Went for a quick dive on Wednesday. The sea was frothy, waves were high, and the visibility was near zero. Was pretty disappointing, since I woke up early and lugged my gear across Nice. But you have to take what the sea is willing to give you, and if it is high waves, and zero Read More …
Brrrr. The water is COLD this time of year. When you slide off the boat into the water the shock of hitting the cool water never gets better. This is my third year diving in winter, and while that initial shock never seems to change, I have noticed that it takes less time to wear off, and for me to adjust to the temperature. I will never forget my first real winter dive, and how generally uncomfortable I was the whole time I was in the water. Now, after several years, I get comfortable within a few minutes.
The seas was calm and clear today. I don’t remember the last time I saw it this calm throughout the entire day. It wasn’t very sunny, but the water was warm. I managed about three hours in the water before fatigue overtook me. Overall, it was a pleasant surprise, considering we are almost to December.
We passed a very nice week with a group of friends near the Bay of Liscia, just north of Ajaccio. The bay cuts deeply into the island of Corsica, and is quite unique. The first locals we met warned us against the tides. Evidently, there are severe currents that can pull you out to sea. From what we heard, there were a couple deaths each year.
The water has been pretty crappy and cloudy after our big thunderstorm this week. I ended up going out for a sortie with my girlfriend’s brother-in-law, since I offered to take him, and he jumped at it. Visibility wasn’t very good, and conditions weren’t ideal either, but that didn’t stop us from having a great Read More …
Well, this will likely be my last post for a few weeks. I won’t likely be diving next weekend, and the next two weekends will be the annual trip to Corsica. There will hopefully be loads of photos to share, but it will be some time before I will have a chance to post. Lets hope they are good. I had a little issue with my equipment today that almost ruined a bunch of shots, and I am at least happy that it happened now, rather than during my Corsica trip.
Well, this was the first weekend I was really able to get out and do some photo work with my new equipment. We had some very high winds, and most of the water was very agitated, with dangerous waves. I heard there was a guy who died in a boat accident yesterday, after the winds threw his boat up on the rocks. Yikes! That being said, there are almost always places with calm waters. Yesterday I checked out the water over by the airport (the non-windy side), and it was calm as could be. Visibility was pretty good, and I took some macro shots. This morning we got a small group together and headed over the St. Jean Cap-Ferrat where we found a protected bay to dive in, and conditions weren’t bad.
The last week has been pretty beautiful. I’m getting back into the swing of things with my diving. I hit the water four times in the last seven days. Unfortunately, I will be taking a bit of a forced break, due to a little accident involving my toe and the bath tub (It’s not pretty). It guess it just wasn’t my weekend.
I know it has been awhile since I have posted anything, but I have been laying low – taking a break from diving. I have been preparing for next spring, selling off most of my photo equipment, and saving up for a new, more professional rig. I am going with the Nikon D90 (yes, I switched teams), with an Ikelite case with 8″ dome and sigma 8-16 mm wide angle lens. My goal is around May to have everything in my possession.
It’s no secret that swimming pools aren’t really my thing. In my book, they are good for training – that’s about it. Imagine my surprise when I went the the pool with my girlfriend’s niece and nephew and actually had a lot of fun – not to mention escaping with a few fun photos!