I went diving with my friends Jack and Jane yesterday. When we left the dock, the fog was starting to burn off, but there was still a high overcast. Jack chose to anchor between Lanes Cove and Folly Cove, predicting correctly that we would be sheltered on the northern side of Cape Ann. The water was a smooth as glass.
Perhaps a better simile would be as smooth as a bowl of soup. Whether it was the overcast above, or simply an abundance of plankton below, the visibility was pretty crummy, at only about five feet or so.
I did a pair of dives late afternoon and evening yesterday with my friends Andrew and Jim. The end of summer is a great time to do a dusk/night dive, because the earlier sunsets allow you to do it at … Continue reading →
Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to go diving again off my friend Jack’s boat. The weather was perfect, and the water had warmed up quite nicely after the 46° of my last dives. After heading out the Annisquam River, we … Continue reading →
One of the people I follow on Twitter is Chris Breen, an editor at MacWorld. He lives somewhere close to the Pacific, and often posts pictures of the beach nearby. Inspired by his latest batch, I headed up to Cape Ann … Continue reading →
Yesterday was a great day for diving. I was with my friend Jack, along with Barbara, Alek and Natalia on Jack’s boat anchored off Loblolly Cove in Rockport. The weather was perfect; warm, sunny, and not much of a swell. Continue reading →
Last night I did a combination late afternoon dive and night dive with my friend Andrew. The weather was supposed to be dicey, with rain and possibly thundershowers, but we lucked out; the rain held off until the end of the … Continue reading →
I was fortunate enough to go for a pair of boat dives with my friend Jack Hinz yesterday. The weather was just great – on the way out, we could see Boston in the distance. Because of the wind direction, … Continue reading →
I did the East Coast Divers shore dive to Cathedral Rocks today. It’s been a while since I dove Cathedral—it’s a pretty site, but not my favorite, because it requires shlepping all your gear down about 50 feet of rocks, and generally, … Continue reading →
I went on a seal dive today. With the weather we had, it didn’t start out well–swells were predicted, and as we were waiting to get on the boat, the heavens opened up and it started pour. After a half hour hold, the captain decided to take us to the Salvages, an outcropping of rocks off the coast of Rockport, rather than the Isle of Shoals off Portsmouth.
We got to the Salvages, and fortunately, the seas weren’t as choppy as predicted, though it did still rain off and on. As we anchored, we could see seals peeking at us from the water surrounding the rocks.
For me, the first dive was frankly an abortion. I started off the dive with the back of my wetsuit open; all six of us were in the water together; I ended up following the wrong person, the three of us got separated from the dive leader, I led the other two in the wrong direction, and we were never able to reconnect, and all six of us ended up heading in the wrong direction, away from the seals. And the camera strobe stopped firing. Unfortunately, two of the divers had only brought a single tank.
The second dive was better. The captain moved us a little closer to the rocks, and we went down the anchor line and just hung out there. With the strobe out of commission, I put the camera ISO as high as I could, put it back in program mode, and shot with existing light. Eventually a seal showed up, and watched us from a lobster trap line:
I did the East Coast Divers shore dive to Folly Cove a week ago Sunday. I took most of June and July off from diving, but Folly is one of my favorite sites, especially the left wall. At one point, … Continue reading →