"The Best Way to Observe a Fish is to Become a Fish.”
Let’s go Diving
The two best words in the world!
When I started diving almost twenty years ago, I couldn’t wait for my next dive trip. A true adventure with like-minded thrill-seekers to experience a new dive destination and explore down deep.
Eventually, I decided I wanted to do that with an underwater camera in hand.
This is a page for people who love scuba diving, dive travel, picking up more skills, and sharing tips on underwater photography and the incredible macro marine life there is to find. And all the cool gear that goes along with it!
What to Expect Here
Started simply as a way to organize and increase sales of my annual Cozumel wall calendar, the site now features a (hopefully) growing number of items designed from my original underwater pictures.
Currently, the shop is featuring the “Cozumel Collection,” as I live and dive on Cozumel year-round. But as things continue, I plan to add items that will feature imagery from Palau, the GBR, Cuba, and…my next DiveTrip.
A large part of the goal is to use a portion of all profits (after costs) to raise some funds to donate back to eco-efforts in Cozumel that are working hard to keep the island cleaner and help the reefs survive. Please stay tuned for more on that, if/as we can gain some traction.
The Blog page will mainly feature posts on underwater photography and a love of finding and photographing macro marine life. There will also be diving tips and hacks, photo and dive gear reviews, travel and dive-trip topics, and a few list posts.
Please join the mailing list, and jump in and liven up the blog with your comments. I’d love to get a community going, to learn together as we trade tips and info on finding those cool tiny critters and the ongoing quest to get great photos.
Let’s face it – most of us just love diving and taking pictures, but few will be the next National Geographic featured photog! (despite what my Mom says…hehe) So let’s have fun with it. Egos checked at the door.
Here, it’s all about “minimal macro” – my new term for using the simplest gear and still getting nice results you are proud to share and display.
A Little Background
My name is Rachel, and in my late 40s I decided to really do it…
I took a step back from the successful career, sold the cool apartment, and said ‘so long’ to NYC for a while.
The intention was to set off on my own, travel around to some new exotic places, and scuba dive at some of the more endangered coral reef spots on my “bucket list.” I’d reenergize myself, report my findings, and likely get right back on the wheel.
I figured I’d spend about one year…
Well, that turned out to be a rather…extended Dive Trip.
Five+ years, a PADI Divemaster certification internship on some busy dive boats in Cozumel, and well over a thousand dives later, I’m still at it – diving as much as I can get away with and working hard at improving my underwater pictures along the way.
I’m hoping any sales from the original products I’ve designed for the Shop page, and some affiliate revenue (when earnest and appropriate) from site features, can help us give back to these reefs we love so much, in the form of local donations. And also keep me in tanks and neoprene for a while longer.
Interested in next year's 2021 Cozumel Wall Calendar?
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