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Title: Yesterday morning...
Post by: MikeM on April 04, 2007, 03:41:13 PM
...was one of those mornings that will be shared with the grandchildren.
One of the very few perks of working the bay, is the copious amounts of solo time with nature... Leaving the mooring, I got this feeling, like a stomach felt moment of rememberence. Like I was really missing someone, and that they too were missing me. Maybe it was my Nana, or another love who's mortality has passed. Or maybe my old dog, or an exgirlfriend or something... I don't know, but the feeling was there, and as we rounded the point 4 Great Herons flew across our path. I gave them a silent hoot and watched them work their way north through the grey mist.
Nearing our spot, we began to slow down, while the loons popped out for a bearing and an evasive stroke or two in the right direction. As the boat came down from its plane, and the the throttle clicked into neutral, I looked toward shore and saw that the seals had taken their position on the rocks. I've been watching them for a month, and now know where and when to find them. My deckhand started setting up as I turned off the motor and listened to the sound of the hull slicing the glassy bay. He could tell I was having a moment, and was quick to appreciate the beauty of that place in time. We both stood quiet, as the boat silently drifted closer and closer to the rock that had six seals on it. Other smaller rocks to our south, had just one seal on each, lying on their backs, with their "feet" up.
It was one of those moments, where you could forget to breath. The water was grey, as was the sky, but the wind was flat, and the light fog was just enough to cause the horns of Connecticut and other distant places to sound. The magic of the scene was complimented by the calls of the innocent creatures that share our world but somehow go unnoticed. The calls of the loons from various distances, the pintails errr errr a err... the black backs argh argh argh from beside the boat, the seals were growling their extended belch-like sound, and the foghorns from near and far, all made that moment one worth writing about. All of this topped off by not one but eight Ospreys flying almost in formation, heading east! That was by far the nicest send-off to a tuff winter that I have ever encountered!
Title: Re: Yesterday morning...
Post by: little_nasty on April 04, 2007, 03:44:05 PM
wow...  very stirring.
Title: Re: Yesterday morning...
Post by: Northstreet on April 04, 2007, 03:52:20 PM
nice!  thanks!
Title: Re: Yesterday morning...
Post by: MikeM on April 04, 2007, 04:10:18 PM
Cool... thanks for reading
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Post by: TC1120 on April 04, 2007, 07:08:55 PM
wow...really moving. I love short but mind opening stories like this. Great read!
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Post by: Looseness on April 05, 2007, 03:34:13 PM
Very nice. I like stuff like that that really transports me to that moment.
Title: Re: Yesterday morning...
Post by: the Kook on April 06, 2007, 07:08:53 AM
Mike, thank you.   I really need a day at work like that.  :P
Title: Re: Yesterday morning...
Post by: skSURF on April 06, 2007, 12:32:49 PM
I really enjoyed that.