Bullet Journal

The analog system for the digital age.  All you need is a notebook and a pen.

Really?  I like iCal and my iPhone and my iPad.

But, I like to sketch and make lists…….I decided to give it a try.

My notebook of choice is the blank Jane Davenport journal from “Michael’s”.  I “gessoed” and painted the cover and created some page dividers so it should be fun to be organized!

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“Coralpalooza” 2017

“Coralpalooza” 2017, an event organized by STINAPA Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire took place yesterday, June 3rd.  Volunteers helped clean the various coral nurseries on Bonaire and Klein.  This video features the Harbour Village site and we were lucky to have the STINAPA Bonaire Junior Rangers participate!  Thanks to GAB dive shop crew and manager Christine Ball.

Moon Musings

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March’s Full Moon 2017 just occurred on the 12th. The New Moon will come later in the month on the 28th which signifies the end of one cycle and the beginning of another.

The next Full Moon will be out on Tuesday, April 11.  April’s Full Moon is known as the Pink Moon, but don’t expect it to look particularly pink. It is named after pink flowers called wild ground phlox, which bloom in early spring and become widespread throughout the U.S. and Canada this time of year.

For me, as I am not much of a mystic, I will think of Nick Drake and know I’ll have to get out my paints…..and maybe my guitar.

“Pink Moon”

Saw it written and I saw it say

Pink moon is on its way

And none of you stand so tall

Pink moon gonna get you all

[Chorus]

And it’s a pink moon

Yes, a pink moon

Pink, pink, pink, pink

Pink moon

Pink, pink, pink, pink

Pink moon

Sources:

Farmers Almanac

Album, Pink Moon by Nick Drake (I think he just wanted to write a pretty song about a moon.)

Watercolor, inspired by Diane

Lessons from the Mat.

View from the “Yoga Terrace” at Spice.

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We have a gentle and encouraging Yoga instructor.  Her lessons serve us well on and off the mat.

1) Find your balance

2) Breathe

3) Be in the moment

4) Create space

5) Nice and stay

6) Be aware

7) Expand

8) Feel the sensation

9) Don’t judge

10) Just let go

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“Namaste” What does it mean?

The gesture (a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest) and word is used mainly throughout India, Nepal, and parts of Asia.  We use it in Yoga class.

It is a respectful way of greeting hello and saying goodbye.

It can also translate to:

“I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides.”

“I honor the place in you of light, of love, of truth, and peace.”

(Yeah, that one word means a whole lot, but it’s a great saying none the less.)

Namaste my friend. Namaste

Shrimp Manicure Anyone?

The Pederson cleaner shrimp is most often spotted living in a Caribbean Anemone.  They are found in the Western part of the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean oceans. They have a clear translucent body with beautiful purple and blue markings. Their front claws are very large and are also adorned with the same purple and blue patterns.

These shrimp also act as cleaner shrimp. They lure fish into their surroundings using their large antennae. Many fish will allow them to clean the inside of their mouths referred to by divers as a “cleaning station”.  If they are not busy, you can gently move your hand near their antennae and receive a complimentary manicure.

Reproduction:

After the male cleaner shrimp fertilizes her eggs the female then carries them in her pleopod. She then releases the young into the water column, which produces a pelagic larval form. After the young planktonic shrimp develops it immediately finds its host anemone.  If you look closely, you can see the fertilized eggs in the first two images.

Photos by Shelly Craig, Bonaire Netherlands Caribbean