I stared at this photo for a while trying to think of what to write. This is an invasive Mayan cichlid living under a tire in a silty, barren stretch devoid of vegetation. I don't like to make negative captions, but wow. We post so much on social media striving for likes and comments and recognition, this is not a photo likely to get any of that. What I hope it does instead is make people understand that when you throw something into the water, it's doesn't just "go away" because you can't see it now. People throw unwanted fish away into the canal behind their house, they don't just disappear, they survive and some thrive to become invasive species like this Mayan cichlid. I see SO MANY TIRES underwater, you'd think they grew underwater if you didn't know any better! I cannot understand why people just throw tires and trash into the water instead of properly disposing, but once under the surface and out of sight, out of mind for people. Pollutants get dumped into the water ways that kill fish and vegetation, runoff is unfortunately "normal" but I also sometimes come across buckets and barrels of who knows what underwater. It's so upsetting to see scenes like this. I hope it helps people learn and understand that under the surface doesn't mean gone, and that these waters and creatures end up back in our lives through the faucet and on dinner plates. We all share this Earth and its resources, there's no magical lineation between man and beast that makes us impervious to the toxins and wastes we throw into the environment, it all trickles back eventually and we reap what we sow.
Photographed while freediving with a Canon 80D, 10-22mm wide angle lens, Aquatica housing and Inon strobes. If you enjoy my photos I always read and appreciate comments, also feel free to share and see more at my website www.ChrisGillette.com #aquaticadigital#underwaterphotography#uwphotography#florida#therealflorida#cichlid#mayancichlid#environmentalissues#pollution#protecttheenvironment#invasive#invasivespecies#conservation#conservationphotography#savetheplanet#everglades
Who wore it better? Captain Todd or me? Okay, definitely Todd, don’t rub it in—he got his first airboat in 1980 and has been rocking it ever since. Also, if you’re ever in Kissimmee, Florida, please try the airboat ride at @wildfloridairboats. Zoom zoom!
"River of Grass Sunset" I got off of work at 5pm. Walking to my car I noticed to the west several high clouds that are great at catching the colors of the sunlight. Having my camera gear in my car from the day before. I raced to the Everglades National Park to capture this epic sunset. 👌👍😃