“I can think of no greater happiness than to be clear-sighted and know the miracle when it happens. And I can think of no more real life than the adventurous one of living and liking and exclaiming the things of one’s own time. ” ~Robert Henri
An early start to the day sees us racing the tides to visit a colony of seals near here.
We get the boats in, just in time and paddle the short distance out to a rocky ledge where our selkie friends are known to congregate at low tide.
We do not venture too close so as not to stress them out, but we can see their velvety bodies slip into the water when they spy our approach. One or two trusting souls hang about on the rocks and watch us watch them. The rest, the shy ones, watch from the water, only getting within 50 feet at the closest. Sea dogs of a sort, they have some curiosity and fascination with us, as we do them, and we spend some time observing one another.
There are also osprey, terns, cormorants, gulls. We aren’t out long, but it is a productive day already.
Back home to gather some of the kids, we then head to lunch at a lovely land’s end marina. We are in our element, and pinching ourselves at our good fortune. No wait, a table by the water, and the best of company.
In the afternoon we walk off our lunch time decadence with a cliff walk trail which leads to an inlet of sorts where we take a swim.
Classic Maine woodland, complete with fairy huts and mushrooms. We soak in the quiet of a natural island pine forest.
We manage to find a path to the water of a little inlet and swim for a time. Salty and warm and lovely.
We are happy campers.
Suffice it to say, I created no art today, but rather took the beauty of the day to gather imagery and impressions for more work in days to come. Tomorrow we shift gears, heading inland to a rented lake home. All of the co-workers have taken the week off and vacation for the lot of us begins in earnest.
I will miss the ocean.
Expect a post here in this space come Sunday, or possibly Monday, depending upon the flow of things. Til then, be safe, wear a mask, be kind to one another.