July 21, 2013 … grey can be interesting

So now I am alone, for two weeks anyway.

I dropped Mary at the airport, and watched as she passed through the gateway beyond which non-travellers may not go.

Feeling a little like Sam Gamgee as Frodo sails at last from the Grey Havens, I wondered what to do next. Tolkien has the answer: “To the sea, to the sea! The white gulls are crying, The wind is blowing, and the white foam is flying.”*

So I drove from the car park to the end of the runway and the South Coast and around Lyall Bay. The foam wasn’t exactly flying, but in the greyness of a heavily overcast day, the surfers seemed to be there more in hope than expectation. Neoprene wet suits glistened against the leaden-hued water which at first glance appeared completely devoid of surf.

Surfing without surf - Lyall Bay

That water is just dead flat

 

Every so often a sharp crease would slide across the water, but mostly the surfers would evaluate it and let it pass by.  And then a slightly bigger or better formed wave seemed to have potential and some frantic paddling would bring them up to speed.

When the wave does come they paddle hard

I was down at sea level so the wave looks more impressive. A little over one metre by my estimation.

Usually it was a short ride, and by the time they made it to the standing position, the wave was already dying on the beach.

The waves didn't seem to last long

Despite the small wave height there is some weight in that water

In Evans Bay, the view of the Hutt Valley was obscured by dark clouds  and a yacht provided a nice counterpoint.

From Evans bay to the Hutt Valley

The yacht was not going anywhere very fast

I wonder what the week ahead will bring.

* J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings

 

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About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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2 Responses to July 21, 2013 … grey can be interesting

  1. John Titchener says:

    Dare I say,”Forty-nine Shades of Grey”?

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