After a truly pathetic nights sleep – I got up and got my day started the best I could….. My Bride made a small breakfast and soon I had my gear loaded into the truck and headed into town for what hopefully was going to be a much needed slow quiet SCUBA dive. I met up with neighbors [and dive shop owners] for a casual kick out and dropping down on to one of the big doll pins….. used to be used for helping tie up the big cruise ships that come in…… Not in use anymore, but they hold the widest variety of ocean life you ever want to lay your eyes on. We kicked out to them before dropping down on them and spending our first 20 minutes of the dive on them. Truth be told – I would have been happy spending my entire tank of air on them….. but SO much other stuff to look at, so we kicked on over to the pier…… the life that the pier holds is just incredible…. again – any one given set of legs holding up that 1500′ of pier would have kept me occupied for a tank of air……….. but it is a photographers dream….. you can’t hardly look around or snap pictures fast enough to capture everything the pier has to offer…… One of the things underwater photography has taught me….. is to slow down…. I mean s.l.o.w down…… sometimes hovering in one spot for 10 minutes or so, just to see what is going on around you. I am struggling with that concept, as my entire diving career so far, has been…. go-go-go…….. I did good today…. laying as still as I could muster for several minutes at a time in one spot to get shots of little critters that requires tons of patience [and silence…. i.e. – no bubbles]. I learned a while back, holding your breath is paramount for getting some shots (although the absolute biggest no-no in SCUBA diving you can do) but you have to make a compromise sometimes. Mitch and Andrea let me ‘bottle-ass‘ around as much as I wanted and I had a wonderful time playing with settings on my camera and experimenting with different settings. I figure it shouldn’t take me more than another 20-30 years before I figure them all out 😉 We were under water for 75 minutes before finally popping up close to shore and calling it a day. I felt sorry for Mitch and Andrea as they had to go back to work – while I headed back to the house to soak my brains in alcohol. As I pulled into the drive way – I saw a truck parked in my slot. I started to get
pi** off…. mad, until I recognized the truck as Jim and Deb’s… (from Blues). What a great surprise. They were out ‘slumming’ and decided to stop in. Wonderful people those two. We sat and chatted for an hour or so before they finally packed up and head ‘all the way back’ to mid island….. a whole whopping 30 minutes or so 😉 Always a good time to spend time with those two~!!
Finally back in the house…. made a sammich and got today’s pictures up and edited….. you’re gonna like them [I hope]… a nice change from ATV pictures….. Looks like I have tours tomorrow – new news….. but it keeps me [mostly] out of trouble and busy……
Good Night Ya’ll : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : Thankx for stopping in~!
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