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I have always been curious about the things around me. During my childhood I used to accompany my father to the countryside (in winter) or to the sea (in summer). Life was quieter then and one had quite a lot of time to explore one's surroundings and the natural beauty around. As a child I was curious about the bright orange mushrooms (Hygrocybe sp.) that appeared and disappeared so suddenly, about the praying mantis crawling slowly in search of prey, about the butterflies fluttering around seeking flowers or mates, about the mysterious frogs which come out of 'nowhere' after the first rains and about many other inexplicable (to a child in the late '60) things. Natural history books, in the local context, were almost non existent, but I was always encouraged by my parents to look around and to ask questions, even though I rarely got answers.

I was never a collector by nature and collecting dead animals or flattened plants never really took off. Dead things are dead things with no life, no beauty. It was with great pleasure that several years later I could capture a slice of time in that organisms' life by means of photography. Nature photography gave me a new perspective and I could snap as much as I could afford.
Photography is an excellent medium to present the beauty of life, but appreciation of the role of particular species or groups of species in a particular habitat requires one to identify and learn more about that organism/s.

Over the years I have accumulated quite a volume of photos, the early ones have to be scanned and transferred to a digital medium. This is a laborious task but hopefully I will be able to transfer the bulk in the coming months. During the early '90s my friend Jimmy and myself, designed an underwater casing to record the underwater beauty around the islands during our scuba diving sessions. The videos have to be digitized and selected but I hope to put short parts in some areas later on. We are currently working on a remote operated vehicle (ROV) which hopefully can reach depth of around 100m and shoot some videos at those depths. At the moment all photos on this site are my copyright, but soon I'll put up some from my son's (André's) collection. At this point I would like to thank my wife, Michelle, for her patience and for bearing with me, considering I spend a lot of time behind the camera!

As I mentioned before identification is important as it serves as a door to learning about different living things. I am no biologist and much less a taxonomist, so my identifications may be inaccurate, although I've done my best to be as accurate as possible. The opisthobranchia have been patiently identified by Dr. Antonio Perrone, whom I would like to thank for his immense work on this group, over a period of 4 years. Any errors in this category are my fault and I would appreciate any corrections which may be required. Currently I am studying the macroscopic fungi (mushrooms), but the lack of literature is slowing down the process of identification.

I hope you enjoy your visit and would appreciate any comment/s you may have. If you feel you can help by identifying any unidentified material, please do contact me and I will gladly acknowledge your contribution. Unfortunately at the moment I am not in a position to accept photos from other sources to put up on the website as I have quite a load of my own. Hopefully later on I will be able to include other material. Enjoy :)
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