Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sportdiving In Australia - Published Our Story In Their June 2011 Issue.

We just learned that one of my images was chosen for the cover of the June 2011 issue of Sportdiving in Australia. Now that the postal strike in Canada is over, we may get to see the actual magazine rather than this low res image of the magazine's cover published online.  Kathryn and I also have a story about diving in British Columbia in the same issue about diving in Queen Charlotte Strait. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

True Love ~ Comes Once In A Lifetime.

... open your eyes and your heart and see the miracle in front of you.

Once Upon A Valentine's Day

An old man got on a bus one February 14th, carrying a dozen
roses. He sat beside a young man. The young man looked at
the roses and said, "Somebody's going to get a beautiful
Valentine's Day gift."

"Yes," said the old man.

A few minutes went by and the old man noticed that his young
companion was staring at the roses. "Do you have a
girlfriend?" the old man asked.

"I do," said the young man. "I'm going to see her right
now, and I'm going to give her this Valentine's Day card."

They rode in silence for another 10 minutes, and then the
old man got up to get off the bus. As he stepped out into
the aisle, he suddenly placed the roses on the young man's
lap and said, "I think my wife would want you to have these.
I'll tell her that I gave them to you."

He left the bus quickly. As the bus pulled away, the young
man turned to see the old man enter the gates of a cemetery.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Here They Come…

The Monkees are playing the Red Robinson Show Theatre / Boulevard Casino on September  23, 2011.  Kathryn and I will be there in row 6!
Responsible for some of the biggest hits of the 60s, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork  will be celebrating their 45th Anniversary Tour. Michael Nesmith will not be joining the tour.
Selling 50 million records with hits such as Daydream Believer, Last Train to Clarksville, I’m a Believer and (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone, The Monkees provided the soundtrack to teenage lives on both sides of the Atlantic from the ‘60s onwards. With the TV series being repeated throughout the 1980s, a whole new legion of fans were exposed to their crazy antics. 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Happy Birthday To The Love Of My Life!

June 12, 2011 - The only thing sweeter than drinking a Baileys with a 10,000 year old glacier ice cube is... sharing this life with my wife, Kathryn. She is AMAZING!!!
Happy Birthday, baby!! XOXOOXO


Japan launches research whaling in the NW Pacific


Japan sent a whaling fleet to the northwest Pacific for what it called a research hunt yesterday, four months after cutting short a similar mission in the Antarctic due to obstruction by activists.

The three-vessel fleet, led by the Nisshin Maru, plans to catch 260 whales including 100 minkes until late August to study their stomach contents, DNA and other information, according to the Institute of Cetacean Research. The government-affiliated institute has organized such operations since 1987, citing a clause in a 1986 international moratorium on commercial whaling that allows hunts for scientific research. Anti-whaling nations and environmentalist groups condemn the activity as a cover for commercial whaling, but Japan said it is necessary to substantiate its claim that there is a robust whale population in the world. The institute said the mission would be its 18th scientific expedition to the northwest Pacific.

On Feb. 18, Japan halted a research hunt in the Antarctic Ocean for the 2010-2011 season, which had been due to run from December until March, because of obstruction by militant environmentalist group Sea Shepherd. The US-based Sea Shepherd, which says its tactics are non--violent but aggressive, hurled paint and stink bombs at whaling ships, snared their propellers with rope, and moved its own boats between the harpoon ships and their prey.
Japan’s four-ship fleet killed 172 whales in that season, only about one-fifth of its target, the fisheries agency said at that time.

Australia — which last year launched legal action against Japan’s whaling program at the International Court of Justice — and New Zealand said they hoped Japan had given up whaling for good. The institute told Japanese media that there has been no instance of obstructive activities in the northwest Pacific so far, but that “we cannot automatically consider the area safe.”

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sea Otter: What Purple Teeth You Have.

Another mammal with unusual teeth is the Sea Otter. It’s not their size, though, that distinguishes a Sea Otter’s teeth but their color: purple. 
The color, it seems, is derived from Purple Sea Urchins, a favorite Sea Otter food. Even before they can munch and crunch sea urchins for themselves, baby Sea Otters get purple-stained teeth, presumably from their mother’s milk. Of course, Sea Otters in areas that lack Purple Sea Urchins have white teeth.

Monday, June 6, 2011

My First Dive - It Was A Gas, Gas, Gas.

This is what my infamous Gas Mask looked like.

When I was five years old I happened to watch a TV episode of a scuba diving adventure show called Sea Hunt.I was so inspired that I grabbed a war surplus gas mask that I had begged my dad to buy me at the county fair and ventured out into our backyard. We had a large iron cauldron that was filled with water and goldfish. My gas mask had goggles and a long hose attached to a canister. Surely it would work underwater, or so I thought. After putting on the gas mask I heaved myself up on the lip of the cauldron and dunked my head in the water. Not only could I clearly see the goldfish swimming, but I also could see the rust flakes on the bottom of the caldron. Soon enough, water began seeping into the mask. “No worries”, I thought, “I have a breathing hose.” Of course, the gas mask flooded with water and I had to abort. No one was there to witness my first underwater adventure, but I can remember it as if it was yesterday.
From that moment, I was hooked on the idea that one day I would become a scuba diver. While growing up I was drawn to watching scuba diving oriented documentaries such as "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau" and the shark diving adventures of Australia’s Ron & Valerie Taylor. These were my boyhood heroes. During my childhood, I can’t tell you how many garden hoses I cut up to use as a breathing hose attached to large 26 ounce Coke bottles. While none of these makeshift devices ever worked, it never dampened my desire to one day breathe underwater. I eventually learned to scuba dive in British Columbia’s Emerald Sea when I was 22. My interest in underwater photography soon followed, as I wanted to bring back images of the things I saw beneath the sea to show family and friends. I actually learned photography and how to adjust a camera’s f-stops and shutter speeds 60-feet beneath the waves.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

My Product Review: Light & Motion SOLA 600 Dive Light

Light & Motion's Sola 600 Focus Light is by far one of the best diving lights I have ever used in my 30 years of diving experience. Here's a link to my recent product review in the June 2011 issue of Northwest Dive News Magazine. SOLA 600 Review.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Feedback On Our Presentation - 2011 BC Association Of Travel Writers Symposium.

May 28, 2011 - The BCATW Symposium provided great tips and a wonderful networking opportunity not to mention some fabulous prizes. Jett Britnell inspired the crowd with his slide show on underwater photography and dive travel writing. He addressed issues of composition (such as how to shoot potential cover photos), using models in your shots, what editors expect of him and the usefulness of using online social media to create a presence for yourself on the web. Of particular interest was his explanation of how he packages his material in order to be the most useful for magazines. 
Baila Lazurus
British Columbia Association of Travel Writers