Sep 302011
 
The one that got away: Diving with sea lions and seals of Anacapa

A sea lion comes in for a closer look I was SCUBA diving in the bracing waters off of Anacapa in the Channel Islands, receiving a stern lecture via vigorous pantomime.  Words aren’t an option when both parties are submerged 30 feet underwater.  It was clear to me, despite our lack of words, that my […]

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, […]

Nov 302010
 
The Dinosaur Hunters: Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah

My brother Andrew insisted that he had discovered a dinosaur bone, and I wasn’t buying it.  Granted, we were standing on the crumbly slope of Dinosaur Hill, where an almost-complete skeleton of Apatosaurus (colloquially but incorrectly known by the name Brontosaurus) was discovered in 1901.  But Dinosaur Hill was a well frequented stop on the “Dinosaur Diamond“, a […]

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 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 […]