Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Snake Handler

This photo was taken in the early seventies, according to my sister Marcy. Bill and I were pheasant hunting along the treeline in the background when we found a bullsnake out in the open under a red oak tree. Why? This is late November, this snake should have been underground for the duration of the winter. Up to this day, Bill had been terrified of snakes. No longer obviously. Possibly, a couple of cold Bud's had given him encouragement. The same reason for this photo being overexposed, I suspect. Bill's Dad, Bill Sr., was one of my role models when I was a teenager. Cheers....................................

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sunday, August 17, 2008


Well, almost. This afternoon, decided to give 4,000 flame tree seeds a 90 minute acid wash 2,ooo seeds at a time. Everything was going well on the first 2,000 til the time to drain and rinse. As I lifted my 2 quart pyrex measuring cup to drain the acid off the seeds, the bloody power goes off. @#$$%%^&, I should have know. I shouted at Lian, I need drinking water, now, she hands me a diet coke. No, no, the big blue bottle by the fridge. Everything worked out, but I lost my nerve. Forget about the 2nd batch, let's head for the hill's with the 2,000 seeds we have now
We headed for an area where there are no flame trees, an area that I had all ready decided on many months ago. Every 50 feet or so, a few seeds were cast in no particular direction. How many trees will appear, I have no idea of course. On my germination test, flame tree seeds had a germination rate of 60% to 70 %. In the real world, 10%, maybe. Twenty years from now, will there be a 1,000 flame tree's where there are none now? I hope so. More later.

Sunday, June 29, 2008


Returned to Saipan after 77 days on board the MV June T working off shore Guam op the Agana Sewage Treatment Plant project. The stress level had reached level's above the pay scale, which was quite high I might add, however, it was time to go.

Noticed Pete Reyes in lobby of Days Inn with wife. Was carrying a stainless steel double basin sink. Desk clerk asked, why not buy on Saipan. Pete replied, very expensive on Saipan.

Visited with Mike Sablan at airport. Three comments of particular interest. Governor has not acknowledge Mike's resignation effective 3 weeks from now. Mike will turn over to federal agents his files upon leaving office. He agreed with me on my comments regarding some type of bankruptcy/receivership for the Commonwealth and the sooner the better.

More later, cheers, Cap Carl

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Stopped by Genny's place a few minutes ago to pick up photo albums and other stuff. Still wearing her lab coat, Genny followed me to my pickup, wished me the best and a happy birthday as we hugged for the last time. As I backed away, she looked so small and vulnerable . I cried.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wednesday, January 23, 2008



During the past ten days of swimming, about 15 minutes of swimming from the beach, I have been approached by this male eagle ray. Usually, There is a smaller female following behind. I am convinced they sense our presence and come to us and check us out. Cheers.
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Shallow Depressions


These three depressions, approximately 3 feet across are the result of the pink whip ray foraging in the sand for food. Cheers.
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Location -South Lagoon Saipan. The ray on the left has a 3 foot wingspan. I have had 4 encounters with these ray's over the last ten days. There is a larger ray, approximately 4 foot wingspan that have been unable to photograph. Cheers.
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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Manila International


Have you ever had feeling you are being watched?
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Friday, December 14, 2007

Friday, November 9, 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007



November '81 thru February '82, I was employed as a heavy equipment operator by Antartic Support Services, the support contractor for the National Science Foundation Antartica Operations. A fringe benefit was a flight to the South Pole, the aircraft being a ski equiped C130. So, I have flown around the world 3 times and walked around the world 5 times. Hmmmmmmm!
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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Gab Gab Reef


Divemaster Dominque demonstrating how to make a moray eel happy.
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Crevice Dive Site


Appeared to be the unconcerned by three divers within ten feet.
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Gab Gab Reef Dive Site


Divemaster Dominigue on the other side of a 40 pound Black Trevally.
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Mantis Shrimp Gab Gab Reef


This shrimp can strike a camera lenses with enough force to crack the lense, so I have been told.
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Gab Gab Reef Ball


Yes, that is my hand. Eel came out about 18" allowing me to scratch his underside.
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GabGab Reef


My first sighting of an anenome of this color.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Two More Great Dives

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Dove the crevice to 100 feet, played with a moray eel, close encounter with a small turtle and picked up a titanium knife that an unfortunate diver dropped. The 2nd dive was on the feeding station at the Nautilus dive site. Ken, on the left, was using a new camera for the first time and, hopefully, there may be some interesting eel photos.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Apra Harbor Entrance


The entrance to Apra Harbor is on the other side of this cliff. This was our view when we surfaced from our drift dive.
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Why Are We Smiling?


We just completed a very enjoyable drift dive. Dive started at the Blue Hole and slowly drifted toward the harbor entrance. Large turtle , large barracuda, large lion fish and a group of small lion fish trying to hide on the under side of a large boulder. What a way to spend Sunday morning. The only activity that might be better would be to go to MDA's dive shop with a pocket full of cash. Made several new friends, Cap Scott, Devan, Joey and Jessica.
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Sunday, October 14, 2007



On location , Tuangeson outflow construction site, Guam
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MDA Dive Boat


On the way to the Tanker dive site and Western Shoals dive site, Apra Harbor, Guam
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