Snook Island

Snook Island

Snook Island represents a couple of really cool dives I enjoyed back in my serious scuba diving days. This picture is a combination of two of my most favorite dives ever. One dive was just off Naples Florida, at the Five Mile Reef right before snook mating season. I had never before or since seen so many very large snook stacked in thirty feet of water and in every direction during my active scuba diveing experience. Another single day event also occurred in Naples. This time it took place in the north part of Dollar Bay. On that day the water had turned crystal clear due to lack of rain and strong spring tides. The backwater here is always a beautiful Caribbean blue green, but this day the visibility was like that of the Florida Keys, and instantaneously sparked a dive. The backwaters were full of crab, shrimp and baitfish all intertwined within the mangrove roots; a most beautiful natural display that is seldom seen in our part of the world.
Snook Island brings together both events in my interpretation of nature’s display of color, movement and texture. Looking closely, you can see my work above and below the two-dimensional plane. There are shadows represented as distant topography, and anatomical parts of the the fish and crustaceans rising off the glass. These colors blend impressively as they do beneath the sea and are quite stunning as light passes through. The window frame was augmented with scrap routered wood from my coveted wood pile. Snook Island, and they taste good too!
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