A few images from the Rosati Family Winery located in southern Mendocino County. Though the weather was not ideal for landscape images, it was great to back on the ranch taking photographs to document 2018!
Peregrine Falcon, a resident of the Sonoma County Coast while they love to eat pigeons, on the coast shore birds are the meal of choice. This is a pretty typical spot for a Peregrine to hang out waiting for prey.
4th of July fireworks in wine county.
Ice diving in Alberta Canada – Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park with Adventures in Scuba Dive shop from Calgary and Dolphin Dive shop from Sacramento, California. Under the ice at this location is a dam built in 1912 to provide hydroelectric power to the community of Banff Canada. The top of the dam was 30 feet below the ice and we dove to 70 feet, exploring the dam, block house and other features of a hydroelectric facility. Water temperature was in the low 30’s with visibility a good 30 feet.
Prior to diving a day was spent setting up the site including creating rings and spokes by clearing the snow to create a “road map” that can be seen underwater that shows the way back to the entry point.
Setting up the dive tent in 50mph gusts from chinook winds.
Gear had to be hauled over 1/3 of a mile from the parking lot on to the ice to the dive tent including all dive gear and over 50 scuba tanks.
Truck load of dive tanks.
Cutting through 18+ inches of ice to create a triangle hole large enough for 3 divers to enter and exit the water at a time.
Attaching tether line to divers as the prepare for a dive.
Warming up with hot water between dives in the 33 degree water.
View through an ice block of the spectacular Canadian Rockies.
On the eve of 2017 at Sonoma Coast State Beach, Goat Rock. Harbor Seals enjoying the sun while it lasts.
4 islands and one rock in 3 days of diving. Highlight was diving the challenging waters around Kanaha Rock looking for palegics and an hour later diving with wild dolphins off Lanai. Mala Wharf is as amazing as almost any of the other dive spots with sharks, rays, turtles, frog fish and just about any other Hawaiian sea creature you can imagine!
Arc Eye hawkfish- Molokini
Un-puffed Puffer Fish
Channel Islands, Southern California – A few images from Santa Cruz Island
Our State Marine Fish – Garibaldi
The Spanish Shawl nudibranch
Tube Anemone (Pachycerianthus bfimbriatus)
A few images from Blue Fish Cove and Granite Point at Point Lobos Sate Reserve, California – August 12, 2016
Quietly an event happens once a year where 6 fortunate people who had near death experiences but were brought back from the brink with the help of bystanders, 911 dispatchers, fire departments, ambulance personnel, hospital staff and air ambulance crews. The Sonoma County Survivors Reunion hosted by Benzinger Family Winery is a celebration of a second life given to a few through the emergency medical system and bystanders who made the decision to try and make a difference in saving a life. This is the 9th year I have covered this event and each year is unique and special. The stories are heart warming and tough to hear at the same time, no shortage of hugs…
At the mouth of the Elkhart Slough in Moss Landing, California a sea otter floats on his back cleaning himself. With 250,000 million hairs per square inch, they spend a lot more time grooming especially since their fur is the only thing keeping them warm in the cold Pacific waters.
Sonoma County Sheriff’s Volunteer Dive Team practicing search and recovery at Spring Lake. Not a whole lot to see underwater here, green water, mud and silt. Still a good practice and confidence builder!
Photo by Wendy Flood
Photo by Wendy Flood
Giant Trevally aka Jack, the reef marauders. These fish can be up to 200lbs in size and basically are the bully’s of the reef. As soon as I saw them heading my way I settled down and held still as they literally came up to my face mask to let me know whose hood I was in.
I had the opportunity to travel to Maui with my rebreather for some incredible diving! Thanks to Silent O Solutions for supporting me with tanks, gas and some trouble shooting.
Bodega Bay shore bird hunting at low tide.
I spent a week in Florida’s “Cave County” learning to “fly” a rebreather. I had read many books about the caves and the big names in cave diving over the years, not so much that I was particularly interested in cave diving but was amazed at what was being accomplished in the miles of tunnels that run from sites like Devil’s, Peacock and many others. The images of the water filled veins of mother earth in magazines like National Geographic, Ocean Realm and now on the internet are stunning and amazing. I want to thank the staff at Cave County Dive Shop in High Springs – Jon and Kristin Bernot, Peter McCumber and Dive Rite for making this possible. The service from the shop was exceptional in every way, this in a time where the standard for customer service is pretty mediocre. The rebreather opens up a whole new dimension in underwater photography and makes for a great tool to dive some of the “special” sites off the California Coast.
U/W Photo by Jon Bernot
Two brothers breaking new territory in the wine country. Look for their first release in select local bars and restaurants soon.