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I grew up about as far from the ocean as you can get while still living in the United States. I saw the ocean once during college in Florida, again on a week cruise through the Caribbean. Eventually, through a chain of events, I would move to the other side of the country to Southern California.

Even then it took a few years more before I would randomly stumble across a Nat Geo article on nudibranchs. A quick google search led me to discover some local photographers, which led to more nudibranch photos, and eventually the realization that SoCal has good diving, and that it?s not just tropical destinations that have great marine life!

The rest of the story tells itself. A short online PADI course, an Amazon order for a cheap housing for my compact camera and an impressive number of blurry and out of focus pictures during my open water dives and I was hooked.

In the following couple years I've melted and flooded a camera, upgraded to a D90 and have added a range of other accessories from strobes, macro lenses, wide angle lenses, snoots, diopters and a variety of lights. I've dove from Monterrey to San Diego, glimpsed the Caribbean and explored a small handful of locations throughout Indonesia and the Philippines. Future trips include.... just about everywhere!