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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 Unpublished mixture of terrestrial and underwater life.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.
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!
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.
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.