pheasant shoots where drivers, with their dogs, release the birds, a few dozen at a time and drive them toward you.  I wounded a bird and shot it walking on the ground.  "Haven't I taught you a thing about shooting?" erupted my father.  (And since when had my father, a hater of the outdoors in general and Mother Nature in particular, become a "sportsman?")  "You wait until it stops!" he said.  "No sense in wasting ammunition on another miss!"  Dad was of the "If ever you get in a fair fight, you have screwed up" school of thought.  

Boy, was it cold in August!  Shivering, we set alight a blackboy, a sort of grass tree which will burst aflame and give off a terrific heat for a minute or so.  Thousands of them.  Pick one.  Not to worry, they grow back within a year totally unharmed.  On the horizon, we saw other blackboys flare up, from other hunters.

Looking up, I got dizzy for a second.  What was Scorpio doing way up there?  Back in Bakersfield, California, Scorpio's tail was floating just above our backyard fence.  [Back in Hawaii, this constellation is called Maui's Fishhook, that dredged up the island chain.]  Perhaps the earth really isn't flat after all.

At 3 AM we trooped into the bunkhouse for a meal.  "What is this, oxtail stew?" I asked the cook lifting some sort of spine from my bowl.  "No, mate, that's the tail of the roo you shot an hour ago."  Ah, to be sure.  That explained the buckshot I charnked down on a minute before.  Rootail stew. Rather tasteless, actually.  Roos have no fat on them.  MacDonald's used it for hamburger helper for years before word got out. "Oh no!  We're eating Kanga" said the fast-food junkies.  (But apparently it was OK to eat a cow.)  Japan still imports roo meat by the ton.

V.  Chèvre, à la Mongol

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Yes, I have spared you a picture of a goat on a spit.  Besides, Mongolian children are the cutest in the world.  My wife, a fine judge of such things, agrees wholeheartedly.

"How many of you like Mongolian barbecue?" asked Colonel Batbaatar, a faint whisp of a smile playing over his lips.  Well, I mean, who doesn't?  We, all twenty or so American and Canadian parachutists raised our hands in the affirmative.  "You just think you have had Mongolian barbecue", he said. "Tonight we will have the real thing." We were at the Army's Parachute Rigging School just outside Ulaanbaatar and the Army was going to treat us to a real Mongolian barbecue after a hard day of jumping and parachute packing. We were right on the Great Silk Road with migrating camel trains sauntering nearby and had had fermented mare's milk, yak milk, throat singing, horse racing and wrestling at the Naadam Festival and I don't know what else inflicted upon us.  I wasn't sure what "real" Mongolian barbecue consisted of but we were about to find out.  Mongolia, about the size of France, has twenty times the goats and sheep as it does people.  Very much like New Zealand in that regard. 

A goat was brought out to us on a spit, still smoking.  At least the hair was smoking.  The goat was intact, horns and all, looking at us (accusingly?) with heat glazed-over eyeballs.  We were each given a knife and fork, and told to dig into the stomach area. Surprisingly, it wasn't at all bad, once you got over the shock of eating the intact animal right there.  I believe everyone else in the world skins the goat first before cooking it.  But what would you expect from a parachute rigging school where you had to take a shot of Chinggis Khan vodka at the slightest infraction of any kind throughout the day?  There was more than a little vodka swigging at dinner that night, 'tis true.

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VI.  Thanksgiving 1969 And Our Little Father -  The Best Dinner In the World, And One Of The Worst

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I cannot help but recall 1969's Thanksgiving Dinner in Spaso House, the American Ambassador's residence.  Thanksgiving and the Marine Ball are the two November events in Moscow nobody wants to miss, especially with the onslaught of winter.  Everybody working for the American, British, Canadian, Australian and new Zealand Embassies is invited.  Hundreds of people!  Our Commissary Officer, fresh out of college in Alabama came upon a freight car full of okra somewhere and bought it on the cheap.  Okra, a dollar a pound! in the embassy storehouse the paper told us.  Two takers, the officer and the doctor, from Arkansas.  Okra:  50 cents a pound.  Zip.  25 cents!  Nope.  Free Okra! exclaimed the embassy newspaper.  Again zip.  Well, that thanksgiving all of us had fried okra, baked okra, fricasseed okra, okra au gratin, okra avec okra...you name it, we had it!  Ambassador Beam had hit upon a solution.  The eager young commissary officer was stationed elsewhere.  "But I thought everyone liked okra" he exclaimed.  

