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Blue Magazine Vol 8, Issue 1

Blue showcases the mesmerizing beauty and wonders of the underwater world, through its spectacular photography and distinct print quality. If you prefer going paperless, Blue also caters to digital users who would have an equally enjoyable reading and visual experience, as they flip through the pages. Blue also highlights other aspects of ecotourism and indigenous culture, taking readers off the beaten path and into some of the most marvelous and stunning sights of our Blue Planet.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Deep Blue Publications Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

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founder’s note

(Wayne B. Brown)We live in a technological age, where we are constantly bombarded with visual stimuli. Even virtual reality is almost “real” so why bother to travel and not just enjoy what is seen through various media? If something cannot be actually experienced, then it remains in one’s imagination; a mere thought, visual impression or flirtation with reality, lacking in total sensory perception.Since childhood, I watched in awe at various TV documentaries about the Galápagos Islands. I knew all about the species there and could only talk about marine iguanas and the names of the islands but that was in my imagination; formulated thoughts from only what was seen but never truly experienced.The opportunity to finally visit the Galápagos and work on this feature as a photojournalist, brought all those…

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galápagos an ecological wonderland

The 100-foot luxury yacht Galápagos Aggressor III can comfortably accommodate 16 passengers and traverse over 770 miles on its 7-day journey in the Galápagos Islands, to as far north as Darwin island and south to Isabela island. The roomy and comfortable staterooms ensure that guests are well rested. The chef prepares some of the most exclusive gastronomic delights, keeping everyone well-fed and happy. (Aggressor Fleet (5);)(Solomon Baksh (1))I HAD A HUGE SMILE ON MY face as I bobbed on the choppy surface while waiting on the panga to pick me up. I looked over at Wayne and he too was euphoric. No too far behind us, was the majestic and iconic Darwin’s Arch, rising over 50 feet into the air. I dipped my head under the azure water, to take…

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darwin’s legacy

The Pikaia Lodge is built on the edge of a crater and offers a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and ocean. (Wayne B. Brown;)Guests can relax and unwind in the infinity pool, located next to the restaurant and lobby lounge. The Sumaq Spa is not too far away.The bedrooms are spacious, with floor-to-ceiling windows and access to private shaded terraces, and breathtaking unobstructed views. The floors are made of bamboo wood for barefoot comfort. (Solomon Baksh (2))AFTER AN EXCITING WEEK of diving around the Galápagos Islands and seeing the unique and diverse animals underwater, Wayne B. Brown (CEO and owner of Aggressor Fleet) and I, were ready to do some land exploration. Our host for the next few days was Pikaia Lodge. Located 1,500 feet above sea level on…

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the red sea

The five-star, 120-foot Red Sea Aggressor easily accommodates its 20 passengers in either three master staterooms or seven deluxe staterooms. The dive deck is very roomy and has a camera table that can easily accommodate full-sized housings. The salon, dining room and galley are located on the main deck.FLYING INTO CAIRO, YOU can’t help but think of all the history this region has seen over the last couple thousand years. From the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, King Tut to the Nile River, to name just a few, its influence on all of our lives is just remarkable.Our visit started with a couple of nights in Giza, where the Great Pyramids and Sphinx are located. Even though I have been many times, it is still as awesome as my first glimpse…

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concept shooting

MY ARMPITS AND MY CHEST HURT FROM HANGING OVER THE SIDE of the boat as I try to anticipate the movements and turns of the sharks. The weight of the camera housing when it’s only half submerged, is enough to make your arms go numb after a few minutes so we take turns at the three or four good spots on the boat, to shoot from. The sharks we have coaxed up to the surface around the boat, pass from every direction, even from below as they swipe at the bait and occasionally make contact with part of the camera housings. With every pass or splash, the camera flashes go off like it’s a press conference, briefly lighting up the water and revealing how many sharks are circling the boat—numerous!…

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