The View from Below

Spending time in the water has been a major part of my life. It has shaped my character and given me countless hours of fun, excitement, and life-lasting memories. It shouldn’t be surprising that a love of the water was a requirement for my husband. Luckily, Darren agrees that “Darling it’s better / Down where it’s wetter”. Although we both prefer the ocean to a pool, we usually bring along the waterproof camera and make the most of the warmer, less choppy waters. Our personalities are magnified under the water and life appears a little bit brighter. 

Neither of us mind acting foolish or trying to get that funny, awkward pose. It doesn’t matter who else is around; Darren and I are in our own world when we’re in the water. After practicing in several pools, we mastered the “smile” shot under water.

The view from below is clear; life is good. It is filled with memorable moments; all we have to do is dive in and take take advantage of them.

99 thoughts on “The View from Below

  1. Awesome photos! You make it look easy 🙂 I think I’m still at the pre-mastering-the-underwater-smile-shot phase. Wonderful and inspiring to see you two keep the playfulness and creativity going! Sometimes couples forget to indulge in the simple things that make us smile.


    • We bring out the best in each other! I feel comfortable and relaxed around him and never worried about being embarrassed. I can be a kid again, completely free of judgement. 🙂


  2. Hola and thanks for liking my posting! I’ve been considering the bucket list idea, it’s in the back of my mind but I can see how great it would be put some order into all those wishes and plans..

    A comment on your picture: “we’re just big kids at heart” reminded me of my friend’s Sarah’s line. She was about to get married but life unfortunately is pushing her to do something else… please read about Alex and Sarah at and see if you can help spread the word: he was a guy you would have loved, full of life and daring!

    Many thanks and congrats on fulfilling your dreams… that’s what it’s about! 😀



  3. I think the last time I saw such fun and joy in the water was watching kids play in the pool! How inspiring to know that it’s still fun as adults 🙂


  4. Ah, shucks, now you have me desiring a waterproof camera for our tide-pooling on the Maine coast.

    Just remembered we have one, or did, but it used film. Remember that stuff? Or getting it processed?

    Oh, well. Thanks for the reminder to have fun — on and under the water.


  5. First of all, thank you for visiting my blog at recently and “liking” one of my posts! I am so glad I found your blog via your visit to mine. I love what you are doing here with Bucket List Publications!!! I really like these underwater pics and I enjoy the lightness and fun represented by the whole post!

    P.S. – How cool that you now live in Charlotte! I live in Concord, NC just north of Charlotte on I-85. It sounds like you are getting to know the area well already but if you need any suggestions or help finding anything do not hesitate to let me know!

    Keep up the great work that you are doing! I look forward to reading and seeing more of your awesome ideas in the future!

    Steve Strother


  6. Love the photos! My husband had that same camera and underwater case. We took about 8 billion underwater pictures on our Caribbean honeymoon. Then we (and by “we” I don’t mean me) left the camera (and four memory cards) on the plane when we got home – never to be seen again. So sad. Your photos reminded me of the fun we had. We’re planning a do over in a few years. 🙂


    • Oh those mistakes do happen; I know from first hand experience (and I don’t mean me either). It’s such a difficult loss to take because photos are the best way to create lasting memories, but I’m sure you still have that, and now you have a reason to return 😉


  7. Ah, this is a great post, fun pictures. My girlfriend and I just bought a waterproof camera and we are taking scuba lessons now. This post gets me even more excited to begin our underwater adventures 🙂


  8. I enjoyed these photos – you look like a lovely mermaid underwater! You two look like you have a lot of fun and it shows in your pictures. Thanks for posting, made me smile.


  9. Lesley, I love the fact that you’re knocking off so many bucket list items. It motivates me to just attack life in a more positive way. THANKS for a GREAT BLOG EXPERIENCE! Bob


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