Stories

Free-Immersion Freefall: A Poem

Deep in the ocean blue I'm alone with my thoughts, Sinking into an abyss, Falling towards the edge of something... A desolate path, But I travel it anyway...

Freedive Freefall in Blue Hole

Free-falling in Dahab’s Blue Hole, drifting effortlessly into the deep, I stare straight ahead, mesmerizingly at the line slipping past, alone with myself and my thoughts, focusing on relaxing, equalizing, and ...
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Held Captive by Wind

There is a silence to the wind as a motionless dhow with a dusty sail is consumed in the misty blue of the Indian Ocean. Dark clouds roll over and this spec upon the swaying sea, held captive by a windless ...
Free-Diving Walden Pond

Free-Diving at Walden Pond

Nothing is more fantastic than free-diving in the waters of my own beautiful homeland. Floating face down on the surface of Walden Pond, in the world I forcibly left behind, instructor, Nick Fazah, from Eas...
Ragged Tooth Shark

Shark Nostalgia – A Poem

  Face to face, in depths quite deep, we stare squarely into the other's eyes, It is there where we see everything, where we achieve reality, and share in it's kind existence. From a world full of c...

A Free-Diver in the Making

Eleven year old, Autumn Blundon, braves the 15° C  (60° F) water temperature in Winthrop, Maine to free-dive alongside her sister, Renee Blundon (photographer), in Maranacook Lake. Renee was free-diving in ...
Pemba Free-Diving

Caught in a Metamorphosis

The sea falls down around me, then lifts me to the top of a coral wall. I gaze at the underwater landscape, a scene where novelty never declines, and am caught in a metamorphosis. The world passes away, whi...
Pemba Island Airport

Arriving on Pemba

Landing on Pemba Island feels as though we’ve been catapulted backward in time. Apart from the occasional new model vehicle, it could easily be the 1960's. Retro architecture juxtaposes the Arabic mosques a...

Limitless Pool of Life

As the sun rays shine through, blue chromis viridis fish shimmer in the shifting shadows. I look at them, glinting and teaming with life, before remembering where I am. I inquire. The goal; to get at what's...
Scuba Diving

An Underwater Wall

An underwater wall, of endless coral cities, silty textures and pastels, cradled by warm currents and vibrant fish galore. The scene of the fathom deep, beckons me, a butterfly fish shoal appears, glitterin...
Batfish

Batfish Shoal

Dark shapes emerge from the underwater shadows and glide like underwater kites, curiously toward me. Each batfish slips rhythmically sideways, this way and that, fluttering ever so gracefully. Camera in han...
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Free-Diving Descent

Nearby is no one, while I descend, into the blue void below me. The mossy mooring, my only visual reference into the darkening, silty depth. I coast deeper into the shifting play of light, thoughts fade awa...
Mantis Shrimp

Mantis Shrimp

I arrive at the emerald warrior of the sea, launched from its fortress of sand and stone with threatening fists of lightning, hovering humbly in readiness for a punch. Decorated with segmented, roving eyes,...
Hermit Crab

Hermit Crab

It takes a swift break from his scurry as I approach, the fancy face and frisked up forearms, brave and motionless for the camera. In the shallows of a glinting grey ocean, the gleaming creature under it's ...
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The Toby and I

I'm captured and held in place... a small, yet dazzling black saddle toby juxtaposed against a backdrop of unpolished coral. The ocean's offering at the tail end of an adventurous drift dive off the coast o...

A Small Justice

"What kind of wrasse is it?" We descend back down into the shallow Zanzibar reef for another look, locating the fish easily due the rare appearance of a dazzling, vibrant eye-spot on it's dorsal fin. The br...
Moorish Idol

Submerged with a Moorish Idol

Submerged under a reef of coral with a tantalizing Moorish Idol. Now we get it, we really get why the Moors were glad to call this fish their own. The water flashes with a compressed body of black, white an...

With or Without the Cage?

Photos by John Miller With or without the cage? Tis the question, as a dozen or so shark fins swirl around the boat, slicing through the gleaming glassy ocean under a sky of vibrant sunrise. Earlier on land,...

My First 18 Meter Free-Dive

I stare up into the vast blue sky littered with puffy clouds and repeat one word over and over to myself. Relax, relax, Renee, relax. Moments earlier, with guidance from friends, Kjartan and Rob, I succeeded at...

Giant Jellies

I'm frozen, captivated by the giant, fluctuating mercurial creature before me, which appears to be dissolving into itself. The receding layered tenticals and a silken membrain coasts, radiantly along the surfac...

Infinitely Bound Poem & Photos

Infinitely Bound Beneath the surface, I’m encircled In sparkling specks of wonder. Filtered light, made gentle by the depths, Form sunset colors down under. I plunge from a world of land and sky, To one w...
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A Land Where Sea Fans Lie

As daylight breaks over sleepy Bagamoyo’s coast, tired eyes open to greet a rare and glorious day. A break from weeks baring burdened clouds of mournful grey, we forge through crisp, foam waves, until the shore...
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Scuba Dive at Octopus Wall

We descend from the rolling waves, deeper and deeper, until greeted by the ocean floor 30 meters below. Immediately, a large and curious remora approaches. He swims silent circles around us and seems to want so...

Lionfish Make Love to the Camera

Lionfish are unquestionably one of the most photogenic fish in the sea, with an eccentric, gaudy profile, elaborate, vibrant stripes and a cantankerous, unhurried demeanor; they glide along reefs like an underw...

Underwater Photo Gallery

Being an avid ocean swimmer, diver as well as the creative type, I've arranged a collection of underwater photos to share my latest and most intimate underwater experiences. The photos were taken in Tanzania fr...