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Colorado Underwater Photographic Society February Meeting

CUPS Meeting Tues February 18th at 6:30 for socializing and 7pm for the presentation at the Downtown Aquarium. Park across the street in their lot and save stub for validation at the bar.

The Calendar Lake and Mt Kilimanjaro - Adventures in East AfricaDuring the summer of 2013 Paddy Ryan and Laura Hix headed to Africa to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. Blissfully unaware of the expense and difficulty in traveling around this vast region they also decided to dive in Lake Malawi. Lake Malawi has as many fish species as the Caribbean - most of them cichlids. For a biologist this represents an amazing example of explosive adaptive radiation and is a case study for most Evolution courses.

Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, and at 19340 feet represents quite a challenge. It isn't a climb but more of a hike and it tests you both physically and emotionally. Paddy and Laura took no underwater photographs on Mt Kilimanjaro ...
About Paddy Ryan: Paddy was born In England and has lived in Jersey in the Channel Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Sarawak, Australia and the US. He has a doctorate in zoology and is formerly taught at Johnson & Wales University in Denver. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Colorado School of Mines. He is a keen, widely published, nature photographer who has written a number of books including the Snorkeller’s Guide to the Coral Reef, Fiordland Underwater - New Zealand’s Hidden Wilderness, Fiji’s Natural Heritage and most recently Kri Eco - Raja Ampat.  He has been diving for 30+ years and taking underwater photographs for nearly all of that time. He’s a PADI dive master with well over 1000 dives to his credit. 

Request for Feedback Needed for our next Meeting (important that you respond).
  Please respond if you would be interested in having our March or April meeting at Reed Photo.

The purpose in such a meeting would be for CUPS members to discover more about displaying their pictures. It happens that many photographers have extensive photo libraries in their computers, where they are seldom seen. Personally Nick Ferris has for years framed prints with matting, glass, hooks, wire, etc. in the customary way. Which he does not like. At Reed Photo there are on display quite a few nature/wildlife pictures that have a protective finish, no glass (so no glare), no frame, and no matte. Nick thought it would be of interest for members to find out more: sizes available (no limit), finishes, costs, mounting devices, and certain 3D effects that can be created. We would need a good attendance for Reed Photo to have a member for us after hours. Please email Sonia

The first thing Reed's is concerned with is CUPS participation. Gary Reed used to attend some our meetings a few years back and noticed that attendance was quite variable. Before agreeing to a meeting date we need to find out whether CUPS members would attend and report to Reed what might reasonably be expected. Nick will bring a couple of my pictures of the sort described above to illustrate at the February meeting.

   Please email Sonia  [masked] if you can attend a meeting at their location 888 Federal Blvd (just not of Federal and Sixth Ave) on March 18 or April 16 at 630 pm arrival with tour at 700 pm. 
Dive Travel
See your local scuba store or Colorado Dive Retailers have their trips listed on:

NEW BRING AND SHARE: Time permitting, we will show your photos or items of interest during the meeting. (Especially if relevant to this month’s presentation)

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: [masked]

· The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2013 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)

· Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.

· Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium If you want to make your own MapQuest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211

·  Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS has return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST: Blue Drinks at Denver Divers with Dr David E. Guggenheim the “Fish Doctor” and his ventures to Cuba. Thursday Feb 27th 6:30-8:30pm come and meet the members of the Colorado Ocean Coalition who brought you “Making Waves” the past three years. Join in and network with fellow ocean enthusiast.

CUPS Meeting Tues., Feb. 18, 2014 Paddy Ryan will speak on his adventure diving in Lake Malawi and climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.

CUPS Member Paddy Ryan's Philippines Trip July 2014

Scandi Divers, Puerto Galera, Philippines July 19 - 29 at the Resort (Dates and length of stay flexible) 

This location is spectacular with huge biodiversity - here's what their website has to say :
"Our two kilometer reef exceeds the bio-diversity of the entire Caribbean and Great Barrier Reef combined"  It was basically unaffected by the typhon, Haiyan.

The airfare around $1300 round trip from LAX, $1450 from Denver. The cost of the land trip (excluding airfare) will be approximately US$900 and will include:

Overnight hotel in Manila July 18, Ten nights double occupancy (single add $250), 16 boat dives plus option to add dives, Dive and accommodation tips, Transfer to and from resort, Overnight hotel in Manila July 29, Manila Departure tax. Accommodation upgrade is available. Meals are not included about $200.

Dive Travel
Colorado Dive Retailers have their trips listed on:

Underwater Journal (comprehensive online dive magazine)

If anyone has Scuba Related announcements, please email them to Sonia Atwood [masked]

Please share with friends on FaceBook!

The Team at CUPS

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    Sorry didn't make it. .. got stuck in traffic :-)

    February 18, 2014

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