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Waters around Namalenje Island (Malawi trip 2011)

Postby Dave G » Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:05 pm

Namalenje Island is the most prominent feature when you get to Senga Bay. The water is very shallow and with bad weather everything gets stirred up. You can swim there if you wish. We went by speedboat. Luckily the weather had been good and vis was OK

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There were the rusty remains of a few trucks next to the rocks. Depth here is just 5 metres - so we snorkelled instead of scuba diving. Notice the lush vallisneria beds. All of full of a multitude of small cichlids

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That's a male fryeri with a white blaze. There were two males sharing this site - seemed quite happy in each others company. Where's a net when you want one?

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Some patches had clearly been cleared by the fish. All the snail shells are stacked up together
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We were pleased to see a fuscotaeniatus male (but uncoloured) come cruising by
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The plants started growing just by the rocks
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Here's a better pic of a red empress
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meanwhile - up in the rocks
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If there is god and he's an aquarist - then this is his show tank!
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Re: The waters around Namalenje Island

Postby DanM » Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:16 pm

Superb pictures :D and what an experience it must of been?
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Re: The waters around Namalenje Island

Postby Scott » Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:23 pm

WOW.
Nice pictures.
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Re: The waters around Namalenje Island

Postby funkyfish » Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:23 pm

awsome!

who takes the pictures? is it a special camera? cant imagine a normal dslr would last long down there :laughing-lettersrofl:
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Re: The waters around Namalenje Island

Postby Tony » Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:28 pm

Brilliant shot's Dave :tu: :text-bravo:
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Re: The waters around Namalenje Island

Postby Dave G » Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:37 pm

I take the pics.

The dslr goes into a waterproof housing. You usually need strobes to light the place up aswell (more on macro than wide angle shots).

I did manage to flood the camera on one occasion. The group behaved as if there had been a bereavement. But two days later we popped a battery back in and the camera came back to life. Then they all started to take the p*ss! If that had been salty sea water the camera would have died. Due to the low electrolytes and lack of salt in the lake the camera lived! Good old Nikon!
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Re: The waters around Namalenje Island

Postby madman » Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:42 pm

Amazing photos :text-bravo:
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Re: The waters around Namalenje Island

Postby daveyboy » Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:30 pm

wow fantastic pics yet again dave :text-bravo: :tu:
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Re: The waters around Namalenje Island

Postby Clare » Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:35 pm

Wow, that is seriosly picturesque. Wonder how the trucks got in there?

Fantastic photography yet again Dave. You have done well with the angles on those trucks, very spooky.

Looking forward to more additions to the thread. :tu:
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Re: The waters around Namalenje Island

Postby Barry » Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:51 pm

Terrific thread Dave and wonderful pics!

Next best thing to actually being there!
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