Sea and sky…

…and a pop of colour! A short post this week, and mostly focused on…a lack of focus that has been very pleasant.

On our rambles around the coast, we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy warm weather and clear skies. So far, we’ve been caught in the rain just once, and that’s fine by us. When skies haven’t been clear, and the mist and fog has rolled in, or there’s a bank just offshore, it has been hard to see where the water stops and the sky starts.

Staring out into the ocean, it is all blurred, no precise definition. The horizon disappears from view, the visible world shrinks, and feels more immediate.

When we’re out in the mountains, the long views and far reaching vistas are one of the many delights of that particular geography. Here on the coast, the fog and mist limit your view, creating something shifting – and fun to photograph – a land and seascape that is captivating to experience.

The photographs this week were taken on different days, and all were an attempt to find the line between sea and sky. It is there, somewhere, but indistinct, and we enjoyed not seeing it. We took our eyes off the horizon, became unfocused and walked on the edge. Unfocused and on the edge – sounds dangerous?! Not really. Look at what’s in front of you. It’s alright, you won’t fall off.

Sometimes, there is too much attention paid to being sharp, defined, and having clarity. Those big ideas and far reaching vision. Not too much of that here this week (or most weeks) – let go, don’t zoom in, drift, dream, and be a bit wooly. Life can be all the better for that, from time to time, he says, somewhat vaguely…

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!

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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

20 thoughts on “Sea and sky…”

    1. Thanks, Miriam! I really don’t mind the coastal grey, especially when it is fog and mist, there is always something happening, and the changes are constantly delightful. Ask me again if it rains without pause for a week…
      Enjoy your week!

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    1. Thanks, Mike! I do like how the ocean puts you in your place, whether you’re by the water or on the water. We’ve done a little kayaking this trip, and happy enough to have stayed out of the water! I know you’ve enjoyed kayaking out this way and in other places, and all I can say is you’ve great skills when it comes to shooting from a kayak. You should see our results so far! I’ll keep trying…
      Enjoy your week!

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      1. Hi and glad to hear you got to do a bit of kayaking this summer. It is a fun way to see that big ocean and glad you stayed out of the water. For me the trickiest bit always seems to be getting in and out of the boat. When the photos are all blurry and tilted I just title them to suggest movement on the sea. 🙂

        Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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      2. Hi Mike,

        Thanks for that – using your definition, I’ve certainly taken many photographs suggesting the motion of the sea!
        We were out in a very sheltered bay yesterday (sticking to calm bays and inlets, we have short boats and few skills) and I was fooled for the umpteenth time by a clump of kelp – from a distance it sure looked like a sea otter…
        Enjoy the rest of your week.

        Adam

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      3. Hi Adam, the kelp is a fine example of a wildlife viewers nemesis…seeing what we wish was there. I have seen many things in the kelp and otters would be one. In addition plastic bags in trees make fine egrets and so on.

        Hope you do get a few more paddles in while you have time.

        Mike

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  1. Wonderful and evocative post, pc. Your summer travels have been a delight to observe, and this look at the beauty in fog and fogginess was wonderful. A great reminder of the beauty of being mindful to what is right in front of us. Liked the photographs a lot too–

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    1. Thanks, Jet! We’ve enjoyed ourselves out here. I imagine you and Athena have some wonderful foggy photographs from up and down the coast where you live. Many mornings here have started out with mist or fog, and it catches me out how warm it is, fog and all. I like it, and the way the fog lifts/returns so swiftly.
      I hope your week is off to a great start!

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  2. Interesting comments on being unfocused and walking on the edge. I wonder how much of this atmospheric effect is the result of the fires. It is looking like this in Edmonton with all the smoke rolling in from BC. but we don’t, as you know, have a view of an ocean to get lost in as in these images.I like how ethereal it looks.

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    1. Thanks, Jane! The fog makes for some wonderful landscapes – I’d imagine you’d have fun here with your camera. There were a few days when smoke from the interior fires drifted this way, and then the wind changed and it cleared. Must be challenging, for those impacted immediately and from afar. I remember Calgary being cloaked in smoke from wildfires burning some distance away, and it was unsettling seeing the sky that way, day after day. I hope the fires are controlled and that your air clears soon.
      Enjoy your week!

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  3. Great focus, PC! Coast and continent blending together in one place, a misting, dreamy blend of land and water. I haven’t been there yet but it reminds me of an out of focus Maine, Acadia perhaps, in the quietude of autumn. Really nice.

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    1. Thanks, Walt! It’s oh so easy to get lost and dreamy out on the coast, Pacific or Atlantic. A pleasant state of mind, if only for a while. I’ll carry on receiving the daily natural dose of blood pressure medication and mental balm. And it’s pretty much free at the point of delivery. A natural health service…all we have to do is look after it.
      Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you! Yup, being a bit wooly is a PlaidCamper trait that has served me well over the years. These days, it is becoming more than just a bit wooly, but that is one of the joys of aging…
      Glad you enjoyed this one, and the kayak photo in particular – they jump out on grey days, begging us to go out in them…
      Have a great week!

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  4. I find the blur of the sea and sky make unique photos and a change from the norm. Sometime when a shot is taken as though a lense is out of focus, it gives a picture character. Very beautiful pictures you took🙂

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