No Contest

We have taken a long break from blogging because we’re putting together an updated version of the Raja Ampat dive guide we produced for Conservation International.  The new book will encompass all the of the Bird’s Head Seascape, so it’s larger and more time consuming to write and illustrate.  But we were interested to read … Read more

The Pleasure is All Ours: Thoughts on Touching Wild Animals

We experienced a very interesting incident a few weeks back during our survey of Cenderawasih National Park.  We were there to explore sites for a new dive guide to the Bird’s Head Seascape, which will include Cenderawasih, Raja Ampat and Triton Bay. Fifteen thousand-square kilometer Cenderawasih is Indonesia’s largest marine park and, for the moment, … Read more

What’s In A Name?

There’s something very revealing at times about peoples’ names. Remember that a huge segment of our population derived their surnames from their ancestors’ original trades or employment. Just think about how many people you know whose last names are Cook, Smith, Carver, Baker, Carpenter, Speaker, Chandler, Flowers, Fryer, Gardner, Packer, Singer, Fisher, Taylor, Driver, and … Read more

Lost in Translation

The diving experience is made up of a number of things. Just getting there at times involves days of transit via airplanes (some of dubious provenance), overnights in bizarre accommodations definitely not in the Travel & Leisure Top Ten, equally questionable local taxis or buses, and occasionally watercraft making the last connection that evokes memories … Read more