Flashback Friday is a great excuse for digging out dodgy photos or blurry pictures because it’s the memories evoked that often mean more than a crisp shot. That having been said, I so wish these photos were clearer, but they are special because they’re from my first dive with a camera!
Usually, Rob takes the camera while we go diving, but when he upgrades his kit, there’s often a spare set that just sits around in a drawer until eventually it gets sold or passed on. So, this dive I decided to grab his cast-offs and take the camera in an underwater housing with me on my dive at the Farne Islands.
Diving with a camera is a bit more tricky because you’ve got to hold it steady while you press the shutter, so if there’s a strong current it’s harder to take good shots. I think you can see from this photo that the current was a bit wild.
I love diving at the Farnes. Actually, I love diving off the coast in Northumberland; it’s so pretty. When you look at the sea from the outside, along the beach or from the cliffs, you think it’s going to be murky and dark, but when you get in… oh! There are so many pinks, and oranges, different greens and greys – so many colours. It’s beautiful!
Before we had the boys, Rob and I used to jump in the car and drive up to Seahouses or Beadnell for an evening dive quite regularly through the summer. When we could get a group of people together, we’d take the boat out to the Farnes.
There were also cormorants diving down, catching fish, which is just incredible to see while you’re underwater. One of the best experiences! I have to say, I’m much better with a camera while underwater now, but then I was not so confident or quick, so I don’t have photos of the sleek cormorants. Of course, I have my memories!
I’m going diving (all being well) at the Farne Islands next weekend, and I just can’t wait! Hopefully, there’ll be a cast-off camera for me to take so that I can show you some better photos. My dad will be with us, as he’s also a keen diver. I actually had my first dive experience with my dad, in a pool in Stoke! We obviously both got hooked because here we are, a decade later, still diving. I’ve got over a hundred dives under my belt, though my Dad is now a dive master and will dive in a murky puddle because he loves it so much. Rob has done so many dives that in Egypt he was telling the dive guides about the site because he’s done so many.
At the end of this dive, a little seal stayed with us while we ate our packed lunch on the boat. We drove off, and he followed, and we were a bit concerned that he’d lose his mother so we moved in a circle to get him back to where we thought he ‘lived’! Now I think “that’s a bit silly” but isn’t that what flashback Friday is all about? A bit of reflection and some good memories!