It was a really, really cold night at the Yaroslavl Train Depot.  Even the natives thought so.  Forty degrees below zero and falling.  At that temperature, smoke from the chimneys would freeze and gently roll down the roof and lie upon the ground, a beautiful gray fog.  I had taken the train up from Moscow with a friend at embassy, to help with interviewing the Russian champion female parachutist for Parachutist Magazine.  Since we were late and knew the hotel restaurant would be closed, we opted to eat at the station.  I ordered the Bouef Stragonov.  (No, it is not Bouef Stragonoff!)  Wowzers!  Broke da mouth, Brah!  I asked to see the chef!  This middle-aged woman came out, apron and toque and everything.  "This is the very best meal I have ever had!"  I said.  "Well, it was Our Little Father's favorite too."  "Our Little Father?" I inquired.  "Why, yes.  Tsar Nicholas was Our Little Father.  My grandfather was his personal chef and I inherited all of his recipes."  "You could make a zillion rubles opening a restaurant in Paris with this."  "It would be forbidden".   

How my life has degenerated.  Now it is a big deal to get "Two Whoppers For Six Dollars" at Burger King.
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 This shows the rise and fall from 1960 to the current time.  Interesting to watch China fall off the chart and then climb its way right back on the chart to number 2.


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One day, during a break in Parliamentary Debate, Churchill visited the men’s room.  As he was using the urinal, the great Liberal, Herbert Asquith, came in and began to use the urinal next to him. Churchill became visibly uncomfortable, and Asquith teased him about it  “What’s the matter Winston, am I making you uncomfortable?  Churchill replied, “Well, I am uncomfortable.  Every time you fellows see something large, you want to nationalize it.”
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Oh, hi Mr. Bear.  I didn't really mean to meet up with you here in Svalbard, heh!  OK, I'm leaving..."
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tag:para-rigger.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1335502 2018-10-24T05:40:22Z 2018-10-24T05:49:44Z Great Historical Photos


While a photo can be worth a thousand words, historical photos are worth so much more than that. A good historical photo can throw us into a different time, enabling us to empathize with a particular moment that is otherwise hard to imagine. We gathered some amazing photos that capture moments that are worth reflecting on. All of the photos are real, with no photo-shopping or editing whatsoever.


O.J. Simpson running from the police on June 17, 1994.

Kiss                                                          Goodbye

American soldiers saying goodbye to their loved ones before leaving to Egypt in 1963.

The Blue                                                          Tattoo

Olive Oatman was a 13-year-old Mormon pioneer who traveled west toward Zion in 1851. On her way, she was captured by Yavapai Indians who murdered her family and made her their slave. She lived as a slave for a year before being traded to the Mohave, who tattooed her face and raised her as their own. Even though she was happy among the Mohaves, at 19 she was ransomed back to white society. She became instantly famous, but the price of fame was high and the pain of her ruptured childhood lasted a lifetime.

WWII                                                          Athletic Club

Strange WWII Picture: German women line up for inspection by gym teacher.

Under                                                          Construction

Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, 1934.

First                                                          Class

Air hostess and steward serving Scandinavian country style buffet, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, 1969.

Free Borsht

A Ukrainian-American family celebrates the death of Stalin, 1953.

Open-air                                                          Schools

A forgotten age of open-air schools in the Netherlands, 1957.

A Lot                                                          Have Changed

Women protesting forced Hijab, a few days after the revolution in Iran, 1979.


German prisoners of war in American camps are shown footage of German concentration camps, 1945.

Murder by                                                          sword

Using a traditional Japanese blade, 17-year-old Yamaguchi assassinates socialist politician Asanuma in Tokyo, as it was captured on live television in 1960.

