London Bridge, Torquay

I shot this about a year ago, I got some other nice shots and kind of overlooked this one at the time but having gone back and looked at them again I think it's my favourite.

Photo geek stuff: Canon 7Dmk2, Sigma 10-20mm, Aquatech Waterhousing

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Porthleven's Swimming Champion

I've seen Porthleven mentioned a couple of times on the telly today, which reminded me of this story:

Earlier this year I was getting changed into my wetsuit next to the harbour at Porthleven. I got chatting to a lady who was a local; I'm guessing she was probably in her sixties or seventies. She told me that she used to be a Porthleven swimming champion in her youth. Apparently, her father was a Porthleven fisherman. One day when she was a child he took her out on his boat, and when they were just outside the harbour, he threw her over the side and told her to swim back in to the harbour. That was how she learned to swim!!!

In those days they had swimming galas in the harbour and in the years to come she won plenty of races and accumulated many trophies. She subsequently married and moved abroad for a number of years. On her return she went back to the family home, and searched for her trophies but couldn't find them. She asked her Father where they had gone, his response was "oh, I sold them so I could go and have a drink down the pub". She seemed pretty amused telling the story so I guess she forgave him over time!

Swimming wasn't too much of a problem on this particular day, staying wet was the problem, not much water on that reef.....

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South Devon Snorkelling

This was my second attempt at taking underwater pictures of the seals at this South Devon spot. We did have the pleasure of seeing, and swimming relatively near to the seals. They are naturally inquisitive and will almost always come to check you out whilst keeping what they feel is a safe distance away. Unfortunately, the water had a bit of chop on it that meant underwater visibility wasn't quite what we were hoping for... So no seals photos this time, but a fun afternoon in a beautiful bit of the world, with a few souvenir photos as a bonus... 

Photo geek stuff: Canon 7Dmk2, Canon 17-40mm at 40mm, Aquatech Water Housing

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