Mar 302011
 
The Underwater Gardener: Restoring Staghorn Coral in Key Largo, Florida

If you’ve ever tried tending a garden, you might be able to imagine the complexities of planting and maintaining a nursery located twenty feet under the sea.  I got just a taste of what it takes to be an underwater gardener when I joined a trip, organized by Captain Don Voss of Marine Cleanup Initiative, […]

Oct 222010
 
Bringing the Outside In

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco It’s been raining a lot lately.  This is good for our reservoirs, but not good for my weekend plans. All this time spent indoors, reading good books and drinking hot tea, reminds me of the winters that I spent in New York City.  Without the means or the time […]

Aug 072010
 
The Wide View: Diving the Channel Islands with the Olympus E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds Camera

Looking up a five story kelp bed off of San Clemente Island In July, I took advantage of the warmer surface temperatures to schedule two separate diving trips off the coast of southern California.  My objective was to test out my Olympus E-PL1 micro four thirds camera system and my Olympus PT-EP01 underwater housing.  This […]

Apr 302010
 
Grunion Run 2010

  The Venice Oceanarium is organizing a Grunion party tonight at 11 pm at the Venice Breakwater (head to the end of Windward Avenue).  Grunions are sardine-sized fish found only off the coast of California and Baja California.  During grunion season, which peaks from March – June, grunions arrive at beaches en masse, 2 to […]

Apr 252010
 
Camera Review: Olympus E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds Camera with Olympus PT-EP01 Underwater Housing

Earlier this week I received my long-anticipated underwater housing for my Olympus micro four thirds camera (Olympus Pen E-PL1).  It was delivered via express mail by Optical Ocean Sales–the first shop that I could find that had the housing in-stock.  (Jack Connick at Optical Ocean Sales was very helpful during this process.)  I received the […]