The diving intern

In March 2009, more than five years ago, I was introduced to scuba diving on the island of Bali, Indonesia. On a spot called ‘Tulamben’, I went on a shipwreck dive with a local dive school. Being eighteen and saving up for further travels, I didn’t have the money for a complete diving course to earn a certificate, so I stuck to a single introductory dive. Although I only stayed under for fifty minutes, on a reef which, (as I […] Read more »

Caption Contest – What people think animals are thinking

Sometimes a nature picture can be interpreted in a very funny way. On the Facebook page of Caribbean Footprint we started out introducing these pictures and asking for captions to illustrate what is happening. The results are perfect for a humorous part of the week. Captions by our readers: – “Hey, I am not dressed yet.” – “Gezellig hier!” (“This is a nice place to be!”) – “What’s that sound out there????” – “Dude would you hurry up I see […] Read more »

Ecosplash II: The Blue Connection – Update

Time for an update on Ecosplash II: The Blue Connection!. We are moving forward with the production; multiple dives have been made to shoot the first footage for the second part of Ecosplash. So far, the team has been shooting at Caracas Bay, Snake Bay and the Cas Abou area. The shooting has been successful up until now, although one dive at Caracas Bay was canceled last minute due to bad visibility; a good reminder that nature doesn’t allow for […] Read more »

Camouflage

May 14th was an exciting day for me. After all, how many interns get a chance to meet with the governor of Curaçao? That’s right, not many, if any at all. Well last week I did get that chance, and I got a great story out of it too, although not the one you might think. Let’s back up to the beginning of the story. Last week, the DVD’s of Ecosplash; Korsòu Salbahe finally arrived at the Curaçao Footprint Foundation. […] Read more »

Caption Contest – What people think animals are thinking

Sometimes a nature picture can be interpreted in a very funny way. On the Facebook page of Caribbean Footprint we started out introducing these pictures and asking for captions to illustrate what is happening. The results are perfect for a humorous part of the week. Captions by our readers: – “But dear … please listen to me … I only took a tiny peek at that girl …. nothing happened … believe me … please talk to me ….” – […] Read more »

Stargazing

Living in the Netherlands, and here on Curaçao too, I often come to realize that often a lot of nature, we as humans can experience, is far away. Granted, lots of it is also close by (on Curaçao a bit more than in the Netherlands), but most of it is further from me than I’d wish it to be. Think about it, the rain forest is rather far away. Snowy mountains? Far away. Deserts: also far away. It is one […] Read more »

Know your fauna: Birds – Yellow Orioles (Icterus nigrogularis curasoensis)

The bird sits in the tree, like a ripe yellow mango, its bright yellow feathers in shrill contrast to the grayish background of the dry forest. Besides the brightly coloured feathers, it is also the sound the bird produces which is striking, it’s like a sharp coughing bark. In Papiamentu, de local language on Curaçao and Bonaire the bird is called Trupial Kachó (the Dog Trupial), based on the barking sounds it makes. In Papiamento, the local language on the […] Read more »

Caption contest – What people think animals are thinking

Sometimes a nature picture can be interpreted in a very funny way. On the facebook page of Caribbean Footprint we started out introducing these pictures and asking for captions to illustrate what is happening. The results are perfect for a humorous part of the week. Captions by our readers: Just hanging in there… OMG, I will never eat that special Grass again !!! Pffft… what day did you say it was…Wednesday again…. nah no way I’m coming out of this […] Read more »

Devil in disguise

Three years ago, when on a six months cycling trip from Europe to China, a good friend and me rode into the small town of Murghab, located in the Pamir mountains in Tajikistan. Travelers in the Pamirs mountains need a permit which is checked multiple times along the way. As a tourist in the area it is often pointed out that you might need to bribe one or two officials to get past those checkpoints. There are plenty of stories […] Read more »

Close encounter of the weird kind

With a big splash we all dove head first into the sea. Mission for the day: exploring the underwater area in which a small tugboat went down several decades ago. This spot along the south-eastern coastline of Caracasbay, Curaçao, is one of the more popular snorkel and dive sites on the Island. Perfect for an exploratory expedition with the kids from Accretio, the rebound facility I am working with on a structural basis. Suddenly, a wide-eyed and exited kid approached […] Read more »