Trouble On The High Seas

Today dawned with promise of sun, but failed to make do with that promise. Instead we got clouds. When I saw young men heading to the beach with boogie boards I thought the sea might offer some entertainment. In the town the winds were calm, but the Mediterranean was showing signs of strong winds to the north and east in the form of huge rollers. These were seas we haven’t seen in Collioure before.

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One sad woman stood on the rocks, surrounded by breaking waves, and tossed roses into the sea. She appeared to be praying and seemed oblivious to the water at her feet.

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However, the greatest drama involved two small sailboats who had ventured beyond the harbor. This was quite foolish on such a day. At times the boats disappeared behind the rollers. Eventually, of course, they both capsized. Righting a small boat in six foot seas is not small feat. Each crew managed to right their boats twice, but both also fell a third time. Zodiacs to the rescue! It provided an exciting 45 minutes for us on the pier.

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The winds finally reached us in late afternoon. Of course the views of the harbor were even more beautiful than usual with the clouds, the mist, and the filtered sunshine.

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About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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3 Responses to Trouble On The High Seas

  1. Jean-Paul Dumont says:

    For people like me who remain on dry land, storms are mostly fun to watch. This also seems to be the case for the kids who played in the surf. Nice pixes as always.

  2. Carolyn Raham says:

    I guess so! More exciting than you planned!

  3. Glenn Buttkus says:

    You make a lot of lemonade out of your situations; kudos for your accommodative nature.

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