Break                                                          Down

U.S. President Lyndon Johnson listens to a tape sent by Captain Charles Robb (his son-in-law) from Vietnam, 1968.


The wives of the astronauts on the Apollo 8 mission, the moment they heard their husbands voices from orbit, 1968.

Deadwood                                                          1876

The settlement of Deadwood began illegally in the 1870s on land which had been granted to Native Americana. In 1874, Colonel George Armstrong Custer led an expedition into the Black Hills and announced the discovery of gold on French Creek near present-day Custer, South Dakota. This announcement triggered the Black Hills Gold Rush and gave rise to the new and lawless town of Deadwood.

Easter                                                          Eggs

U.S. soldiers of 969th Field Artillery Battalion decorate shells they're delivering to the front line in Germany, 1944.


Boy receiving a new pair of shoes at an orphanage in Austria, 1946.

Si Si Si

The headquarters of Benito Mussolini's National Fascist Party in Rome, 1934.

Exposing                                                          the Sphinx

The Great Sphinx of Giza partially excavated, 1860's.

A Toast

December 5th, 1933: The day when nationwide alcohol ban was repealed.

Ancient                                                          Seal

The 3245-year-old seal on Tutankhamen's tomb before it was broken in 1922.

The                                                          Big                                                          Three

Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill meet at the Tehran Conference, 1943.

Polluted                                                          Skies

1966: Before the creation of the EPA, New York was one of America's most polluted cities.

A Break                                                          From War

Red Army soldier with a kitten during WWII.

Having                                                          Fun

Princess Diana and Prince Harry at an amusement park, April 1992.

Math on                                                          the Pavement

Female Soviet college students studying for their exams in a park in the late 1960s.

The                                                          Snipers

Female Snipers of the 3rd Shock Army, 1st Belorussian Front, 1945.

Satisfied                                                          Audience

Marilyn Monroe performing for the thousands of allied troops in Korea, February 11th, 1954.

Looking for employment in 1930

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"I know 3 trades, I speak 3 languages, fought for 3 years, have 3 children and no work for 3 months. But I only want one job."

Ku Klux Klan on a ferris-wheel, 1925

Ku Klux                                                          Klan on a                                                          ferris-wheel                                                          1925

It appears that some human traits still remained within them.

Dorothys                                                          Rest

Judy Garland taking a break during filming of The Wizard of Oz, 1938.

Jesse Owens wins gold in Nazi Germany, 1936

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Despite all the hate, he proved to be the best!




tag:para-rigger.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1334930 2018-10-22T16:38:39Z 2018-10-22T16:47:55Z Winning Photos of 2018 Underwater Photographer Contest

The Winning Photos Of The 2018 Underwater Photographer Contest Show How Stunning Is The Ocean

Underwater Photographer of the year contest awards those who use their creative skills to capture the stunning beauty of ocean and marine life. The winners of this year contents have been announced, photographers from 63 countries submitted over 5,000 photos in 11 categories.

  • 1

    British Waters Compact Category: “Peek-A-Boo!” By Martin Edser, UK

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    "It's always fun to dive with and photograph seals but this encounter was extra special. I had not seen any on this dive probably because it was late afternoon and they were enjoying a sensible nap on shore. I was beginning to lose hope when out of nowhere a head popped up out of the kelp and gave me an inquisitive stare. It disappeared again as quickly as it appeared only for the head to pop up again a few moments later in what I can only describe as a game of 'Peek-a boo'! The water was murky and flash was not really an option, but we were shallow and it was a bright afternoon so anticipating where the head was likely to appear and using a wide aperture and as fast shutter speed as I could, allowed me to capture this memorable experience and the face of my playmate."

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  • Portrait Category Winner: “A Sand Tiger Shark Surrounded By Tiny Bait Fish” By Tanya Houppermans, USA

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    "I always look forward to diving the wreck of the Caribsea and seeing the fierce-looking, but docile, sand tiger sharks that frequent the wreck. On this day as I descended to the wreck, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Millions of tiny fish, collectively known as "bait fish", were grouped together in an enormous bait ball above the wreck, with dozens of sand tigers lazily meandering among the fish. As I slowly swam to the center of the bait ball, I looked up and noticed a sand tiger a few feet above me. I swam on my back underneath her, trying not to startle her. As I moved with the shark through the water the bait fish parted way, giving me a clear shot of the underside of this beautiful shark, and also one of the most incredible experiences I've had yet as an underwater photographer."

