2015 in Pictures

Ethiopia, Taiwan, Japan, and lots of time underwater – 2015 was a fun year! It was also a year of learning as I moved to a DSLR for underwater and a Leica M for travel. Interestingly, the Leica system really changed my approach to photography. I found that the manual focus and exposure mechanisms of…

Streets of Tokyo

I love to walk the streets in Japan. Everywhere I turn there seem to be fun contrasts. Hand painted lanterns beside modern buildings, traditionally dressed monks walking past Japanese hipsters and Christmas trees …. what fun …

Postcard From Taiwan

I’ve been photographing Longshan Temple in Taiwan for almost 10 years. Every time I photograph people praying at the incense burners, I come away feeling like the images don’t really capture the feeling of the moment. This time feels different. A rainy day, a crowd of people, and an old lady with a clear plastic…

Sea Lions

Cold water, high winds, rough waves, and SEA LIONS!!!!! This is why I love cold water diving. Norris Rocks in British Columbia is the winter home to a population of Stellar sea lions. Diving with them was my single greatest nature experience. These 800 lb “puppies” would dart around and play, occasionally stopping to be…

Temple Wanderings

One of my favorite things to do in Asia is wandering through temples early in the morning. I love these tiny oases. Ancient and modern at the same time. The tall buildings and car noises fade away and are replaced by gentle prayers and the movements of worship as people start their day. Just the…

When Whales Feed

This is the magical time of year in Monterey when humpback whales gorge themselves on sardines, anchovies and krill. These 45 foot long mammals need to eat around three tons of fish a day. They accomplish this by lunging through schools of fish with their giant mouths open. An incredible spectacle. Of course, because it’s…

Diving the Georgia Strait

I’ve completely fallen in love with diving in the cold waters of British Columbia. Yes, the visibility can be poor, the currents can be rough, and the water is … well … not warm! But the wildlife is spectacular. Where else can you get eye to eye with a giant pacific octopus, or lay on…

Monterey in Miniature

This weekend I concentrated on photographing the tiny things in Monterey. A 2 inch long Rainbow Nudibranch that looks like a tiny ocean fire; tiny bug-eyed fish that dart across the sand; and patches of miniature sea anemones. While these are all small creatures, they are extraordinary to watch and interact with. What a marvelous…

Monterey Bay Wildlife

Lately I’ve spent so much time below water that I had forgotten about the marvelous things that happen on the surface. Monterey gave me a great reminder today. Otter and sea gulls fighting over a crab, a visit from a black footed albatross, and the awe of being surrounded by over a dozen humpback whales…