Photo: A nurse shark in the Bahamas swims toward the light.  While they are generally harmless, I have seen them get curious about humans before and come in for a sniff.  Perhaps foolish but my first impulse when I see a creature such as this is to grab my camera and jump in the water.
Photo: Blue Angels -- great at flying.
Counting ... not so much.

taken during the amazing airshow in SF this weekend
Photo: Nothing is quite like swimming with a humpback whale. Believe it or not, this is a baby! Despite our language (and culture and species) barrier, her intelligence and playfulness shone through right away. As I snorkled at the surface, she came up every minute or two to take a breath (the adults only breathe every 15 minutes or so). Each time, she got closer and closer until she was almost tackling me. In those precious few moments, I felt I really formed a connection with this beautiful creature. I will never forget the experience.

As an aside, this photo and many other spectacular ones were almost lost altogether when in haste I later jumped in the water and didn't properly close one latch on the camera case. After many hours of drying, stressing, and stitching files together I managed to recover all the photos. So don't be foolish like me ... back up your photos after every outing.

Thanks to +Eric Cheng and +Tony Wu for encouraging me to make this journey to the Vava'u island group.
Photo: I caught this beautiful sunrise a few weeks ago ... a nice antidote for those who are facing very different weather in the next 24 hours on the east coast.
Photo: "You there, pull over!"

[taken during sf fleet week]
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Sergey Brin
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Nothing is quite like swimming with a humpback whale. Believe it or not, this is a baby! Despite our language (and culture and species) barrier, her intelligence and playfulness shone through right away. As I snorkled at the surface, she came up every minute or two to take a breath (the adults only breathe every 15 minutes or so). Each time, she got closer and closer until she was almost tackling me. In those precious few moments, I felt I really formed a connection with this beautiful creature. I will never forget the experience.

As an aside, this photo and many other spectacular ones were almost lost altogether when in haste I later jumped in the water and didn't properly close one latch on the camera case. After many hours of drying, stressing, and stitching files together I managed to recover all the photos. So don't be foolish like me ... back up your photos after every outing.

Thanks to +Eric Cheng and +Tony Wu for encouraging me to make this journey to the Vava'u island group.

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