  • 3

    Black & White Category: “Morning Flight” By Filippo Borghi, Italy

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    "During spring time from April to June on the coast of Baja California we can witness one of the most impressive migrations of the sea. Thousands of mobula ray's migrate along this coast. I try many times to find this incredible behavior but some how this has not occurred. This year, during a morning safari on the sea we saw a different group of beautiful mobular. I jumped in the water and we followed them for a couple of hours and during this time a small group moved into a shallow area where I was able to shoot in great light."

  • 4

    Macro Category: “Pretty Lady” By Tianhong Wang, China

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    "This is a Japanese pygmy seahorse, a lot of creatures in order to protect themselves, will stay in their own and similar color environment, so the adjacent color in the natural color will be easier to find. When I took this shoot, I used a large aperture and tried a variety of different combinations of lighting methods to blur the background to highlight the subject, but at the same time using the adjacent colors in the background, and then vivid contrast in harmony. The purpose is to make it a more unified background and subject, with a pink background to set off the subject, can make it a lovely character, give a better impression."

  • 5

    Wide Angle Category: “Blacktip Rendezvous” By Renee Capozzola, USA

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    "In French Polynesia, there is a healthy shark population thanks to their strong protection. It is my favourite place to photograph sharks as they often frequent shallow waters, which are perfect for split shots. It was my intention to go out at sunset and try to capture an over-under of the sharks. This shot was challenging as there was only a short time period when the sun was at the horizon and it required multiple attempts over several days. A small aperture, large dome port, and flash were used for this image. Sadly, up to 100 million sharks are lost every year, mainly due to overfishing and the high demand for shark fin soup. Sharks signify a balanced marine ecosystem. It is my hope that images such as this will capture peoples' attention and help raise awareness for sharks and other marine animals throughout the world."

  • 6

    Wide Angle Category Winner: “Humpback Whale Spy Hopping” By Greg Lecoeur, France

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    "Each year, I go to Tonga to lead a small group of nature enthusiasts to photograph humpback whales. Tonga offers probably the best opportunity to interact with the whales in blue water. This year was very special, with my friends we had sone of my best moments in my underwater photographer's life: Very curious and playful whales came to investigate us and adopt the spy hopping posture in front of our masks. Although weighing several tens of tons this mammal showed incredible agility and power in holding itself vertically in the water. It was very impressive and we could feel the power of nature but we were also invaded at the same time a feeling of gentleness. I had the chance to freeze this moment with a split shot to recreate a spectacular moment."

  • 7

    Macro Category Winner: “Seahorse Density” By Shane Gross, Canada

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    "The pond I was in has the highest density of seahorses on Earth, but I?ve never seen three together like this before. I was camping on shore and had all night to shoot with the idea of backlighting a single seahorse, but finding three together was a real gift. I was super careful not to disturb them because they will swim away if they?ve had enough. I had my off-camera strobe and an underwater flashlight on a small tripod which I placed behind and below the trio. Then I waited for them to all turn in way that you could see their silhouette. The sun was setting and as it got darker the plankton really began to pile up. When the seahorses ate some of the plankton I could tell they were relaxed. We are still working on getting this special place protection so I cannot reveal the exact location."

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    Black & White Category Winner: “Crocodile Reflections” By Borut Furlan, Slovenia

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    "When diving was finished for the day, I asked the divemaster to take me back again to a place, where seawater crocodiles are usually seen. I wanted to shoot them in low evening sunlight, when the sky turns into warm colours. When we arrived, the sun was already on the horizon and it was very dark in the water. I pushed ISO settings high to get some warm ambient light into the picture and set the power of my strobes low. Fortunately the crocodile was very cooperative and since we were both very calm, beautiful reflections appeared on the surface. I shot many images with his reflections and this one was my favourite. Since there is a strong graphic element in this picture, conversion into black and white made it even more powerful."

