No shadow of a doubt, blue skies and sunshine makes me happy. Even better when seen through crystal clear blue seas. The sunbeams captured by the camera twinkle and dance, causing a glitter of silver flashes to bounce off the small fish above and around us.
Underwater sunbeams are a real sight to behold. It is hard to capture a halo of sunbeams on land, but in water they are so much more striking. In the same way that I have beach sunset photos by the hundred from travels around the world, I also have endless combinations of underwater sun shots – a halo of sunbeams, silhouetting a diver, silhouetting a turtle, with a shoal of iridescent fish flashing past. I love sunbeam shots!
For me, scuba diving banishes the blues in the twinkling of an eye, even faster if the sun happens to also be smiling whilst I dive.
“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows”.
(St Francis of Assisi).
The second I’m under the waterline my heart swells with love and awe at the beauty and wonder of the seas. I feel at peace and entranced, but utterly revitalised. I wonder if that feeling fades with time? I can’t imagine that it ever will.
“What a great thing, to be loved! What a greater thing still to love! The heart becomes heroic through passion…if no one loved, the sun would go out.”
(Victor Hugo, Les Misérables).