No long, detailed description of an iconic landscape photography location today…I just wanted to share with you a short but sweet encounter I had recently.
Last weekend, my wife Anita and I drove down to Pompano Beach for a day of scuba diving. Oddly enough, although we live in Florida, we rarely dive here…most of our dives are in the Caribbean which is close and cheap.
However, we might rethink that strategy because of a wonderful experience: We ran across a young Green Sea Turtle got to swim with him for an hour or two. Okay, okay…it was really less than two minutes, but it seemed longer!)
So, my Dive Buddy (Anita) and I were diving on a shallow reef called the ‘Nursery’ off of Pompano Beach. It is a shallow reef and frankly, the visibility was only so-so. I’m starting to think, “Yup, this is why we don’t dive in Florida” and I happened to glance to my right and noticed this little guy (gal?) calmly swimming right along beside me…
Anita spotted him at the same moment and swam over to take a peek…
But it didn’t take long for our new little friend to get bored with our effort at Synchronized Swimming. He veered away from Anita and headed right at me…
For a moment I thought he was going to hit my camera housing before he gracefully swooshed below me and out to the deep blue.
Anita and I hovered there for a moment or two and did our best to smile underwater with regulators jammed in our mouths (trust me, it’s difficult to do!)
Now, this was nothing more than a common, simple, chance encounter. But I’m reminded of the old saying: “Life Is Not Measured By the Number of Breaths We Take, But By the Moments That Take Our Breath Away ”