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This week I got a chance to return to Sail Rock and do some fun diving. Sail Rock is one of the most famous dive sites in Thailand but it takes about two hours to reach from Koh Tao. It wasn’t necessarily totally “fun” though considering the water was so very rough and the ride out so very long that I spent about 5 hours of the day being totally seasick. At one point I slipped on the boat, fell straight on my back, and tore a tiny hole in my brand new expensive wetsuit. Then, to top things off, I dropped a tank on my hand and I’m pretty sure my fingernail is going to fall off. I can’t even stand how glamorous my life is sometimes.

But it was all worth it in the end (actually, get back to me when I have nine fingernails) because I got some amazing shots. I’m going to have to do a full post later because even after several edits I still have 111 photos! As for Photo of the Week, after much pain and consideration I narrowed it down to about ten and then had to let my friend Kathryn pick the final four because it was just impossible for me to eliminate.

Photo A

Diving Sail Rock

I absolutely love clown fish! This little guy, helpless to the currents, looks like he’s in outer space.

Photo B

Diving Sail Rock

I adore this photo of Kathryn and our little puffer friend peeking out from behind the coral.

Photo C

Diving Sail Rock

Sail Rock is all about movement, and I think than comes across even in this still photo, where the anemones are lashing about in the current. This photo was taken shallow as well so the colors are crisp and clear!

Photo D

Diving Sail Rock

To me, this is the image of Sail Rock: looking up and watching waves crash against the rock itself, fish being pushed around endlessly by the rushing water.

Which is your favorite photo? Leave your vote in the comments below!

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18 Comments...
  • Olivia
    April 9 2012

    I love all of these.. the fish in A and B look like they’d be in a Disney Pixar film… what personalities! And C and D belong in National Geographic. If I haddddddddd to choose I’d go for A!

    • Alex
      April 10 2012

      I love the Pixar reference…. It would be so fun to work on a movie like that someday!

  • Kathryn
    April 9 2012

    The depth of dimension in A is amazing, and ditto Liv’s comment on Mr. Personality in B. And yes…if you don’t start submitting photos to Nat Geo and/or other travel publications, you are selling yourself short. Good luck with the fingernail…

    • Alex
      April 10 2012

      I think I might need to upgrade from a point and shoot before I start thinking about selling to the glossies…

  • Dana - Our Wanderlust
    April 9 2012

    Gorgeous Photos – but my vote is for D! It’s dark and kinda spooky, but you can definitely feel the power of the ocean in it…
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    • Alex
      April 10 2012

      And that sums up exactly what I love about diving at Sail Rock! Glad you felt it too….

  • Dad
    April 9 2012

    They are all winners but D is the one for me. It has both the undersea view up to the surface waves but it can also look like a skyline of mountains, clouds and …oh yea and what are those fish doing up in mountains?

    • Alex
      April 10 2012

      Yes, very much sums up the power of nature for me as well…

  • Grandma Burr
    April 9 2012

    As usual, I like and enjoy seeing them all. Keep them coming – you start my every day. Love, Gram e

    • Alex
      April 10 2012

      Thanks Gram! Glad to know we spend the mornings together šŸ™‚

  • Sophia
    April 9 2012

    So hard to decide! they are all so gorgeous!! I will choose B but I love them all. You are an amazing photographer!

    • Alex
      April 10 2012

      Thank you so much for your kind words Sophia! I really appreciate it!

  • Jenna
    April 9 2012

    Photo D for sure! Might be my favorite photo of the week ever.
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    • Alex
      April 10 2012

      Always a great compiment coming from a photographer šŸ™‚

  • Andrea
    April 9 2012

    D is gorgeous! It’s spooky and beautiful all at the same time. I’ve always been a little afraid to try diving, but your photos do sure make it tempting!

    • Alex
      April 10 2012

      Thank you so much Andrea! I really do hope you’ll try diving someday… it’s an amazing experience.

  • I like them all, but the first photo is by far my favorite. The anemones in the foreground are a nice touch.
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    • Alex
      April 12 2012

      Thanks for your input John! I love that one too.

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