Tag: Ginnie Springs Outdoors

Creativity Unleashed

Creativity Unleashed

SimoneLipscomb (72)Just a few weeks ago there was a good bit of anxiety about stepping my photography up to another level with a large investment in a housing that would allow me to take my Nikon D800 underwater. The first baptism in Hunter Spring erased any doubt. Today, after having the dome port kissed by a juvenile manatee and capturing some of the best images I’ve taken–at Ginnie Springs–I realize this step is opening an entirely new dimension to my work.

SimoneLipscomb (29)As I was playing in Ginnie Springs with color, light and geometries it was clear I had settled into a higher level of creativity. I say playing because I believe letting go, losing myself in creativity is really play. It’s work to me but in name only. When we can allow ourselves to let go of everything else and focus on the elements that are present, something amazing can be birthed.

SimoneLipscomb (37)What I noticed was the intense beauty of the water, plant life, rocks, caverns…it seemed to embrace me on a deeper level as I surrendered to the process of translating what I saw through the camera. Now I have the right equipment that allows this process to occur.

SimoneLipscomb (48)Even though manatees were scarce this week there was little to feel sad about as my heart and mind opened to the magnificent beauty of Florida’s freshwater springs and allowed my creativity to expand.

SimoneLipscomb (38)Surrender is a word that carries over from last weekend’s workshop in Atlanta. When we surrender ourselves to the process, something greater can be created. Had I gotten upset about a lack of manatees, I would have missed exquisite beauty surrounding me. Had I allowed fear keep me from leaping forward with the new gear purchase, this new step forward in my life wouldn’t have happened. Surrender….allowing. Letting go…opening our hearts and minds….this is a key to success.

SimoneLipscomb (4)It’s time to embrace life with both arms and an open heart. This will unleash creativity. This will help us take the next step forward.


If you are looking for a great housing I highly recommend Aquatica. The quality is great and the controls are super-easy. It’s balanced well and a true friend to my D800 and me.


Earth Celebration

Earth Celebration

SimoneLipscomb (17)Today is the day we set aside to celebrate our beautiful planet…Earth….Gaia….Mother Earth…Pachamama…The Blue Planet. I’m sitting here in my little motel room in High Springs, Florida, with the door wide open as twilight arrives. I am reflecting on the day with a smiling heart. I feel all tingly and it’s not from excess Nitrogen after cave diving. I feel alive and connected to this living being that is my Mother.

I started the day at Cave Country Dive Shop getting my tanks topped off. James was so speedy that there was extra time to play at the springs taking photographs before I met my side mount instructor and fellow Earth-lover.

SimoneLipscomb (31)To say it was a glorious morning is not doing justice to the absolute beauty of the early morning time along the Sante Fe River with the last lingering mist evaporating as brilliant sun illuminated tender, spring, verdant leaves. Clear turquoise water glistened like an aquamarine gemstone. There was no other humans so my morning meditation was spent in sweet connection with Her. Whispered phrases of gratitude wafted from my lips into the water…the misty air…the rocks…the sun.

photoAnd then it was time to meet up with Jill at the entrance to Ginnie Springs.  We did two wonderful cave dives into the Ginnie cave through the eye. At the end of the first dive we peeked into the river-flooded Ear entrance and saw the dark tea-colored water swirling above the crack in the Earth. A mighty sight! We then exited through our entry point, the Eye.

Both dives were as sweet as any I have done at Ginnie Springs. Jill models such a respectful and calm attitude of love for the cave. Witnessing her connection was powerful and it changed me in ways I don’t realize yet.

We shared a nice lunch and chatted about wildlife and turtles. Mostly turtles. Appropriate since Earth is also known as Turtle Island, a turtle floating in space…and we were celebrating Earth Day.

SimoneLipscomb (12)After returning to my cozy little room and hanging my gear to dry I walked across the street to the dive shop to settle my tab. On the way back I noticed a little shop I’ve seen for the ten years I’ve been coming to High Springs. High Springs Emporium is a rock and crystal shop…and so much more. I wandered in and spent an hour visiting with the owner. I felt the connection between Gaia and me strengthen and grow fuller as I stood among Her crystals, rocks, bowls of crystal that vibrated my bones…and my soul. It was the perfect ending to a joy-filled day…the proverbial icing on the cake.

SimoneLipscomb (5)For the past seven years I have dedicated my life to helping our water planet and haven’t known if I was making a difference or simply deluding myself. Today, as I waded into the clear spring water with my camera, ripples erupted from my feet and slowly spread across the large spring. A smile erupted as I realized that ripples from what each one of us does makes a difference….positive or negative. To give up, to stop trying is not an option. When your heart calls you…when you love deeply and profoundly you never, ever give up.

photo 2And so begins the next step of my journey with this water planet, my Mother. May my life be a love song to Her and may I sing it until I draw my last breath…hopefully many years from now. Tears flow as my heart opens to beautiful Pachamama, my Water Mama. My Path begins to open in ways I have never dreamed possible…I feel it.

SimoneLipscomb (33)With deep gratitude for this Earth Day spent with Jill and the turtles and fish…and the baby flounder who did a back flip for me…and the cave….the magnificent cave that welcomed me as Her own and cradled me within Her dark walls as I navigated my rebirth.

May each of us realize the potential to make positive change by our actions and dedicate ourselves to it.

Simone cave diving in Mexico. Photo by Ed Jackson
Simone cave diving in Mexico. Photo by Ed Jackson

I love you Mother Earth…I know your heartbeat…your amniotic fluids…your powerful embrace. I am yours.