A New Day

Man, where does the time go?

When I last logged in to blog, it was early August. Summer was in full swing here in Vancouver, and with it, lots of warm and wonderful distractions.

August slammed into September, and then I was off on a much anticipated dive adventure, this time to lovely Wakatobi Resort, in Indonesia, with many of the usual suspects (ie our regular dive buddies). I am still processing the images I captured there, and hope to start sharing them here soon.

Then it was October, and off I went again, on my semi-annual Berlin beer bender ;^) Seriously, Mr G has some business in Germany, and I am lucky enough to be invited to tag along (I suspect mostly to warm his bed ;^) in the Fall and in the Spring, when the board comes to town and spouses are welcome to accompany them. It is a no-brainer for me to go, as Mr G travels a lot for work and earns a nice big stash of frequent flyer points, which allows me to go to Berlin on the cheap, and also helps get us to places like Asia to dive with some regularity.

I really have grown to love Berlin, and I should make more of an effort to write about this fascinating city, but somehow, between the fugue of jetlag and some very late nights out imbibing aforementioned (and fantastic) German beers, I don’t often get around to it. On my last trip there, in Spring of this year, I was very moved by my visit to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and felt compelled to share it. On this recent trip, not so much on the museums nor the writing. My bad.

And speaking of writing, I have a new gig at Scubadiving Magazine – contributing a once a month photo essay for their online magazine and e.news. I am totally thrilled to have been offered this wonderful opportunity, and I look forward to sharing my stuff with a wider audience.

Here is a link to the inaugural piece – all about the gorgeous soft coral gardens of Fiji.

Diving Fiji, the Soft Coral Capital of the World

scubadiving.fiji

About Judy G Diver

Born and raised on the west coast of Canada, I have always felt a strong connection to the sea. But for many years, I stayed on the surface, afraid of what lurked down deep. When I was in my early 30's, with three young children (aka the P's), my husband (aka Mr G) signed us up for a SCUBA certification course, as a surprise. Although I had my fears, my stubbornness prevailed, and somehow I made it through four murky, frigid, cold water dives in Vancouver to successfully pass the course. Soon after we went diving off the west coast of Mexico, in the Sea of Cortez, where my eyes were opened to the beauty and other-worldliness of the life down under. And the rest, as they say, is history. I currently have well over 2000 dives under the belt, and I have been fortunate to travel extensively in Asia, Australia, Fiji, Galapagos, Costa Rica, California, the Caribbean, Mexico and here in British Columbia. After shooting hefty DSLRs for many years, I just switched over to a groovy Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera, in a Nauticam housing, with dual Sea & Sea strobes and a bag full of lenses. In addition to this blog and my personal website (Awoosh.com/Directory), which is linked at the top of the blog, my stuff has been widely published in a variety of magazines and websites, including an ongoing regular monthly feature on Scubadiving.com. All links to this work can be found in this blog.
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