  • 9

    Macro Category: Runner Up “Friend Or Food?!” By Songda Cai, China

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    "I've had many encounters with this conger eel and I've have taken a few photos, but never have I seen it in such a picturesque manner as this, As if drawing you in by coiling its body and at the same time darting its eyes on a lone prey – it is because of breathtaking sights like this that I fell in love with underwater photography and to do it justice I really aimed to capture the moment in perfect detail. To capture the intricate details of the subject, proper strobe positioning was the key factor in getting the shot that I wanted as even a little error in lighting would rob the picture of its immaculacy."

  • 10

    Macro Category: “Black-Saddle Snake Eel” By Marchione Dott. Giacomo, Italy

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    "TK3 dive site, looking for some organism to photograph, when from the sandy bottom comes the muzzle of a eel Moray eel (Black-Saddle Snake Eel (Ophichthus cephalozona) and around her a shrimp scavenger (Periclimenes venustus). The shrimp rises on the muzzle of the moray eel and balances like an acrobat on it, for a unique photo and for a unique duet."

  • 11

    Wide Angle Category: “Breathtaking” By Tobias Friedrich, Germany

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    "We found a pod of Orcas that were circling some herring caught in a net. The animals keep circling the net and we could approach them easily to take some close up shots."

  • 12

    Portrait Category: “A Reflective Green Turtle Hatchling” By Matt Curnock, Australia

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    "This green turtle (Chelonia mydas) hatchling was photographed in the world's first turtle health research facility, 'The Caraplace', at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. The facility caters for the needs of turtles under near-natural conditions and enables researchers to study turtle health up close, to better understand the management of diseases and the environmental conditions that affect turtle populations globally. Photographed under carefully controlled conditions, this healthy hatchling was playful and inquisitive, frequently approaching and nudging the camera, myself, and other objects in its temporary home. When relaxing at the surface, hatchlings will tuck their front flippers 'behind their back' – changing their silhouetted shape from below and potentially reducing the likelihood of being noticed by predators. It was a wonderful opportunity to observe and photograph such a beautiful creature this closely, while learning about the research and efforts to protect marine turtle populations facing global environmental change."

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    Behaviour Category: “The Fisherman” By Filippo Borghi, Italy

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    "In winter time in the Izu peninsula in tokio area the asiatic cormorant stop for couple of month before moving to China. So this is the best moment for try to shoot this amazing sea bird during diving and fishing. I Was in this area and I spent two days in a very shallow waters from 5m to 8m waiting for the opportunity to take a right moment for have this photos. Luckily four birds for two days stay in this aera in search of sardine and don't care about my presence during his diving session give me the chance to sort it."

  • 14

    Portrait Category Runner Up: “The Nose” By Mike Korostelev, Russian Federation

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    "The picture was taken in Kuril Lake ? the place with the highest concentration of bears on our planet. The bears here are not hungry (due to the annual mass spawning of sockeye salmon) so they get used to people and do not feel danger from them. I used a remote control system with a 10 meter cable. I left the camera in the shallow water in the river next to the path that bears regularly pass and hid 8 meters from the camera. This day my camera was spotted by four cubs, which were walking along the path with their mother. The mother stopped and began to look out for the fish in the river, and the cubs saw the camera, they were very curious and began to play with it."

  • 15

    Up & Coming Category Runner Up: “The Hammer” By Jacob Degee, Poland

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    "It was the last day of the Enigma Team shark expedition to Bahamas. The last day and I was still missing a shot I came here to take. We went down. The day before there was a storm and we did not see anything. But they were back. Glorious, mighty, curious but shy four meter long ladies. The Great Hammerheads were slowly circulating around us. It was my last chance. The last opportunity to do what I had in my mind for months. "Stay calm, be patient" was constantly echoing in my mind. Sitting on a soft sandy bottom, facing against the sun I could have only waited. And there she was coming directly at me…"

  • 16

    Compact Category: “Tres Amigos” By Sarah Vasend, USA

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    "This was taken on the last day of my trip to La Paz, Mexico. Los Islotes is one of my favorite dive sites, well known for its sea lion colony. This group of three were some very friendly juveniles that were playing in a cave. These pups are easily amused and make for cooperative photo subjects! Make sure all equipment is firmly attached, there may have been some lens covers lost in the taking of this photo!"

