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Fijian landscape

Throwback Thursday: Fiji Honeymoon

I’d never heard of Air Pacific prior to booking our honeymoon flight to Fiji. It seemed like LAX hadn’t, either; our gate was in a forgotten far corner of the antiquated Bradley Terminal, a good half-mile away from the security checkpoint. No big deal, though: after the hot shower I’d had in the airport lounge, the commute was a pleasant way to wind down before the redeye flight. That is, it was leisurely until it was nearly time to board, and I realized I had left my passport behind at security.

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Seahorse, Westpunt, Curaçao

The Recalcitrant Seahorse

Once upon a time, in a magical far away land called Curaçao, there was a seahorse.   And it was a jerk.   Every time I approached it with my camera, it would turn its back to me. Every. Single. Time. Sometimes, it even just got up and walked away. I hated that seahorse. And []

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Leopard Shark at Marine Room, La Jolla, California

Snorkeling with Leopard Sharks at the Marine Room!

Yeah, I usually dive. But it was a sunny day, and the shallow water was clear. And who wants to put on a drysuit and carry all that heavy scuba equipment across the beach in the hot sun? Not me, not yesterday. But the leopard sharks have moved in at La Jolla. And I had []

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Mat and Ash at Altun Ha, Belize

A very happy anniversary in Belize!

Just a bit over a year ago, my awesome husband and I got married up in Calistoga, California. We spent an incredible three weeks in Fiji for our honeymoon, and had such a great time that we resolved to try to take a long trip every year for our anniversary! So, for our first anniversary []

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Salp chain

An Uncommon Dive at La Jolla Shores

Friday morning, I went for one last cold-water dive at La Jolla before heading out of town for the Long Beach Scuba Show and our anniversary trip to Belize. With the possible exception of last year’s squid run, this was one of the most different and interesting La Jolla Shores dives I’ve ever done. In []

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Tube anemone at La Jolla Shores

Diving La Jolla Shores, San Diego: The Usual Suspects

I have a confession to make: It’s been weeks since my last time diving La Jolla Shores. Conditions have been less than wonderful and life has gotten in the way. This morning, a friend and I finally got back in the water (in honor of his birthday!) and had a great time. It sounds silly, []

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Healthy Fiji coral reef

Scuba Diving Fiji’s Viti Levu!

Fiji is home to some of the world’s best dive sites. When the currents pick up, the soft corals “bloom” into a breathtakingly colorful display, earning the islands the title of “the soft coral capital of the world.” A direct flight away from Los Angeles, Viti Levu, the biggest Fijian island, is one of the easiest Pacific islands to get to from the United States.

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Peltodoris nobilis - sea lemon (noble dorid)

Nudibranchs: The Sea Lemon

Anisodoris nobilis, or the noble dorid nudibranch, is also known as the sea lemon. This name is not only attributable to its yellow color, but apparently also to a citrusy smell it can give off when it is handled. Unlike many tinier nudibranchs, the sea lemon can reach up to around five inches in length. []

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Market Squid Run in La Jolla, CA

San Diego, California: The Running of the Squid

2011’s market squid run was one of the most incredible phenomena I have ever experienced while diving. Every year, tens of thousands of these foot-long squid congregate to mate, lay eggs, and die. The water was thick with San Diego squid–visibility was limited not by particulate in the water column, but by the density of []

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Angel Shark

California Diving: Sharks and Rays

We’re headed back to San Diego in just a few short, hectic days. There are friends to see and things to pack, and of course there is cleaning to do… and whereas I miss our Killington friends dearly when we are away, I can’t wait to get back in the water. Going through old photos []

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Stuart Cove's Dive Hut

Nassau, Bahamas: Beaches, Boats, and Brews

Everything seems brighter in the tropics. I chose to process most of these in HDR because I really liked how it brought out the bright, saturated colors of the islands. First, a few from Stuart Cove’s, the dive center where we spent most of our vacation:   These bait boxes go underwater with the shark []

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Diving Nassau, Bahamas: David Tucker Wreck and the Hollywood Bowl

  Our last dive day in Nassau brought sunny, tropical weather once again. However, the ocean had not yet recovered from the storm, and strong currents, coupled with compromised visibility, made diving a little bit difficult. The David Tucker was donated by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force to become an artificial reef. It sits in []

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Palm tree bending in the wind

Nassau: Winter in Paradise

  During our Nassau trip, it became evident that even the Bahamas are not immune to winter. We had a storm roll across the island that brought strong winds, cold temperatures, and a little bit of rain. We hunkered down for a day, but as the storm moved back out to sea, we came back []

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Stuart Cove's boat and shark

Diving Nassau, Bahamas: Shark Diving

My favorite dive from our entire trip was the Caribbean reef shark feed. It was the perfect Valentine’s Day gift from my husband! We dove with Stuart Cove’s, a dive operator known both for Bahamas shark diving and the underwater production of many major Hollywood films, such as Flipper, Jaws: The Revenge, Into the Blue, []

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Barracuda

Diving Nassau, Bahamas: More Tropical Fish (and other critters)

  Barracuda hunt primarily by sight, and are therefore sometimes attracted to shiny objects, as they might resemble the scales of prey fish.  I’ve sometimes had barracuda follow my camera around, presumably because they were interested in the flashes of light from my strobes. This was not one such fish. It wanted nothing to do []

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Gray Angelfish

Diving Nassau, Bahamas: Tropical Fish

  Just a few of the tropical fish we saw in the Bahamas…   Gray Angelfish:   Trumpetfish:   Pufferfish:     Parrotfish:   Please check out my entire Nassau underwater photo gallery here.

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Sea Turtle

Diving Nassau, Bahamas: Sea Turtle

  If I had to characterize the diving in the Bahamas with one word, it would be… “big.” It seems like everything underwater there is big. Unlike, say, Curacao, where the vast majority of sea life is tiny and to be found within the crevices of the coral reef, the marine life of the Bahamas []

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Grouper

Diving Nassau, Bahamas: Grouper

I like groupers for three reasons. 1. They’re pretty scary-looking. 2. They’re easy to photograph. Groupers are relatively territorial and sedentary, and a fish that stays in one place is a fish that’s more likely to star in a “keeper” photo. The infamous fleeing “fish butt” photo is no fun at all.     3. []

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Ellen Oil Rig Southern California

Southern California Offshore Oil Rigs

This weekend we had the opportunity to dive Eureka, Ellen, and Elly, oil rigs off the coast of Huntington Beach, California. These rigs are in active operation and stand in water 260-720′ deep. With special permission from the oil companies that own them, divers can charter boats for the ~10 mile crossing. Anchoring is impractical []

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Sunset Cliffs

Sunset at Sunset Cliffs

Sunset Cliffs are a stretch of sandstone bluffs about a mile from our home in San Diego. Although they’re a popular spot for surfers, joggers, and sunbathers, it’s still relatively easy to find a quiet spot to watch the sunset and the breaking waves. On the south end of the cliffs, a metal staircase provides []

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