A few weeks ago we went to a divesite in the Vinkeveen lakes. The divesite is called ‘Zandeiland 4’ and is very popular among Dutch divers.
Every weekend the parking lot is packed with divers – come too late and you don’t have a place to park your car. Once the car has been crammed into its spot, it’s time to unload your stuff – some divers, like us, only bring their diving equipment. Other divers bring along a small camping; party tents, barbecues, chairs, loungers… It’s always fun to look at.
Down underwater it.. was.. COLD. The surface was a comfortable 21°C but once you were underwater for 6 or 7 meters the halocline said hello. Under there the temperature dropped to a chilling 11°C. And when you’re in a wetsuit, that’s not very comfortable. Look around quickly for somethins nice to photograph… no… O.K. back up a few meters.
Luckily, during the second dive, we found a lobster in its little cavern waiting for us. I decided to play around with it for a while, dropping a small clam just before it. Everytime I did that, he pushed it away. It was very funny to see and it felt a bit like playing fetch with a dog.
So down below are some pictures from these two dives, enjoy them and please let me know what you think! You can find me on Facebook and Instagram as well.
Last weekend, we went to the Belgian Ardennes to enjoy some forest air and kayaking. We stayed in a lovely little bungalow for three days and on our way back we swung by … drum roll… TODI! =D
Today I wanted to experiment a bit with my flash-strobe and fish-face portraits. Sadly one the puffers was a little bit cranky and decided to nibble on my finger! TBH it didn’t hurt at all and it was kind of funny. But you bit me, you little a-hole. So in return I didn’t give them a lot of attention after that.
But good for you little buddy, defend your home from those pesky divers!
The last time we visited TODI my ear didn’t equalize well, with a nasty ear infection as a result. For a few weeks my hearing and balance was disturbed, which was a real nuisance. Luckily, my ear wasn’t damaged and everything healed perfectly!
With everything functioning as it should, Mark took a day off from work and we went to TODI on a weekday (wednesday’s my day off, yay!) to say hi to the fishes.
After waddling through traffic we plunged in and almost immediately our little puffy friends wiggled up to me! I don’t know if it was my new devil-horned cap or if they just like me, but all puffers followed me around all 76 minutes of our dive. I like you too, buddies! 🙂
A lot of fish were guarding the eggs, so I didn’t disturb them for too long. I shoo’d a little brat who thought it was funny to scrape off the eggs from a rock with his fins. So I scored a little karma on the way, too.
Anyway, enjoy the photos from this dive and feel free to leave a comment!
A few weeks ago, I first met these little happy-faced cuties. Back then they swam away from you as soon as you laid your eyes on them.
BUT NOT TODAY!
In preparation for our next diving vacation to Egypt (we’re almost there!) we decided to visit… TODI! Surprise surprise 😉
Last time we were there the puffers were still anxious. How would you feel if you’ve just been splashed into a 30m wide 10m deep tank with thousands of unknown roommates? We figured they had some time to settle in so they would be less scared. Moderately soon they swam to us and decided to try a bit of GoPro taste.
Earlier this week TODI added some puffer fish to their – already huge – collection of fish! So… we decided to pay them a visit. They’re a bit quicker than their cousins in Egypt, so it was quite a challenge to capture them.. but YAY, I managed to do it!
When we’re not diving in warm water and the Dutch waters are too cold for a wetsuit, we love to go diving in the indoor diving center TODI in Beringen, Belgium. It’s an ideal place to practice skills and make some great fish face portraits.