We Love the Giant Kelp
We planned our second kelp session. This time trying to get a shot in the deeper, thicker part of the forest. The cutest baby harbor seal joined my descent. His color was grey and black. The seal was so interested in the white rash guard and shorts I donned.
As I dive down, the seal played hard to get by descending deeper. Into the magical wonderland, we would go. I would hover under the water, and he would come up and look deep into my eyes. Then flip himself around as if to say, “come on let’s play”! Of course, I don’t have the lungs of a seal. If only I could stay longer in this lovely underwater neighborhood. With this cast of characters, I could have remained for hours!
La Jolla has some of the gorgeous forests in the world. The giant trees grow from the bottom and top out at the surface. San Diego boasts fabulous beaches. Divers access the Cove area by just walking in off the beach.
Beautiful and comfortable this year, the warm San Diego water has been super clear. These underwater giants make for a perfect backdrop for an ethereal, almost a spiritual episode.
There is nothing more magnificent. Diving in blue water surrounded by thick yellow leaves. The trees against the water create dimension in your photos. When you add a freediver into a kelp, there is no better photo than that.
All photos by underwater photographer Terry Strait.
Gear provided by Mares. D6i computers provided by Suunto.