Obligatory End-of-Year Post (A Summary of 2013)

It's always so fun to look back over the year and re-live all your cool memories. From a diving perspective, this year was an exercise in divergent paths. I came to discover that I held virtually equal interest in wreck diving and tiny critter hunting! Many of my favorite photos from the year are featured in my 2014 wall calendar, which is available here.

In January, I dove the Infidel wreck:

Diving the Infidel wreck off Catalina Island

Diving the Infidel wreck off Catalina Island

 

In February, I obsessed over Spanish Shawl nudibranchs:

Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

 

March saw a return to rusty metal on the oil rigs and the Olympic wreck:

Metridium anemone on Southern California Oil Rigs

Metridium anemone on Southern California oil rig

 

More nudibranchs in April with Acanthodoris rhodoceras:

Acanthodoris rhodoceras nudibranch

Acanthodoris rhodoceras nudibranch, Catalina Island

In May, I got out of the water for a hot second to chase moose around northern New Hampshire:

Moose in Pittsburg, NH

Moose in Pittsburg, NH

 

June was a time to begin learning to dive closed-circuit on my rEvo rebreather, and also to dive the Palawan wreck:

 

A portion of July was spent cruising and diving the Sea of Cortez, which was supposed to be about seeing big animals, but ended up being about Sea of Cortez nudibranchs:

Tambja nudibranch gills, Sea of Cortez

Tambja nudibranch gills, Sea of Cortez

 

The rest of the summer was all about local wrecks (HMCS YukonRuby E, USS Hogan, Cape Charles Workboat) and local nudibranchs:

Forward guns, HMCS Yukon wreck

Forward guns, HMCS Yukon wreck

Diving the Ruby E wreck

Diving the Ruby E wreck

Diving the USS Hogan wreck

Diving the USS Hogan wreck

Crane of the Cape Charles

Crane of the Cape Charles "workboat"

Melibe leonina nudibranch, hooded nudibranch, lion's mane nudibranch

Melibe leonina nudibranch

 

Fall brought great visibility to Catalina Island:

Sunlight in the Catalina kelp forest canopy

Sunlight in the Catalina kelp forest canopy

 

I kicked off winter with a muck diving trip in Anilao, Philippines, with lots of cool finds like pygmy seahorses, frogfish, and of course, more nudibranchs:

Pygmy seahorse, Anilao, Philippines

Pygmy seahorse, Anilao, Philippines

 

Frogfish, Anilao, Philippines

Frogfish, Anilao, Philippines

Yellow thorny seahorse, Anilao, Philippines

Yellow thorny seahorse, Anilao, Philippines

 

Finally, I wrapped up December with a dive on the UB-88, a German WWI submarine.

UB-88 submarine wreck

UB-88 submarine wreck

 

What's in store for 2014? January is already filled up with more rebreather training and wreck diving in San Diego and San Clemente Island. As for the rest of the year - only time will tell :)

Happy new year, everyone!

 


One Response to “Obligatory End-of-Year Post (A Summary of 2013)”

  1. Beverlee Larsson says:

    Thanks for sharing this world with us. Before you, I had no idea what a Nudibranch was, now I can’t wait to see more! The pigmy seahorse is also divine. Your shots are amazing! ♥

    · January 7, 2014 @ 3:37 pm

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