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  • An Invitation to Share

    An Invitation to Share

    As an underwater photographer, I’m always pleased to see my photos appear in print, but I’m even delighted to share my passion and my imagery with a real-live audience. It doesn’t matter to me whether I’m in a large auditorium with a rockin’ audio and sound system, or projecting a few photos on the wall of a pizza parlor during …Read More »

  • Avalon Vacation Home For Rent

    Avalon Vacation Home For Rent

    Relax on Catalina Island in accommodations that are more affordable than a hotel yet far more comfortable. – On the “flats” with an easy stroll to town, boat, and beach – Three full-sized bedrooms (2 queen, 1 full) – Sleeps 6 (8 with pull out couch) – 2 bathrooms, both with showers – Washer/dryer – Elegant fully equipped kitchen and …Read More »

  • Looking Back, Moving Ahead

    Looking Back, Moving Ahead

    Ask anyone who’s been diving for decades and you’ll undoubtedly hear a common chorus —  diving has changed a lot. Clearly, our sport has become safer. We have much greater access to dive sites all over the world as well as here in California. We enjoy the option of live-aboard diving and visiting faraway resorts at destinations around the globe. …Read More »

  • A Worm By Any Other Name — Taking a Look at SoCal Tube Worms

    A Worm By Any Other Name — Taking a Look at SoCal Tube Worms

    “Worm” has numerous meanings, including: a weak or despicable person; a self-replicating, detrimental computer program; or, the coiled pipe of a still in which vapor is cooled and condensed. In this article, however, worm means a creeping or burrowing sedentary invertebrate animal with a long, slender, soft body and no true limbs. That description is unlikely to inspire you to …Read More »

  • Shipwreck Identified At California Channel Islands

    Shipwreck Identified At California Channel Islands

    Seventy years after it was scuttled off Los Angeles, government archaeologists have found the wrecked remains of a rare Pacific Coast schooner that was used in the lumber trade in the early 1900s. The Billings, a five-masted schooner built in 1903 by Halls Bros. of Port Blakeley, Washington, hauled lumber from the Northwest to Hawaii, Mexico, South America, Australia and …Read More »

  • SCUBA Show 2013 Seeks Film Festival Submissions

    Assemble your best underwater video film footage now for the SCUBA Show 2013 underwater film festival. The 26th annual SCUBA Show is the largest dive expo of its type in the U.S., and this year it takes place the weekend of June 8-9 at the Long Beach Convention Center. One of the most popular portions of the annual Southern California …Read More »

  • A Squid Snowstorm

    A Squid Snowstorm

    “If they only knew.” That was the thought that ran through my mind as I surfaced at 12:40 a.m. on New Year’s morning on a dive that had began in the final hour of the previous year. It was an extremely clear night, and from my vantage point as we hit the surface I could see the bright lights of …Read More »

  • Gorgonian Corals: Admiring California’s Sea Fans

    Gorgonian corals, known as sea fans and also called horny corals, belong to the Phylum Cnidaria (the “C” is silent), which means “nettle” in Greek and includes hydroids, anemones, jellyfish and corals. All cnidarians are carnivores and their tentacles contain tiny harpoons (nematocysts) that can be fired to repel predators and catch food.  There are two cnidarian forms, polyps and …Read More »

  • Last-Minute Gift Idea is One That Lasts

    Last-Minute Gift Idea is One That Lasts

    The holidays are fast approaching and it looks like I might end up on the “naughty” list again — the list of procrastinators who put off holiday shopping until the last minute. It’s not that I’m a “bah humbug” kind of guy. It’s just that when it comes to gift giving, I want to give each member of my family …Read More »

  • Scuba Chef: Rock Scallop Flatbread Pizza

    Scuba Chef: Rock Scallop Flatbread Pizza

    While diving off Huntington Beach recently, I was asked if I could come up with an interesting way to prepare scallops. During our conversation our boat captain offered to take us to her favorite scallop spot nearby so I said, “Let’s go.” Within the hour we had enough scallops to prepare dinner for four. This rock scallop flatbread pizza can …Read More »

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