Flower Power Dive

diving, perfect moments, Photography, sulawesi, Travels

Last April we spent 2 weeks diving at the Prince John Dive Resort. Everything was great, the staff was really helpful and nice. The atmosphere was fun and easy-going!

At one point comes the moment when you prepare for your last dive. Always a moment of mixed feelings:happy to go diving but totally aware that it is the last dive before returning home.

Well the staff at Prince John found a great way to make this last dive a really special one ! You will do a Flower dive 🙂

Now I can already imagine some of you wondering. A Flower dive? Well the divemasters collect some beautiful flowers from the garden and attach them to your tank and regulator hose.

Men and women alike then walk fully covered in flowers into the water. No need to say that  the locals watch you with a bright smile.

Sometimes it doesn’t need much time nor money to make people feel special.

Thank you for that Alex, Dedi, Moh Amin, Gunawan and Nasrun

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Perfect moments…

perfect moments

When I’m scrolling through the photos I took over the years many fond memories are coming back into my mind. Perfect moments…

Some really stand out and it’s almost impossible to describe the feelings I had at that moment even though the feelings are still as strong as they were at the moment I took the picture. The word which I like a lot and comes closest to it in English is the word bliss : a state of profound satisfaction, happiness and joy, a constant state of mind, undisturbed by gain or loss (Wikipedia).

I decided to upload a picture and its story on a regular basis here.

This week’s perfect moment is from our trip to Myanmar (Burma) in 2003. Our guide did his best to find the perfect place for a sunset around the ancient city of Bagan southwest of Mandalay. He first chose one of the guidebooks’ favourites and we climbed up. The view was breathtaking but the number of tourists wandering around in order to find the perfect spot for the perfect shot made my hair stand on end. There was no way to enjoy that moment to the full. When we told our guide about our feelings he gave some thought about the situation and smiled : “I might have a place for you but I’m not sure. Come quick!”

We went down as fast as possible through the still growing crowd and jumped in his car as the sun started its descent. He drove us to another smaller ruin with no people around. The place didn’t catch the eye, but it was not the place itself which was important but the view we would have…in peace and silence.

As we arrived on top only a handful people were sitting there contemplating the view… Yes, that’s it!

Our guide was relieved! Why? The sun only appears at a certain time of the year in that constellation, that close to the ruins, almost “rolling” down. Sometimes it’s far away and sometimes the ruin (the one we were standing on minutes earlier) completely hides the sun. But it was our lucky day…and a perfect moment!

Wallpaper April

Wallpapers

Time passes quickly. A lot of my friends will soon leave to warmer waters to enjoy colourful reefs and sunbathing on the beach. I dedicate this wallpaper to all of you who are counting the days…

Just put your feet on this jetty and walk until its end.  Happy travels, may it be for real or in your dreams…

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