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jdhuyvetter

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About jdhuyvetter

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    2016 SWFMAS Event Coordinator
  • Birthday 08/11/1967

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  • Location:
    Lehigh Acres, FL
  1. Playing with my camera - Rock Nems and Reef Flats

    Keys down by Spanish Harbor on a flat with Frank.
  2. So, playing with the new camera. Need to back off on the lenses a little bit. Kept trying to use the macro as a micro and the micro as a macro. Took about 175 pics and here are some of the better ones. Sky was overcast and visibility was about 30 feet.
  3. So, playing with the new camera. Need to back off on the lenses a little bit. Kept trying to use the macro as a micro and the micro as a macro. Took about 175 pics and here are some of the better ones. Sky was overcast and visibility was about 30 feet.
  4. August Meeting - Snorkel Trip

    Sealife 2.0 with the macro lens and a detachable strobe. One of the cool features is that you can change the camera settings from land to underwater. As far as location, first spot was McClellan Drive. this is all public parking in this section of Dania/Hollywood. If you park on McClellan, go about 100 yards south and head straight out. If you head straight out off of McClellan, the first reef line was covered in sand. We swam all the way out to the second reef line. The group spot was directly behind the Margaritaville resort. We parked in the parking garage for that one.
  5. August Meeting - Snorkel Trip

    Charlie and I went to one of my old spots, but I should have checked my old notes before we left. We swam right over the first line (buried in the sand) and all the way out to the second line. Visibility at the first spot was about 20 feet. Lots of plankton and suspended algae. Swam about 100 yards south and headed back in. then we hit the first reef line and found some decent profile. Saw some angels (French and Blue), reef butterflies, wrasses and the usual assortment of grunts and other tropicals. Stoney corals have not recovered fully from the hard freeze a few years back, gorgonians seem to have recovered. Second spot was after lunch with the crew. Wind had shifted and the winds kicked up a little. Visibility dropped to 15-18 feet. Still ok, as the crown of the reef line was about 8 feet and dropping down to about 12 feet. Same as the first spot, with one shark (nurse, about 4 feet). Lots of sargassum and Gates and Charlie had fun collecting (and release...most of it). Charlie's catches will be interesting over time. Took some pics on my new camera. Will try to download. Still messing with shutter speed and the light was not charged, so no clue how the pics look. Will go grab the camera now and figure out how to download.
  6. August Meeting - Snorkel Trip

    Charlie and I will be leaving separately from my house in Lehigh. So, we will meet up with you guys at Margaritaville around noon.
  7. August Meeting - Snorkel Trip

    Lunch will be at Margaritaville. Address is in the OP. I think they have my lost shaker of salt
  8. August Meeting - Snorkel Trip

    I used to live in N. Miami and would hit the Dania/Hollywood beaches on the weekends. there is a reef line from about the Dade/Broward line running north to WPB. It actually runs a lot farther, but this stretch is easily accessible from the beach to snorkel or dive. Depending on location, I have seen sponges, stoney corals, soft corals, sea turtles, nurse sharks and just about all of the reef fish found in Florida. Not all in the same spot, each one will be unique based on depth, current, etc. But definitely cool stuff. Most people just snorkel the first reef line. there is a second (and occasionally third..depending on location). The second reef line is shallow enough to snorkel, but it is far enough off of the beach that a lot of people don't want to go out that far and definitely a boating issue. BRING A DIVE FLAG!!!
  9. August Meeting - Snorkel Trip

    I will be going. However, I will be leaving from my house in Lehigh. Faster for me to cut through Immokalee to Alligator Alley.
  10. July Meeting - Saturday July 15, 2017

    Charlie, you need to go to this one!!!
  11. RSVP 2017 Keys Trip!!!

    I'm in for the snorkel trip and dinner. Most likely drag Frank and possible Mei out to dinner on Saturday.
  12. May Meeting - Tour of Aquariums

    Always. Got two water changes left to do as well. Going to the grocery store now and will do that when I get back. Nothing like a little procrastination to start your weekend!
  13. May Meeting - Tour of Aquariums

    If anyone that is bringing food wants to stop by my house prior to the start of the tour to drop off refrigerated items or hot food, I will be home after 11 am.