i slipped up the coast twice in the last 2 weeks since returning from sweden. i have a physical need to be near the water. not just near the water IN the water. bobbing up and down in the swells. floating on my back under a darkening sky. feet touching rocks and sand. no one else around.
unfortunately, my fear of sharks keeps me mostly out of the water. but on my very last day…in the morning…when the ocean was a calm still surface.
swimming bobbing by myself. i thought it would be easier to spot a dorsal fin in smooth water rather than choppy.
i know there are sharks under the surface. big sharks. i’ve seen the warnings posted. 36 sitings since january of this year.
during my sunrise/sunset walks i could see solo swimmers (and in rough water) all the way out to the bouys about 100 yards or so out. they are my heros. fearless ocean explorers. arms propelling them through the silver blue water. i’m in awe of their strength and boldness. but for now i’m a bobber, not going out any further than 6-7 feet, staying in only 10 minutes at a time, and in the very last minute almost running out of the water certain a shark or seal is nipping on my heels.
next time i take my 2 brave bodyguards, syd & mary with me! they swim regularly in the mighty pacific and have no fear of bumping into sharks or seals.
after 3 nights by the shore i’ve run away home. back to the gleaming metropolis and my life here at moss cottage. i’ll have to recondition myself for the routine of work, even as i keep my eye on the far shore. always thinking of my next escape… even if just up the coast a bit for an exhilarating dog-paddle in the deep.
The sharks won’t bite you if you tell them you don’t want the fish they are hunting – really – its that simple!
What a beautiful spot…love a quiet beach. You take great photos. Love your art.
sharon chapman says
Simply put “I want to be there! NOW!!”
Linda Watson says
The green covered rock in the sand. Something about rocks and water.
Jen Reardon says
What a retreat!
Oh, that beach barn/house looks wonderful!
We’re backwards in a lot of things here in Cape Town, South Africa (habit of the Great White Shark) but we’ve got a rather sophisticated shark warning system. Shark spotters are perched on the mountain slopes overlooking our most popular beaches and send a warning down to those on the beach who then swim out with flags if anyone is in the water at the time. There’s nothing more terrifying than being in the water and seeing one of those flags…..
Mary Ann Moss says
shark spotters! how cool for those swimming on your shores. most of the pacific coast of north america is also home to the great white.
i fear sharks, but also worry about their decreasing populations due to the great numbers slaughtered for their fins 🙁
Looks like another terrific candidate for coastal moss cottage! xox
jacki long says
Wonderful again, always!
Love the beach house… I love to sleep and live to the sound of the sea… But yep she has her dangers! My biggest fear is seagull attack… though we have had sharks and get lots of Stingrays here in NZ! I was doing y Sunday morning meandering through the delights of the blogtopiaand I found this link and immediately thought of you, so if you haven’t come across Clara Bee Lavery before, enjoy!
Mary Ann Moss says
oh she’s wonderful! thanks for sharing bobby!