I just got back from a week in the Gili Islands off of Lombok. I was participating in a Bio Rock Workshop. Bio Rock is bascially a quick way to grow coral. An electrical current is supplied to an anode (Titanium mesh), and it reacts with the cathode forming the same material as the exoskeleton of coral on some man-made steel structures. We dove a few times per day to collect live corals lying in the sand, and then would zip tie them to the steel structures where they grow much faster. There are some structures already in place for more than 5 or 6 years, that are just thriving with coral, fish, and other sea life….pretty amazing.
It was a great week, but it did rain three days in a row non-stop. It was strange being there on my own, though. Gili T. is a popular vacation spot for college students (mostly European), so with all of these “kids” running around, it sure made me feel like an old man.
By the way, what is up with all the Tattoos these kids get today? Seriously, I don’t think I saw a single person WITHOUT a tattoo….I was unique in that sense. AND….all the guys were growing beards….guess the movie, “Point Break” had something to do with that….weird. Oh well….what a strange world we live in today…not sure I envy my kids growing up in this new weird world…
Now…to the Photography
FINALLY, I got my drone working again. When I arrived, the weather was gorgeous for flying the drone, but I told myself, “ah, just wait till later in the week to take the drone out”. Well, I missed my opportunity. It started to rain….couldn’t fly the drone. On my last day, the skies cleared, and I was able to fly. I will post a couple of photos from the drone tomorrow….
Today, I will post my favorite photo I took last week….I took on the first night I was there…before the rain hit. This guy was with his horse in the water. Something you just don’t see every day. He even moved around so that I could get a better composition. I thought he was going to ask me for money after taking his photo, but he just smiled, and let me take as many photos as I wanted….