Sunday, July 08, 2007

#67 (b) Slippery

Finishing work early, he bicycles to the cottage. The glossy surface of the water mirrors the cloud-laced sky. Skidding to a stop on the slippery dew covered grass, he jumped off his bike thinking; "perfect, I'm going kayaking today, it's too ideal to ignore!"

Changing clothes, gathering the essentials; full water bottle, camera, PFD, and paddle, he heads to the dock.

Avoiding the slippery wet moss, he carries the kayak into the water without mishap. Sliding into the cockpit, securing the spray skirt, he makes his first stroke with the paddle and his vessel slips effortlessly across the satiny surface.

Drifting downriver, catching glimpses of fish darting beneath the surface, he spies a crafty gibbous carp swimming through the depths under his boat. With his camera he captures the sky's reflexion in the river's looking glass surface.

Buoyant, warm, he slips into reverie, relaxing and slides down the slippery slope of forgetfulness; forgetting the cares of the world and bathing in summer's milieu.

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Blogger Eleanor said...

Obviously the brain fog has dissipated. :) Beautiful piece of writing, Rel ... as usual!

10:28 AM  
Blogger Clare said...

I felt like I was right there in the kayak -- such beautiful writing and descriptions. And your use of slippery several times was really clever and tied everything together. I love your photos -- they look absolutely magical with sky and water being one and the same. Very nice!

11:59 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Your writings always move me. This was beautiful.

12:21 PM  
Blogger paris parfait said...

Wonderful writing - all the slippery references - very clever. And the photos are stunning. Sounds like a fabulous time, you lucky guy, you!

4:42 PM  
Blogger Churlita said...

I've never been kayaking before, but your post makes me want to go.

6:02 PM  
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6:35 PM  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

I was right there in that kayak, Rel. What a beautiful day...

6:52 PM  
Blogger Wanderlust Scarlett said...


That was lovely, thank you!!

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

10:29 PM  
Anonymous KG said...

I want to kayak on a smooth river right now! Your words and photos together have convinced me of the need to paddle, soon. Really wonderful. :)

10:38 PM  
Blogger Pauline said...

bicycling, kayaking - and those clouds painted in the water - wait for me next time...

6:44 AM  
Anonymous gautami tripathy said...

Such an enjoyable post. Liked it even better!

12:16 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

It all sounds wonderful, Rel...but with the huge gap at the bottom of your post, I thought you'd fallen overboard! ;)

12:06 AM  
Blogger Rowan said...

Wonderful photos Rel, it looks idyllic. It's a beautiful piece of descriptive writing too - don't think you need to worry about the Muse deserting you:)

7:45 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

what gorgeous pictures Rel....I can just imagine the calm of gliding downstream in the kayak.

12:21 AM  
Blogger M said...

fantastic! okay this is the second time I have tried a comment here.apparently, I need to drink some coffee and wake up because writing comments is not working for me right now!

9:37 AM  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

That is one very lucky kayaker-person!
My son would identify; he loves to go kayaking too.

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely STUNNING photography. Those long wisps of clouds reflected in the water are gorgeous.

12:38 PM  

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