Painting with light under the pier.

There really is no better place for seeing refraction in action than a few metres down.  Under a pier.  There is something so incredibly beautiful about the play of light in water beneath piers.  The shadows and patterns created as the light refracts around the walkway poles and struts.  It gives some really stunning underwater patterns and textures.

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And because piers provide relative shelter and safety, you can normally find some pretty interesting marine life there too.  In this case one lone, curious, snaggle-toothed old giant barracuda who was really rather friendly.  Plus a constantly shifting ribbon of hunting trevally, scooting in and out of the shadows.  But there were also moray eels in hiding, devil scorpionfish, sleeping lionfish, anemone fish bustling about, and corals in the most dazzling array of colours. And all in bath-warm water.  Perfection. I wanted to stay there forever watching the fish!

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Dives are normally a bit deeper and a bit shorter than this, but on this occasion we spent a very happy hour and a half in the shallows, soaking up the atmosphere under Lankayan island pier.  So I am more than happy to re-live the moment for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Refraction.

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14 thoughts on “Painting with light under the pier.

    1. jenny Post author

      Thanks Marion, it really was beautiful. So much to see, and all in only about six metres of water. Happy days! :o)

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    1. jenny Post author

      Oh my gosh – Palau is on the dream list – along with Yap! I think I’d feel like I’d died and gone to heaven, diving there! Snorkelling is a pretty good way to see what’s going on, but I always itch to duck below the surface and see what’s happening a bit deeper! :o)

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  1. menomama3

    I like this interpretation of refraction under the water as opposed to on top. Pretty! Like the almost monochrome effect muting everything except where the sun shines through.

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  2. Cathy Ulrich

    Like you, Jenny, sometimes, I like to hang out in the shallows and avoid the “scuba-hike!” Love the refraction on the sandy bottom. I’m relatively new to your blog, so please forgive me, but do you live near the water where you can go diving often?

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    1. jenny Post author

      Thanks Cathy – good to have company!! Hmmm, yes and no! I live in Borneo so there are lot of great diving holiday options nearby, but there is no shore diving here, and the only dive company in the country is at the other end of the country. So day diving is a real logistical effort – unfortunately life with a toddler means that day dives aren’t always super convenient. Still, hopefully we’ll get some diving in soon, and in the meanwhile I can live vicariously through blogs like yours! :o)

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  3. paulah2014

    Love these images! Something in me eases and releases when I see them. There is something deeply appealing to being underwater, isn’t there?

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    1. jenny Post author

      Thank you! I love that idea of easing and releasing – exactly right. The tension just melts away under water. I love being there. So you are a scuba/free diver? Or a snorkeler?

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