Colorful scene of common California kelp forest fishes.

Two years after first diving California’s giant kelp forests, I’m back to experience more of this unique ecosystem. Only this time around, conditions were much different. An out of season mass of cold green water from the north had surrounded the islands. Swells were battering the coasts from the south and the northwest. 70 degree calm blue waters with 80-foot visibility had given way to surge and a soupy green mess that dipped in the mid-50s. I was very thankful for my drysuit. But even though conditions for underwater photography were challenging,  I found the dark, eerie, green haze surprisingly interesting to work with. “Embrace the green”  became my motto for this trip.  Everyone was in good spirits despite the poor conditions – thanks to the tasty food; comfortable accommodations and the experienced, helpful crew and captain of Truth Aquatics. Here are my favorite images from my second Channel Islands dive adventure: