X-Ray Mag #39

Wolfgang Pölzer
94 spreads (double pages)
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Edited by Gunild Symes, with Ram Murphy   Kendahl Jan Jubb

American watercolorist, Kendahl Jan Jubb, creates brilliant, colorful works of underwater life. Originally from southern California, she was raised in the Mid-West and studied at an early age with noted St. Louis impressionist, Victor Harles. After a move to Montana in 1978 to study forestry, she changed her focus to art in her first year at the University of Montana.

X-RAY MAG interviewed the artist to find out the inspiration behind her passion.

Appearing like nebulous emeralds adrift over an expanse of a deep blue ocean, Palau is richly endowed with some of the world’s most stunning and unique terrain above and below the sea. Geologically, the islands are pinnacles of an undersea ridge of volcanic mountains, part of the “Pacific Ring of Fire” known for its violent subterranean activity. Its vast lagoon is sheltered by a 105-km-long barrier reef, which extends down the west from Kossol to Peleliu sheltering over 200 mushroom shaped islets—these Rock Islands are significant of Palau’s natural wonder.

Todd Essick   Todd Essick

Palau—prior to a few years ago—was just a name that meant a distant dive destination on my list of places to go. I had seen the periodical article written with its crystal blue water emerald green rock islands and sea life and coral combinations like no other place diving. A dive site called Blue Corner, sounded like fantasy land, almost as if it were thought up by Walt Disney himself, if he were a diver. In the back of my mind I knew that I would get there one day. I just never thought it would make the impression it did and change my life.

Barb Roy   Barb Roy

I first learned about this unusual lake, nestled in Marble Canyon Provincial Park of British Columbia (BC), Canada, when some friends living in Kamloops asked me to join them for a dive at a local, clear freshwater lake. Since it was only a few hours from Vancouver, I decided to take them up on their offer and headed for the interior parts of BC.

Mark Powell   Mark Powell

Learning to dive involves learning a new set of skills. Mask clearing, buoyancy control, regulator recovery and all the other skills that you learn on an open water course are essential for dealing with the underwater world. As a diver progresses through diving they learn additional skills such as using a drysuit, wreck diving or how to rescue their buddy. With technical diving there are again some new skills that need to be learnt. In addition with technical diving there is a greater focus on ensuring that skills are not just learnt but also practiced and mastered.

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