I went diving last weekend! Life is good. Spent some time with my buddy and photographer extraordinaire, Jason Bradley, looking at images, talking photography, and maybe drinking a little wine. He showed me (among other things), a beautiful image of an anemone, that just struck me… so I made it a goal for my dive day to try something similar. I find that a great way to expand my photographic repertoire. I’ll never get it exactly the same, but hopefully I have a little of myself in the image(s) I do make. My other photographic goal was to get some sea nettle shots. I really want a good nettle shot! They have eluded me so far.
I woke up Sunday morning, hit Starbucks for coffee and a space to set up my camera gear, and the down to K Dock to pick up the Beach Hopper II, where Captain Mary Jo Nelson and crewman Josh welcomed us. As usual, Mary Jo had baked us fresh cookies (ginger cookies – YUM!). Conditions suggested that we not venture out of the Bay… so we stayed in and had two great dives.
78 Ft, 46 minutes
Water temp: 57 degrees – positively warm!
Viz: 30 feet
Used my (newish) LP95 tank… love that tank. Anyone want to buy a used HP80? A little surgy, but not bad.
50 Ft, 40 minutes
Water temp: 59 degrees – Even warmer!
Viz: 30 feet
Less surge, lots of sea nettles and blue rockfish hovering around. But wait – is this Monterey? The water is this strange blue-ish color… Winter diving is coming, folks!