Sometimes we just need to shake things up and this is one of those times.

My mojo is running uncharacteristically low.  It happens every once in a while when life gets complicated and my energy goes into sorting it all out.  It leaves me feeling like my emotions and creativity are wound up in a yoyo and being flung around by my 8-year-old self after inhaling a tub of mocha java ice cream.

This is why I know I need to shake things up.  I need to give myself a new mission to rekindle the creative fire and most importantly leave no time for worrying about things I have no control over.

Fortunately, we’re stuck in the Kingdom of Tonga, one of the most beautiful parts of the South Pacific, and we haven’t even scratched the surface.  Inspiration is all around, waiting to be discovered and we have zero excuses.  So, it’s operation inspiration from here on out.

Today’s destination, Swallows Cave, Kapa Island.  The mission, underwater photography.

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Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (35)

  • John M

    I am impressed you can hold your breath for so long! I would love to see a video explaining how you learned to do that. Great pictures!

  • wayne

    Really loved your video , have to say I’m jealous (lol) .
    Beautifully filmed and very natural .

  • Stan T

    Simply beautiful Wow!!!

  • Robin

    I immediately responded to the photo that turned out to be your favorite, as well. You look like an ethereal jester :).

  • Robin Herrick

    I immediately responded to the same photo-you look like an ethereal jester.

  • Kelly Crothers

    I loved the shots Nikki and Jason. I just ordered one of your prints for my living room wall! I also ordered a t-shirt which I have been meaning to do for awhile.
    I love your videos (and photography!)
    Take care guys, and nice work!

  • Rich

    That was some really nice photography. Reminded me of the Octopus Teacher.

  • Alan Solomon

    I am not sure. I liked all of Jason’s shots. I believe I like #6 best though.
    The cave was really cool. That water was amazingly clear which I enjoyed.
    I have always been a big fan of flowing water but clarity is next on the list.
    A great hiding place for something. I am surprised nothing resides there!
    One comment earlier said it is probably something we will never see.
    Sadly, that may be true. 😥 As always, thank you for sharing. 😊

  • Jeri Clarke

    I had to look up “cracken” ?????? Whoa- Kraken!!!!!!! Most definitely you don’t want to meet up with Kraken!!!!!!!
    What a beautiful video. So relaxing. Stunning photographs. Thank you ☺️

  • Sam W

    Yes, Jason is an awesome photographer, but you are such an incredible model, I dearly love your videos. This is not the first time it has happened, but the beauty of this place brought me to tears.

    • Sam W

      BTW, I still love the picture in Boquillas.

  • craig hayman

    Beautiful, when you get to NZ take some time to see the Poor Knights esp Rikoriko Cave. The free diving is amazing as it is a marine reserve. Thank you for sharing your adventures.

  • William C Domb

    Beautimous! Loved the octopus changing color and texture where it landed.

    Nice job!

  • David Charles Sier

    Hi Nikki and Jason, I went diving last NZ winter in the Blue Mau Mau arch in the Poor knight islands off the NE coast of NZ and it was Blue Mau Mau soup, they let me into the school and it was one of the most delightful experiences of my life, so tame, they were less than two feet away from me. My wife Michelle and I sailed out there a month ago and hardly a Blue Mau Mau to be seen, I saw one and asked it where all its buddies were, it shrugged its little fishy shoulders and said something about them migrating up to see Nikki and Jason in Tonga, fish hey! fishy little customers if you ask me.

  • Bruce A. Smith

    Haunting and beautiful. Thank you, and congrats on a successful mission. Glad I became a patreon member, yesterday.

  • Tammy

    Awesome cave and beautiful footage 😊Thanks for sharing

  • Lisa Bee

    I love that you are doing this❤️

  • Jean McBride

    Wonderful video, thank you both for sharing your life and adventures with us couch (sailors ) potatoes .

  • Cinandjules

    The music….so soothing. Wow..once inside..the beauty..minus the graffiti. Nope..would creep me out to dive in there.

  • mary

    The music, the unrushed pace and the incredible beauty has given me a little bit of a melancholy feeling myself. Beautiful shots, Jason.

    I hope you are feeling better Nikki! You and Jason are 2 of the most positive people I know. It’s just a brief thought or feeling. I know it won’t get you down for long! Life is not always paradise – even when you are in it!

  • Michael Magill


    This was your best video in a long time, not saying the last few were not great they were, but this one was haunting,. From the music which i loved to see you both seemingly floating in the water with different poses,was just perfect. What a perfect place to recharge all of your senses. This you both needed and by the end of the video , you could tell from Nikki that she was so much more calm and things were getting back to normal, or as normal as they could be. The world is messed up with covig-19, and people just don’t want to listen, and its getting worse, and while people are getting vaccinated, the “Variants” are hurting families with death and dispair. This was a break from all that and Nikki and Jason I thank you both so much for this video. It came at a perfect time!! Thank you for letting us tag along each week, this one was Magical!!

  • Pat

    Great shots and a wonderful look at something many of us wil never see. Really enjoyed this. Also I really liked your human bear bell….lol

  • Michel Paris

    One of the best video

  • Deborah Kerr

    Incredible! Thanks for needing some inspiration – it was beautiful! 🦋

  • james ege

    Beautiful! Thank you.

  • Bernard

    Great video, beautiful shots! Thanks Nikki and Jason. Bernard

  • Rob Franks

    Beautiful photography. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • MarkByron

    Beautiful mission! Thanks for thinking out loud. I can identify with some of your pandemic blue. You wrestled it to the floor and created beauty and story for many!

  • About Creativity

    Very good, “Confidence, Clarity and a sense of purpose are all things that need to be established and re-established, daily.”


    When the water is clear and the light is right flipping photos teases the brain and makes incredible look-twice, hang-on-the-wall worthy prints. You got some really good shots there.

  • Terese McMichael

    Even a slow day of creative thought makes a beautiful video. It must be nice to have these places all to yourself. Fantastic job and thanks for starting my week off with a Wynn😀

  • Tom

    Is there a chance I could get a digital still for my desktop photo …?

  • john walters

    In Between

    A starlight wind
    Moves us over a shifting sea.

    The mast sways and tangles itself
    Among the floating stars.

    The boat sails on toward the dawn,
    Parting the sea and the dark.

    Yet, there seems to be
    No where that we have gone.

    And the moist sea morning finds us
    Where we now can see from afar

    We’re stuck somewhere between leaving
    And where we believe that we are.

    John Walters
    © 2021

  • Louis Miller

    Worrying is bad for the soul so stop it , you’ve got to much going for you to do that , so before you let a bad thought take control of your mind get rid of it your smart enough and you’ll figure it out , and while your at it have a fantastic day .😇

  • Paul Swart

    I actually loved the picture where your legs are crossed but also the one you turned 180 degrees. Wonderful pictures! Would a summersun have given more intense colors?
    Thanks for sharing!


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