The cute and the ugly

August 23, 2012
The cute and the ugly
 If finishing my thesis was the only thing happening in my life right now, stagnancy would kill me long before I got to printing a draft.  I have learned to take activity breaks as a coping mechanism to keep from injuring myself for fun.  In elementary school, it might be called recess, except my recesses often involve large animals or plunging unseen depths.  I try to make the most of the allotted time I have outside.  For example, I found myself in need of some fresh shark images for a project I'm working on, so this morning me and a couple of worthy helpers headed out in search of some sharks to poke with sticks.  By the end of the day we threw down with about ten good sized Galapagos sharks.  What a day!








And for all you blubber huggers...

 I also took a couple of hours out earlier this week to go for a swim and managed to gain the trust of a pod of dolphins!  I've seen dolphins countless times before, but never have I watched a whole pod slow down to wait for me to catch up.  We swam together for between 5 and 10 minutes before a tour boat came by and we scattered.  
 
 



I've also been busy adding new photos to the Blackwater gallery after a fantastic night dive on Saturday.  And finally, head on over to "Behind the Shot" where I discuss the stories that go into some of the images seen here.  I'll add more as time allows, but alas, I have a thesis to write.

-J-

 

 

Another plane, another tiger shark and a great blackwater dive!

August 9, 2012

 
After a couple of months of government mandated radio silence, I'm starting to catch up.  My outboard is now fixed, new photos and sections are up all over my webpage, and my thesis is back on track so today I decided to take some time off to go play.  I love it when Matt calls me up because it usually means he has found something underwater and needs pictures of it.  Last time it was an airplane and this time it was, well, another airplane.  


 
The first adventure with Matt found little more ...

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Unusual Wrecks

April 29, 2012

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) resting on the fantail of the YO-257
 
  A century of maritime history, military occupation and artificial reefing has left Oahu's sea floor generously sprinkled with metallic relics from the past.  I don't pretend to know much about these submerged artifacts, but if you dive Oahu enough, you're bound to stumble across some form of interesting man-made litter.  For whatever reason (aligned stars, voodoo, or just dumb luck) this past month has been especially ri...
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Portlock- Apocalyptically Awesome!

April 10, 2012

  When the anti-Jesus is born and your house is surrounded by hell-fires this 2012, where will you go to watch armies of mythical creatures battle it out with the invading demons?  Perhaps you have a tranquil stream in your backyard or a spot in your living room where the AC is particularly refreshing to await the inevitable hordes of zombies coming to eat your brains.  While you are huddled in the corner of your bedroom watching wussy unicorns get wedgies from short red men with horns, I, pr...
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Dipping Oahu's Toes into Black Water

April 10, 2012
Originally posted Feb. 17th, 2012 

From big animals on picturesque reefs to the world-famous manta dive and now the mind-boggling blackwater dive, Kona maintains a monopoly on Hawaiian style diving.  Taking a cue from the alien pelagic environment, I've recently been working with Gabe and Drew at Kaimana Divers to bring the alien world of Blackwater to Oahu.  I pitched the idea and they picked up the torch on just about everything else.  Come Sunday night, we'd be headed out of Waianae to emba...


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