Under the surface, trees and coral meet ... (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
Under the surface, trees and coral meet ... (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)

The blue mangrove of Raja Ampat

  Indonesia: Raja Ampat + Bali - March 2012

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In Indonesia, in the Papuan archipelago of Raja Ampat, coral grows at the foot of mangroves. Unpublished mixture of terrestrial and underwater life.

Blue water mangrove

It is called "Blue water mangrove" or "Blue mangrove", the blue mangrove. In a few meters of water are mixed forms of life that are rarely seen side by side: marine coral and tree roots.

The roots of trees plunge into salt water. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
The roots of trees plunge into salt water. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
We admire the corals, in less than 2 meters of water, in palms-mask-tuba. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
We admire the corals, in less than 2 meters of water, in palms-mask-tuba. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
Under the surface, trees and coral meet ... (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
Under the surface, trees and coral meet ... (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)

Mangroves are usually grown on land-covered, often very muddy, sediments in coastal areas or near the mouths of rivers. The water is usually very cloudy.

But the labyrinths formed by the karst islands of Raja Ampat, in Indonesian Papua, offer a different type of mangrove: the water remains clear and the bottom is sandy, more maritime than terrestrial.

We can see corals and gorgonians developing, close to the trees!

Dead leaves and roots mingle with coral. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
Dead leaves and roots mingle with coral. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
An imposing orange gorgon has developed just under the vegetation. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
An imposing orange gorgon has developed just under the vegetation. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)

To discover in snorkeling

Underwater, the atmosphere is truly magical! Little current, shallow depth: it is a delight for snorkelers (swimmers in fins-mask-snorkel).

When one raises one's head, one realizes that one is under the foliage of the trees, a kind of mangroves, whose roots plunge under salt water.

All in the water to explore the blue mangrove! (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
All in the water to explore the blue mangrove! (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
A world at once aquatic and vegetal. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
A world at once aquatic and vegetal. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
Coral is proliferating in the shade of mangroves. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
Coral is proliferating in the shade of mangroves. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
A dead trunk lies beneath the surface next to a coral potato. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
A dead trunk lies beneath the surface next to a coral potato. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)

For me, it was the place for "mid-air half-water" photos. But I admit, I had trouble: I'm not good at all in snorkeling.

I find it easier to photograph in scuba diving, submerged under water, well weighted and stabilized with the sinkers and the BCD (inflatable vest). On the surface, we are tossed by the swell, even weak ... Not always easy to fit well and adjust its settings when triggering.

But these few images are still pretty good, I think, the magic of the place, unique in its kind.

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Indonesia Travel: Raja Ampat + Bali - March 2012

See as well :

→ All my dives in Raja Ampat since 2012

→ Raja Ampat: practical information to organize your trip

  Indonesia: Raja Ampat + Bali - March 2012

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  1. We want to dive with you! Thank you for these beautiful pictures taken on the spot. Yesterday, I saw an exciting docu 'about the life of a coral reef "classic" on TV and I must admit that we learn every day :-). And how beautiful! See you soon, good Sunday

    1. @ Détours du monde: happy to have transported you, Sabrina !!! I also watched this show last night, it was Planète Bleue, France 5 ... The years go by and I'm still fascinated by the beauty of the underwater world. I do not get enough!!!
      🙄

    1. 😀 😀 Bon, alors, je préfère rester près de la surface dans un lagon, sans mangrove ni croco, avec quelques raies aux pieds. Ça peut faire de chouettes photos mi-air mi-eau, je pense.

    2. @L’autre fille: je veux bien essayer de faire de chouettes photos mi-air mi-eau avec des raies aux pieds, mais il faudra que tu sois un modèle coopératif… 😆

  2. Who would have thought it ... A mangrove so clear! Beautiful photos ... It's hard to believe that you are not comfortable snorkeling! (Besides, I can not believe it)

    Congratulations again for everything 8)

    1. @Nouchka Nouchka: thank you !!!! It's not that I'm not comfortable snorkeling, it's just that I'm much more comfortable diving. It's more comfortable in terms of stability and a lot less physically tiring, especially when you take pictures ...
      🙄

  3. I also like this style of photo, mid air and water. It changes. The first and the last are pretty great at the level of geometry (the curve of the water in photo 1).

    1. @Bruno: I had my first pictures "mid-air half-water" in Egypt, in November 2011, because I was shooting my special wide-angle dome (without this dome that is placed in front of the lens, and which offers much more surface than a flat porthole, it's almost impossible to make this kind of photos):
      https://petitesbullesdailleurs.fr/egypte-hamata-plongee-mer-rouge-20111205/
      The mangrove, where the water is calm and the bottom nearby, lends itself well to this kind of images. But getting a little wiggle a little "graphic" to give a more dynamic side to the photo is not easy, I must say ... It must shooter, shooter, re-shoot, until you get the desired effect.
      😉

  4. Hum Hum Egypt november 2011, it tells me something ... really nice your photos, thank you Corinne!

  5. Ah ça c’est bien pour moi! Je ne me verrai pas trop aller plonger loin de la côte, complètement entourée d’eau, en tout cas, sûrement pas pour la première fois! 😉

    1. Quite rare are the dive sites where you are in the middle of the sea with nothing around. There must be a shoal somewhere, a reef almost level with the surface. So, in general, we are near a coast, an island, or at least a piece of rock that protrudes from the surface ...

  6. Raja Ampat ? Comme à Koh lanta ! 😆

    "For me, it was the place for" mid-air half-water "pictures. But I admit, I had trouble: I'm not good at all in snorkeling. "

    Personally, I found your photos very successful!

    1. @Pascal: yes, a season of the TV game "Koh Lanta" was shot in the Raja Ampat archipelago.
      Merci pour le compliment, mais pour le snorkeling, je veux dire par là que ce n’est pas aussi confortable que la plongée bouteille, pour prendre des photos… 😉

  7. Merci pour ce petit instant d’évasion 🙄 !
    Mangroves are magical and damn necessary for other reef ecosystems. Unfortunately they are so threatened everywhere on our planet ... Your beautiful images are a credit to their wealth.
    Gaylord

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