Scuba diving is an integral part of our family life. Dh and ds specifically love diving on shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. Occasionally we take a warm water trip to dive on the reefs. (full disclaimer: I was a certified diver for only a short while....preferring the surface, I can snorkel with the best of them.)
Another occasional family trip is a weekend in Chicago for Our World Underwater, a trade show and underwater film festival. We did attend this past February for the 40th anniversary of this event. Wes Skiles hosted part of the film festival in his folksy inimitable way. This was a man who enjoyed life and wanted to share the beauty and bounty of what he had discovered with everyone he met. His cinematography of the underwater environment is breath taking. As a cave diver, he created adventurous videos to share a part of the world that only few will ever see.
Just Wednesday night, dh showed me the photo of Wes cave diving that is on the August 2010 issue of National Geographic. Little did dh know that on Wednesday, Wes made his last dive off the coast of West Palm Beach:
There's not a lot of light in the underwater world.....you lose most color in natural light at around 18 ft. of depth. And now the underwater world is just a little less colorful, with a little less light with the loss of Wes.
With deepest sympathy for those he left behind. National Geographic Story