It wasn’t really a weekend, just a sunday morning, but I like the alliteration.
Last weekend, Dave, Juliana and I hitched a ride with the Resort’s dive boat to Wongat Island. Madang Harbour has about a dozen good-sized islands scattered around the reef, and one of the perks of living here is being able to pop out to them for a day and enjoy our own little tropical paradise. The Resort charged us 38 Kina a head (USD 14) for the return transfer.
The MTS Aquaventure dumped us in chest-deep water just off the beach and we waded ashore, the three of us the only living inhabitants on the place. The water was 29 degrees (84F), the sunlight was rippling on the shallow sand, the palms were hanging still, and it was pretty much as perfect as you could imagine it.
I’ve been bemoaning the lack of a polarizing filter for some time, given the spectacular views and bright sunlight we get here. This weekend I decided to take matters into my own hands and began sticking my polarized glasses over the front of the camera. This would never work with a DSLR, but with my Powershot G9, the lens is only 15mm across and it’s a perfect fit. I was thrilled with the outcome.
I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.
After about an hour or so, a canoe pulled up with some local kids. Their clan actually owns the island, but the Resort pays a fee to drop clients there and dive the waters so we didn’t get any hassle. I really like this shot- combines a nice set of elements, with the hint of a smile on Dave’s face, the kids in the water, the boat, and the scenery. I also like the artsy self-indulgent crop…
The water was pretty clear. My favourite thing about taking photos when I’m snorkelling rather than diving is that the sunlight is still very strong- it gives great tones on a sunny day, and I love the rippled effect of the sunbeams on the sand.
This outrigger was bobbing by itself just around a little headland. My favourite shot of the day. You may have seen it somewhere before…
There were shoals and shoals of these tiny little fish, no bigger than my little finger, but massing in their thousands. I spent quite a while chasing them and trying to capture their swarming on film.
I complain about this place, but it certainly has its perks. I’m gonna miss this stuff for sure…