The bags are all packed. The websites are updated. The house is locked. We're off. Mikaela and I are heading to Indonesia for a month of absolute tropical adventure. This will be my second trip to Indonesia and Mikaela's first. We're going to a remote area called Raja Ampat in the northwest part of the country. Raja Ampat is known for its pristine marine environments. Some of the most robust coral habitats are just below the surface. We plan on snorkeling 18 hours a day. I can't wait to share pictures.
It's amazing how quickly the seasons change around here. One day you're swimming at Secret Cove and the next you're freezing in front of the fire place. We've had a couple storms sprinkle snow on the mountaintops, but nothing major yet. I think everyone is ready for the big one. I'm itching to do some last minute photo work in the lake before I have to bust out the thick, thick neoprene.
Well, it's been a wonderful summer. I've been paddling almost every day. I've written a lot and taken a lot of photos. I launched tahoeclarity.com. I ate watermelon. I fished. I swam. I surfed. I dove. But all good things must end. My hope is the good things of the last few months will transition to more good things throughout this semester. And homework. SMH.
Wow. That took a while. I finally got tahoeclarity.com published and running. Visitors to the site can check out two years of Lake Tahoe water photography and order prints. I built the website using Squarespace, which is a pretty good platform (also used on this site). I wish they'd build in some protection for photographers, who don't want their images stolen, though. Nonetheless, I'm happy to have a new project and a place to put my work from the lake.
I had no idea Tahoe Quarterly was even considering this shot for the cover until I got the email telling me they'd picked it. I took this photo last summer when the lupine bloom near the Upper Truckee River was exploding. You could see the purple from way out in the lake. I spent an evening just wandering through the flowers, snapping pictures with different lenses and settings. I got a few really great ones, but this was one of the standouts for sure. Thank you Tahoe Quarterly!!
For the last two weeks, I've been sleeping on the top bunk above a guy named Meatball at a surf camp in Punta Miramar, Nicaragua. The town is a burgeoning surf haven with a couple of excellent waves nearby. A friend invited me to shoot photos for Surf Tours Nicaragua, which has an amazing facility right in front of one of the best breaks. If you're searching for barrels, give this places a try. Warm water. Excellent food. Wonderful company.
I'm working on a new website to house my underwater photos of Lake Tahoe. I made a short video introducing and explaining the idea.
Spring is Lake Tahoe's algae season. The attached algae is at its highest this time of year. I went out with some researchers from the Tahoe Environmental Research Center to check out how they monitor the growth. We motored the TERC boat to 10 different sites to check out what's happening beneath the surface. The researchers use a drysuit to do their monitoring. All I had was a wetsuit. I can relate to Katie's last quote in the video.