DOWN BY THE SEA!

I always have my camera bag with me when I leave the house and yesterday was no exception.  The weather was iffy and the wind was blowing hard from the Southwest.  My intent was to head to a couple of locations nearby to take some long exposure landscape photographs.

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Upon arrival the wind at my back was lifting me from my feet and it became immediately apparent that my tripod wouldn’t be cutting the mustard.  So whatever I did get up to with my camera was going to have to be handheld.

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On my drive home along Dallas Road I caught a glimpse off to my right of dozens of colourful kites zipping backwards and forwards from east to west and back again.  It has been a while since I have driven the coast road and the last time I did parasailors were all the rage.

Clearly the wind was a bit too furious for those folks but for a kite boarder this was the day to be out on the water.  The Straight of Juan de Fuca is clearly a great place to hone kiteboarding skills.  The Victoria coastline is a truly picturesque location.  You have shipping lanes full of traffic, you have lighthouses standing watch and of course there is always the backdrop of the city itself.

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After watching for quite some time I came to the conclusion that I would love to try this high octane sport.  Unfortunately and alas, I envisioned that immediately upon entering the water the kite would drag me along the shoreline and over the jagged rocks on my face.  I recently read that a Montreal surgical team completed the world’s first face transplant, so I hope they believe in practice makes perfect (I think my wife would like it if George Clooney was up for a swap).  On second thoughts I think I’ll give it a miss and maybe refocus on surfing.  Not sure if it’s a retirement sport but what the hell, nothing ventured nothing gained.

Cheers!

 

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