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Santa Barbara, Ca

I'm a full-time rambler and contract designer with as many skill sets in my quiver as there are plane tickets in my passbook. I've worked in ornamental iron, jigsaw puzzle design, bookmaking, glass engraving, and a variety of other mediums. I'm currently living out of a backpack as I trek my way around the world.

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Galápagos Sea Series (Photo Series at Matador Network)

Zak Erving

I like to pretend that sea lions make race car noises when zipping around underwater…and that they understand what the Doppler Effect is

I like to pretend that sea lions make race car noises when zipping around underwater…and that they understand what the Doppler Effect is

The sound of water was constant and therapeutic, like a nightstand’s white noise generator. But for the school of fish gathered underneath the bilge pump of the ship, the drip-drip-drip was a dinner bell: The kitchen window was directly above it, and the chef had been tossing out scraps all day in preparation for dinner that night.

A male Sally Lightfoot crab. I don't know about you, but I would object to my name being "Sally" and still having maleparts

A male Sally Lightfoot crab. I don't know about you, but I would object to my name being "Sally" and still having maleparts

It was day one of five of my tour of the Galápagos Islands, and I had just boarded the ship. Ever gregarious, I went in search of new friends. A kind-looking older gentleman was taking in the moment above the port-side railing. He looked the sort who would appreciate a joke. I sauntered up alongside the rail with what, in my mind, was a fantastic suggestion: “I want to do a cannonball right into the middle of those fish. Wouldn’t that be hilarious?”

Without missing a beat, he responded in a grandfatherly tone: “Yes, it would. Those are pufferfish.”

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