Since the videos we shot of the Umbria dives were all in UltraHD and my Director12_POS software wants $69 more just to be able to edit UHD, I decide to just provide screen shots.
Umbria awesomness! Once again, it takes a lot to make my awesome list.and Umbria is right there at the top. It lived up to its reputation and went beyond with bays full of bombs perfectly stacked 50 ft high, wine bottles in cases, and bays full of old Fiats. This wreck is superb! We got lots of video, at least 2 hours worth.
This is a very unique shot because the sunlight is coming through a porthole and shinning on a stack of thousands of bombs. What is difficult to see, is that the ship is on it's side and therefore the bombs are almost stacked straight upwards and held together by coral growth.
Shab Rumi Awesomeness - Repost with Screen Shots
17 April 2016 | The Red Sea
Another one for the awesomeness list. Shab Rumi, or more properly Sha'ab Rumi is a reef used by Jacques Cousteau back in 1963 as an underwater habitat for studying sea life. His team built an entire underwater complex with submarine garage, tool shed and a futuristic hollow sea urchin looking living space and lab. The remains are all still here and we found them on our first dive. Sitting precariously on the edge of and abyssal ledge looking like a space craft preparing to launch. It sits on a tri-pod structure and still holds air. We even swam up inside and had an underwater conversation in a habitat that is older than me!
Just below the habitat is a stainless steel head stone marking the underwater grave of Alfred Hennebohl who died while diving with Jacques. He was 50 years old. Very interesting place and we have it all to ourselves and more dive tomorrow. Wind is blow 30 knots at the moment, but we have a nice sheltered mooring, so no worries.
From inside the Urchin.
Arrival in Finike Turkey
02 April 2016
I now understand. I understand why everyone loves cruising the Mediterranean. I understand why Lori wants to spend more than just one season here. It is incredible picturesque and it is built around the bounty of the sea and set against the magnificence of towering snow capped mountains.
The smell of fresh bread wafts down the narrow streets where Turkish men sit around small tables playing cards, sipping tea and eating various turkish delights. This place is magical!
Green Flash Over the Med
31 March 2016 | The Red Sea
After years of cruising, I finally witnessed a real "Green Flash"! Out standing and way overdue. Since I never expect to actually see the mythical thing, I didn't bother with a camera. Nonetheless, it was magnificent and substantial; not one of those it might have been's!
I should arrive in Turkey tomorrow late afternoon.