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The coral of the tropical seas just has to stand. The funds of the Mediterranean, it throws too. The proof in flashy pink.
Memories of summer 2014
At the end of July 2014, I was in Hyères, in the Var. And I still can not believe what I saw under the water. When the coral revealed vibrant tropical hues - pink, mauve, red - under my flash, I hallucinated ... 😮
Well, I admit, at the beginning, I still wonder a little what I'm doing there, to palmer in cold water, over an extended monotone of Posidonia with my 7D... I start by trying to turn my little friends into graceful shadows on a blue background. Not very conclusive.
And then bright colors and life arose. There are large, placid groupers, who are legion in the area - we are on the site of La Pointe du Vaisseau. Sweet pink nudibranchs, impossible to photograph with fish-eye. Small shoals of bright-silver fish with yellow stripes whose name I do not know. And even barracudas on the run! But they are a bit too far for drinking photos ...
The more you go, the more I am having fun in this new Mediterranean environment, unheard of for me - the Breton diver who fears cold water and does not palm anymore in tropical seas ... 😜
Even posidonia, which I only knew through reports on TV, and that I discover for the first time with my own eyes, becomes a fascinating subject, undulating at the mercy of the swell. A show in itself, very difficult to photograph ...
I'm numb, but I persist at the end of diving, to throw a few last shots of flash. Gaby, from the center To the Diving Water, who accompanies me and Christèle, my partner of the day, even plays the models for my goal! Really nice, I appreciate. 👌
My enemy: the cold
Back on the boat, I am shaken by violent tremors, impossible to repress. My poor 5 mm worn and my frail carcass chilly are not adapted to the Mediterranean waters of about twenty degrees surface at this time and barely 15-16 ° C in depth. 😱
But Alain's boat which holds the center To the Diving Water, in La Londe-les-Maures, is equipped with HOT water hand showers! ! ! Luxury and supreme happiness. Those who never get cold (but really cold) underwater can not understand.
Most of my short stay in Hyères was devoted to a apnea training, I did not find the time to do a single small bottle exploration in the Mediterranean waters ... A first in my life as a diver, I had never soaked my fins!
Porquerolles, Port-Cros, the peninsula of Giens: yes, it can make you smile, but these famous sites in southern France are for me super-exotic spots ... I intend to return, a day soon. But not before I equipped myself seriously, with a combi worthy of the name for these waters too cold for my taste.