Ode to a Forbidden Lake

  In 2013 a young man, tragically, drowned in North Twin Lake. Naturally, there were very strong reactions. I heard and read a lot of sensible talk about respecting the water, and making swim lessons available for children. ┬áReally important things in an area with many lakes, and many drownings each year. But, after this drowning in that particular lake, there was an immediate and concerted...
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Once more unto the beach

Calm morning. A few fisherman returning to harbor. The water is an inviting 60f, the air a bit warmer. The smooth water, (perhaps a full foot lower than the last time I was in) and calm, open sky invoke a sense of peace, space and freedom. I walk out on a newly formed sandbar and look at the tracks of various early morning denizens. Geese, ducks, raccoons, skunks, possums, Great Blue Heron,...
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Between Labor Day Weekend

I first noticed it Friday at the boat launch. People were edgy. “Not many more days like this..” I heard, ominously; the voice running a little high and tight. This is it: Labor Day Weekend. Its Sunday Morning and my approach is both strategic and tactical. I am up early. My plan: dive the pipeline and adjacent open areas. Test out my new mask and snorkel; maybe get some pictures. The...
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The Drums of August

They’re around other times, but August is when I encounter them most. They wander the plains of the great lakes in herds, like buffalo, grazing along the bottom. They’ve got special gear for grinding up hard stuff; Zebra Mussels, Crayfish and the like. Freshwater Drum are beautiful fish – with refined features and wonderful fins. Their eyes sometimes look almost like they have...
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Gar Love

Waves move through me as I float a few hundred yards out in West Bay; breathing toward the next dive. Shadows shift between the rays of light; seeming to expand and slow. A bright object appears in my peripheral vision; a leaf maybe, or a small stick. But it is moving, deliberately… In that moment when you first sense the presence of another, alien, awareness – and that you are...
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First Dive Under Ice

Saturday I went down to the local Scuba Shop to buy some of the 1lb weights they had a pile of. I’m pretty darned happy about these weights – they do not flare out during monofin acceleration like my two pound weights and they have about half the profile. I got into a conversation with Jack – the former owner of the shop, who still works there. He invited me to join a bunch of...
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Meditation

I am floating, lightly gripping a thick line that descends into the blue void below me. Nearby are others. They are there to keep me safe. I breathe facing downward into the water – through a snorkel. I begin to focus, feeling the vertebrae in my spine expand and contract with each breath. Gradually, as they become objects to awareness, I release tensions in my body. At first these are...
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September

Here's what I like
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