  • 17

    Behaviour Category: “Attack” By Mika Saareila, Finland

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    "It took a lot of time and effort to get this picture. I backlit the fish with snooted flash and another close to the dome port. In addition I used another flash for overall lighting. I shot the crab feeding for some time and then it attacked the camera dome!"

  • 18

    Behaviour Category: “In Hinding” By Scott Gutsy Tuason, Philippines

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    "Taken at a depth of 15 meters in 200-250m deep water. Towards the end of the 'Blackwater' dive, Edwin, one of our divemasters, called me over to show me this beautiful Jellyfish, for me only to realise it had a juvenile Trevally within it, and to my amazement, it was wedged between the bell and the tentacles! I had seen many Jack and Jelly combos before but never like this. I shot around 20 frames and right on the last few frames it turned towards me to give me this very unusual portrait of a behaviour I had never seen before."

  • 19

    Portrait Category: “Oceanic White Tip Shark” By Greg Lecoeur, France

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    "In recent years, oceanic white-tip sharks have become rarer in Red Sea but they are back around the offshore reefs of Egypt. Diving with these magnificent predators is a privilege and offers incredible photographic opportunities and to witness the symbiosis with pilotfish. Curious, confident and inquisitive they do not hesitate to approach the divers and I was able to capture this image on our decompression stop."

  • 20

    Behaviour Category: “The Birth” By Filippo Borghi, Italy

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    "I went to dive this site to photograph Mediterranean black coral but during the dive I discovered various shark egg cases in different stages of evolution. Unfortunately I had a wide angle lens on so it was not possible to get the right shot. The next day myself and the dive guide went back with a macro lens and during the session he called me over because one of the egg cases had started to hatch and a baby shark was emerging! I took some photos s fast I could of this incredible moment."

  • 21

    British Waters Macro Category: “In A Sea Of Squirts” By Paul Kay, UK

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    "Velvet swimming crabs, with their red eyes and blue pincers are a popular subject. This one caught my eye not because it was in itself photogenic, but because it was hunkered down on a rocky reef dominated by vase sea squirts (Ciona intenstinalis). Whilst these sea squirts are common enough in sea lochs, in this particular spot they were really clean and about as abundant as I can ever remember seeing them. So, for an animal which mostly tries to be relatively inconspicuous, this one had failed pretty miserably. I was very fortunate as the visibility was good enough for me to back off with the 50mm macro lens so that I could take this 'view' including the crab, rather than simply take its portrait."

  • 22

    Macro Category: “Bubble” By K.zhang, China

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    "I shot this photo in Yakushima Japan,there is lot's of rock pools, and many blenny living inside.In fact, I specifically went there to take reflected photo of blenny there.Photography in a rock pool is a very interesting experience, you must know the tide time there,and reflex photographs can be taken only at low tide. Because only at this time, the water surface closest to blenny to form a reflection. When I was taking this photo,a bubble that may have been released from photosynthesis by algae floated near the blenny,and it seems to be looking at the bubble. In order to keep the surface calm, I held my breath, kept myself still, took this picture. I am so happy to record this interesting moment."

  • 23

    British Waters Macro Category: “Swarm” By Rick Ayrton, UK

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    "I had been under Swanage pier for over an hour, I was getting cold and making my way back towards the entry steps. A little before getting back to the harbour wall there was a piece of the old pier with a hollowed out end. My eye was caught by movement within, a multitude of very small creatures moving fast to & fro. I had little time available and I fired off a few shots hoping the Nikon focusing would do its job. I had no idea what I had captured until I downloaded the images for review. I cannot say precisely what it is other than saying it is larval forms of a marine critter. I had a slow shutter speed dialled into the camera but the dark scene was frozen by the light from the flashguns. This is definitely a subject I would like to return to."
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