Yesterday . . . Browning Wall off NE Vancouver Island . . . . . a few minutes in my life.
A few minutes that fuels me in a way that I can never fully express. It’s why I have to take pictures.
And by sharing, I hope the NE Pacific Ocean opens up to more people; that there is more awareness of our marine neighbours and our connection to them.
They’re living their lives just below the surface, most often hidden in the dark planktonic soup that sustains them. We humans are most often on the other side; living our lives too often in the dark about our connection to them and how we are also dependent on Mother Ocean as the life sustaining force on the planet.
It’s a world of colour, mystery, marvel and surprise.
Okay, that’s enough words. Here are the photos of a few minutes in my life where I was graced by the presence of marine royalty.
We were ascending slowly to our safety stop (scuba divers spend at least 3 minutes at 5m/15′ to offload nitrogen). On the way, at around 10m depth I stopped, striving to “capture” the beauty of the fish with the surface of the Ocean visible above them.
I was smiling at the China Rockfish and Puget Sound Rockfish using the sponge as a couch. Here’s a close-up.
I looked to the right and saw that I was being watched. There, fully out in the open was a Giant Pacific Octopus.
I stared in awe for a little bit and then had to proceed to my safety stop. I was accompanied by the octopus.
Together, we advanced to 5m. S/he tolerating the flashing of my camera and me trying to find some balance between documenting this experience and living it.
When we reached safety stop depth, off the giant jetted into the depths. With the octopus having descended deeper into the Ocean in which its kind have lived for some 500 million years, this human needed to return to the environment of air where our ancestors strived to start walking upright only about 6 million years ago (with Homo sapiens only dating back ~200,000 years ago).
I was left at 5m depth with 3 minutes to think about the marvel of what had just happened and how I might make the experience count in some way.
This was the view.