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Two As One - Bunaken Island, Indonesia | by Jim Patterson Photography
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Two As One - Bunaken Island, Indonesia

It's been awhile since I've posted to flickr. A lot of photos have happened since the time of my last post here. Most notably, I took a trip to Indonesia in September for 10 days with 8 days spent SCUBA diving.

 

One of the images I wanted to come home with was a split shot of a reef and Manado Tua in the background. The entire trip, I had only one dive to do this and it was at the end of the dive.

 

While the island and the diving have immense natural beauty, one of the most obvious problems here is a lack of infrastructure. There is no clean water supply, so everyone drinks bottled water. There is also no trash pick-up service, so people leave their garbage everywhere, even down by the river, so when it rains, the garbage goes away. But of course, it must go somewhere, and it goes to the ocean. Floating rivers of trash were scene every day we traveled to Bunaken Island. The diver fee of $150 is supposed to help fund a trash collection boat, but the dive guides say how months will go by without the boat being used. Corrupt government is pocketing the cash I'm sure.

 

Seeing such things can be a good thing though, and I am trying to look on the positive side as awareness is raised. Single use plastics are persistent and are a major threat to the ocean environment. I've personally started to choose products, when possible, that use glass, metal, or paper packaging instead of plastic. And I look forward to the day when plastic packaging is a thing of the past as better alternatives get put to use.

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Taken on September 11, 2013