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Dr. Randy Harwood

October 28th, 2016 Comments off

Dr. Randy Harwood, on breaks from giving his clients (like me) excellent dental care, travels the world as an underwater photographer.  In this photo he is shown on a stroll with his Buddhist monk host, and a magnificent tiger.  It was taken at Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua (the Tiger Temple), Kanchanaburi province, Thailand.

This is just one photo in Randy Harwood’s latest Underwater World 2011 Calendar.  To obtain one go to

For more of his work featured on this website, enter his name in the search box.  Beautiful, beautiful photographs.  You’ll see.

Underwater Photographer Randy Harwood – The Coral Grouper

August 11th, 2016 Comments off

Coral Grouper, Cephalopholis Miniata  Photographed at Peleliu, Palau, Micronesia by Randy Harwood 

This stunning creature is often seen peering from under a coral colony or moving from one ambush site to another.

The festive red and blue coloration of the coral grouper belies a voracious appetite. Its diet consists mainly of small reef fishes, including the ubiquitous scalefin anthias. It relies on stealth to get close to its quarry. When within striking distance, it will explode into the water column to intercept an individual anthias before it can rush back to cover.

The coral grouper tends to do most of its hunting during dawn and dusk – it is known as a crepuscular predator. In some cases it will follow morays or octopuses as they probe reef cracks and crevices looking for food. The hunting activity of these predators will sometimes flush food from cover that the coral grouper than snaps up.

Juveniles of this species have fewer, less conspicuous spots than the adults. Underwater World 2005

For other underwater photos, and information enter Randy Harwood in the search box.

Dr. Harwood’s Underwater World

July 28th, 2016 Comments off

Dr. Randy Harwood is not only an excellent dentist, but he is also an accomplished underwater photographer.  Each year he produces, among other things, an outstanding calendar, available for purchase at

This photo is from his 2009 calendar, Kind Demoiselle, Chrysiptera rex ,Photographed at Kavieng, Papua New Guinea

Isn’t this a beautiful work of  art by our Heavenly Father, the creator?  Even if no human being ever saw the underwater world, He gave it endless variety, elegance and individuality.  That’s just one of the reasons we call him awesome!

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Best Wishes to Dr. Harwood

March 6th, 2015 Comments off

Dr. HarwoodDr. Randy Harwood has retired from the dental clinic to pursue his real love – underwater photography.  I have posted many of his photos and formed his own category, so you may see his work more easily.

Now he will have more time to walk with tigers ,and  other exotic animals , as he travels extensively to photograph our amazing underwater world.  

Be safe Dr. Harwood, have fun,  and thanks for the good care you have given to your many patients, including me.

Cool Dentist: Underwater Photographer

July 1st, 2013 Comments off


American Alligator, Alligator Mississippiensis, The Everglades, FL

Isn’t this an extraordinary photograph?  It was taken by Dr. Randall Harwood.  He is my dentist, as well as a gifted underwater photographer.  Dr. Harwood and his wife travel to many exotic places all over the world, visiting kelp forests and coral reefs, diving and photographing the amazing creatures that inhabit the seas.

For over 15 years his photographs have been shown in his beautiful calendars, allowing the rest of us a glimpse into the magnificence that is found in the underwater world.

Apparently his work as a dentist provides him the resources to do what he really loves, and I think that is great.  Dr. Harwood has been a well respected dentist for many years, with a devoted, friendly staff. I have been assured that he is not going to abandon his practice for full time photography any time soon.

That, along with regular visits to the dental hygienist, Darlene, keeps me smiling.


Young Lionfish, Photographed at Bligh Straits, Fiji

Check out his most current calendar  at

Underwater World 2010, photography by Randy Harwood

Dr. Harwood and the Magnificent Chromodorid

May 31st, 2012 Comments off

Magnificent Chromodorid, Chromodoris magnifica, Photo taken off of Borneo, Malaysia, by Randy Harwood.

1. The Magnificent Chromodoris (Chromodoris magnifica) can be found occurring throughout the Indo-Western Pacific region and has been found in the warm tropical waters of Indonesia, Malayasia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Queensland in Australia.

2. This species can be recognised by the orange mantle edge which has a thin white stripe at the edge, the pale blue colouration in the middle of the mantle and the dark blue/black stripes. The gills and rhinophores are both coloured orange.

3. Can be found living on coral reefs from depths of 5 metres to at least 30 metres.

4.  Is known to feed on sponges. In the Philippines it has been observed feeding on an orange sponge.

5. Grows to at least 6cm in length.

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Dr. Harwood and the Orbicular Blurrfish

May 24th, 2012 Comments off

Orbicular Blurrfish, Cyclichthys orbicularis, Photo taken at Great Barrier Reef, Australia, by Randy Harwood


Also called Burrfish, Spiny Boxfish, Blowfish, Balloonfish, Globefish, Swelltoads, Hedgehog Fishes, Spiny Box Puffer, Round Burrfish and Birdbeak Burrfish.

Found singly and nocturnally on clear protected reefs and slopes with sponge and algae areas.They hide in large sponges during the day and come out at night to feed nocturnally on hard shell invertebrates. Widespread Indo-Pacific

Porcupinefish spines lay flat, but when threatened they can inflate like a “football with spikes” so the spines are facing outwards to deter prey. The have a plated mouth structure for crushing shells or “fingers”.  Can give a nasty bite!

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Dr. Harwood and the Tiger Shark

May 14th, 2012 Comments off


A large tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier, and an underwater photographer size each other up on a shallow Bahamian seabed.  Photo taken in the Bahamas by Randy Harwood.

Tiger sharks are predatory animals primarily known for their voracious appetites. They seem to be indiscriminate in their food selection and are known to eat: fishes, other sharks, sea turtles, mollusks, and seabirds. They are also known scavengers. Examination of tiger shark stomach contents revealed such diverse items as animal antlers and ship garbage.

Their feeding habits may indicate a highly specialized adaptation to their biology in that they are extremely large animals and need a lot of food. Their uniquely shaped teeth are highly evolved and allow them to feed on a variety of food items, which helps prevent food shortages that might arise in more selective feeders.

 Tiger sharks are second only to the great white shark in the number of reported attacks on humans. Fortunately though, attacks are rare. In Hawaii, although tiger sharks were responsible for several fatalities in the 1990s, there is an average of one shark attack there per year. A low number considering the average number of drownings is 40.
Its large size and voracious appetite make the tiger shark an apex predator of the ocean. Because of their indiscriminate appetite, tiger sharks can be curious and aggressive towards humans in the water and therefore must be treated with extreme caution.

Randy Harwood Plays With Sea Lions

November 21st, 2011 Comments off

When my dentist, Dr. Randy Harwood, visited  the sea lion rookery at Santa Barbara Island, he got some curious stares from this upclose and personal Sea Lion.  Zalophus califorianus.

Dr. Harwood writes, “These lions of the sea are extremely acrobatic swimmers who enjoy playing with SCUBA divers, often nibbling on fins, admiring their reflections in the camera port and frolicking with their playmates off the islands of California.”

For more of Dr. Harwood’s incredible photography, go to and see his Underwater World Calendar.  The 2012 Calendars are now available.

Randy Harwood, Underwater Photographer

April 8th, 2011 Comments off

Dr. Randy Harwood: Young Barramundi

Photographed near Sorido Bay Kri Island , West Papua, Indonesia

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