The big waves of over 2m outside are still making sleep a bit uncomfortable with a rolling motion of Zanshin. I woke up very early, with the sun, and decided to stay awake rather than try to steal another hour or two of sleep. I played around on the computer while drinking coffee, getting a bit of exercise every 10-15 minutes by standing up and closing all the hatches, then, once the showers had passed, standing up and opening them again. Despite the lack of sunshine, it does get rather hot and sticky belowdecks when everything is buttoned down.
After digesting a breakfast of eggs and bacon along with coffee I put together the dive gear again and headed out to Creole Rock. Getting into the suit and preparing the dive equipment went much faster this time, and I was soon below the waves but visibility was miserable. The waves from outside were wrapping around both sides of the Rocks and stirring up the bottom, plus the groundswell even at 20 feet was significant and erratic. But I persevered and practiced breath and altitude control. One rather shy fish had me spending 15 minutes lying outside its hole waiting for it to come out and say “Hello!”; luckily this was at a depth of 15 feet. The deepest part of the dive was 30 feet and in total I was underneath the surface for just shy of an hour and still have more than half my tank; nonetheless I'll fill it up tonight when the generator gets some exercise.
I managed to get part 1 of the LED installation finalized. The double-sided sticky tape I'd used to attach the LED strip to the underside of the bimini hadn't held for a day, so I used some more clear fishing line to invisibly tie the strip to the canvas. Once I get access to the internet I'll have to find information on how to tie thin fishing line, that subject isn't dealt with in my various rope and knot books; I am certain that there's a whole family of knots out there since the standard ones I've tried don't hold very well in the small and extremely slippery line.
I'm still rather under the weather from the medication but today I had the feeling that the swelling went down a little bit, so I remain cautiously optimistic that the antibiotics and anti-inflammatories will produce the desired results instead of letting me get far too much quality time in the head.

Morning Rainbow Could this be the prize at the end of the rainbow?
(2014-02-02 07:51:04 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/16.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Morning Rainbow
Hiding Bluestriped Grunt A bluestriped Grunt hiding next to the rocks
(2014-02-02 11:35:29 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 125)
Hiding Bluestriped Grunt
Feather anemone Feather anemone
(2014-02-02 12:20:17 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 125)
Feather anemone
Butterflyfish looking at me This butterflyfish hovered and stared at me, I waited for it to turn to the side but when it did I didn't get the shot.
(2014-02-02 11:36:52 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 125)
Butterflyfish looking at me
Redband Parrotfish Redband Parrotfish
(2014-02-02 11:37:49 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 125)
Redband Parrotfish
Gobies in the Giant Anemone Gobies in the Giant Anemone
(2014-02-02 11:39:11 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 125)
Gobies in the Giant Anemone
Unidentified fish Unidentified fish
(2014-02-02 11:42:52 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 125)
Unidentified fish
PEderson Shrimp hiding in a nook PEderson Shrimp hiding in a nook
(2014-02-02 11:45:20 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/25s] ISO 125)
PEderson Shrimp hiding in a nook
West Indian Sea Egg West Indian Sea Egg
(2014-02-02 11:51:02 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 125)
West Indian Sea Egg
Yellowhead Jawfish It took a lot of patience to wait on the bottom until this shy Jawfish came out of its hole! The swell made waiting difficult, as I was continually shoved back and forth and I had trouble not stirring up the bottom sand.
(2014-02-02 11:59:20 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 125)
Yellowhead Jawfish
Yellowhead Jawfish It took a lot of patience to wait on the bottom until this shy Jawfish came out of its hole! The swell made waiting difficult, as I was continually shoved back and forth and I had trouble not stirring up the bottom sand.
(2014-02-02 11:59:22 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 125)
Yellowhead Jawfish
Yellowhead Jawfish It took a lot of patience to wait on the bottom until this shy Jawfish came out of its hole! The swell made waiting difficult, as I was continually shoved back and forth and I had trouble not stirring up the bottom sand.
(2014-02-02 11:59:25 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 125)
Yellowhead Jawfish
LED fishline attachment Simple fishline solution to attaching the waterproof LED light to the bottom of the bimini.
(2014-02-02 17:25:30 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/50s] ISO 100)
LED fishline attachment
Cumulus covering the sunset Cumulus covering the sunset
(2014-02-02 18:05:24 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Cumulus covering the sunset
Sunset lights one side of the cloud Sunset lights one side of the cloud
(2014-02-02 17:57:54 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Sunset lights one side of the cloud
BBQ Reflection The sunset reflected in the freshly cleaned BBQ
(2014-02-02 17:56:18 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/160s] ISO 100)
BBQ Reflection
Grand Case sunset Grand Case sunset
(2014-02-02 17:55:02 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/20.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Grand Case sunset
Dinghy under the dock Almost each time I go to the dock I see at least one dinghy captured underneath, this one had taken a lot of water and I don't know if this damage was caused by the dock or existed already.
(2014-02-02 20:27:36 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/60s] ISO 800)
Dinghy under the dock
Zen it live music This band played blues and Rock & Roll tunes from sundown to 8pm.
(2014-02-02 19:53:55 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/30s] ISO 800)
Zen it live music
Two Grand Case docks Nighttime shot of the two docks in Grand Case.
(2014-02-02 19:15:41 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.2, 1/1s] ISO 800)
Two Grand Case docks
Grand Case rainbow panorama An early morning shower that can be seen in the background created the conditions for this bright sunrise rainbow.
(2014-02-02 07:51:36 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/16.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Grand Case rainbow panorama
110 views since 2017-02-04, page last modified on 2017-02-04.