. . . ok, not mine, but my friend Karen Doody’s and I am VERY proud of her! For those of you that may not know, for years (15 to be exact) I owned and operated a scuba and snorkeling company and spent LOTS of time traveling with groups of divers around the world. One of those divers, was Karen Doody, who came into the store to LEARN how to dive, ultimately became an Instructor, married another instructor (my good friend Mike, and no they did not get married underwater), and they moved to the Mexico to “retire.” So prior to their move in (I think 2001) we traveled to many foreign lands, and a couple of continents together, and Karen and I were ALWAYS laughing at something – we could find humor in just about anything . Can you believe that between 2 photographers and numerous countries, neither of us can find a photo of us together? Anyway, I had a ball with these two and they worked closely with my business and led a lot of group trips during that time. Their “retirement” in Playa del Carmen did not last long, because short of having a baby, there isn’t much you can do to get scuba out of your blood, and they are now co-owners of a fabulous business – Dive Aventuras. To say that Karen’s love for u/w photography has grown since she started out with her little u/w point and shoot camera, is an understatement – she is SOOOO talented. When she told me that she had earned an honorable mention in this year’s Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide’s INTERNATIONAL u/w photo and video competition she could hear me cheering all the way from Annapolis! Way to go KWD! Boy this makes me want to pull my fins out of the closet. For those of you underwater photographers out there, leave a little hello for Karen on the blog! And for those of you who want a great place to vacation – whether diving or not – be sure to check out Mike & Karen’s DIVE AVENTURAS on the Riviera Maya. So, without further blabbering, here’s Karen’s beautiful photo of 2 anemone fish. Hmmm – I forgot to ask her where she took that? KD?