“DIVE LOG Australasia is striving to constantly produce great reading. August 2020 is a bumper issue. Our plan here is to give something back to the diving industry.”
~ Mike Scotland, Publisher & Editor
In the August 2020 issue of DIVE LOG Australasia, Kathryn and I are both doing our best to give back to the dive industry, and are also helping to make British Columbia’s spectacular ocean realm better known to our brothers and sisters living in the land down under.
“Raptures of the Deep: Beneath British Columbia’s Emerald Sea”, our latest Third Age Expeditions column for Luxe Beat Magazine, has just been published.
Splendor In The Pass
Queen Charlotte Strait lies between the “top end” of Vancouver Island and British Columbia’s mainland. It is an immense waterway with narrow, constricted passages, fjord-like inlets, large islands and a tangled maze of scrawnier weather-beaten islets. Seasonal upwellings combined with extreme tidal water movement produces an enriched planktonic soup that supports a lush profusion of exotic marine life and more than 400 species of marine fish. These waters also support a healthy population of marine mammals and are deemed to be one of the best places on earth to observe seals, sea lions, dolphins, porpoise, Minke whales, grey whales, humpback whales and a resident pod of more than 100 killer whales.
Link to story here
Adams River Salmon Expedition
It’s been a successful few days for us here at Adams River. I feel, Kathryn deserves a shout-out of sorts for all her efforts over the past couple of days. From hauling snorkeling and camera gear down a steep forest canyon to the river, jumping in for several hours to photograph salmon, then hauling everything back uphill… only this time it feels so much heavier than when you arrived because everything is now wet. The next day carefully sliding down a vertical river bank in her drysuit, and then fording across the shallowest point in the stream to reach a gravel island, but given her shorter stature she was already thigh deep in a stiff forceful current where it took everything she had not to get knocked over (Hell, it was no cake walk for me either). Then she goes splashing around in cold river water pursuing sockeye salmon.
Indeed, the water feels colder with each passing hour. Then at the end of the day, reversing course only to feel like the stream has picked up speed since the morning crossing… and then one must carefully climb back up that vertical river bank which provides very little firm footing. Of course, there is also the long walk back to the parking lot…. carrying everything you brought with you to the river. Never a complaint, never a “I can’t do this,” never not carrying her own weight. She absolutely loved every minute of it which says a lot for someone who describes herself as being a girly girl. The force is strong with this one.
That feeling one gets when you learn yesterday that an article you wrote back in 2015 (“Queen Charlotte Strait” which was published in Norway) also got you the magazine’s cover shot. It never gets old to see your photography in print. ?