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Making Friends

November 5th, 2012

Some of the most extraordinary experiences I’ve had while snorkeling or diving have been with sea turtles.

They each seem to have very distinct personalities and generally extremely curious and playful. This seems to be true wherever I have encountered them (though off the coast of the UAE and Oman, the smaller turtles are generally skittish and won’t let you get too close, while in the Seychelles, they would often either ignore me completely or swim up to meet me).

I spotted this fabulous little guy swimming along the corals about 8 meters below the surface, off the coast of Grande Soeur (Big Sister) island in the Seychelles.

I swam down to meet it and together we circled back up to the surface, almost in a dance. I spent some 40 minutes or so swimming with this turtle, it seemingly as curious about me as I was about it.

More coming soon!

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Playing with Knives

July 28th, 2009

This past weekend, I decided to fool around with some random stuff at home and see what comes out…

I took this beautiful knife I bought from a gem of a store called We Be Knives that I unexpectedly came across in Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. I mean, who’d have thought it? A great, quality knife shop on Pier 39 – Tourist Central?

The knife’s a joy to behold and handle – it’s a beautiful, handcrafted Sakura KB-202 field knife made by Kanetsune in Seki City, Japan. The handle (and sheath) are wrapped in cherry tree skin, hence the name – Sakura, which I understand means Cherry Tree. The damascus blade is made of 15 layers of blue steel. Stunning stuff.

I used the knife to cut up a large carboard box to make a makeshift lightbox, lit it through a large napkin, brought along a mirror for the party and introduced the victims, an orange and a pepper, to the knife. Here are some of the results:

CachunkReady, set, slice!SlicedChop-Chopped

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