At times the elements conspire in perfect harmony to produce exquisite serenity. The harsh wind retreats and the sea wallows quietly:
In the scene below Venus Pool lies unruffled in a silken sheen.
Conditions can change quickly though and the Atlantic Ocean can push up in rambunctious form with that devillish “Cape Doctor”, the southeasterly wind and the full moon spring tides. Sometimes it also drives low cloud scudding across the Peninsula in a ‘black’ mood and cloaks the mountains in a foggy blanket of moisture. On one such morning, we stand and watch in awe as waves come belting out of the ocean in a heart thumping rhythm smashing into the rocky ledges. It’s as if Mother Nature lifts up her skirts to dance a fandango. Two swimmers enter the pool and in a daring dash of defiance in the face of such raw power, they sprint across and back to safety. Whatever it is, this sense of ebullience, we leave feeling high on elation.
WPC: Variations on a theme – tying into the moods of the sea.
32 thoughts on “The Scend of the Sea”
I would have run too…but beautiful captures.
Thrilling to be there! Hope you catch the big Blue Moon tomorrow evening A-C.
I did not know there would be one…But it is always cloudy and rain here, so …But thank you for the tip!
The sea definitely has different moods. Well captured, Liz!
Thanks Eliza…. yes the dynamic sea – even in it’s stillness it breathes.
What beautiful photos. I love the second one.
Thanks for commenting Colline. The second shot is so full of promise…
I am a dreamer (sometimes), i very much like the soft mood of the first one.
Thanks Bente, good to see you here! Glad you enjoy the mellow tones.
I would be too afraid to enter that pool with those waves. Supposing they had washed them out to sea? Great photos as usual Liz.
Yes, i think they hadn’t realised the ferocity of those waves. Glad they got out safely.
Very interesting response to the variations theme. The ocean is so powerful and so fascinating.
Thanks for your comments Anne. Yes true the ocean is mesmerising in it’s moods and power.
Such incredible power!
Hi de Wets – can you imagine those storms which sunk the old sailing ships…. The Cape of Storms has a gnarly ol’ face!
Must have been an aweful experience to anyone aboard one of those ships!
they are breathtaking photos!
Thanks Daisy – waves have amazing shape and muscle… love those curling tunnels 🙂
Wonderful images Liz. You really captured it. I too get the feeling of elation watching a wild sea. And I love the sentence: It’s as if Mother Nature lifts up her skirts to dance a fandango.
Thank you for your comments Alison. So appreciate your words, remembering your marvellous travel descriptions 🙂
Thanks you J Mac.
Wow what contrasting seas, temperamental nature flexing her muscles. The pool can’t be safe even when it’s that rough? Love your photos and writing Liz.
Temperamental and feisty! Those waves had power. The couple swimming often go there to swim, it has a wild feel about it…. but i’m glad to say that they did beat a hasty retreat. I don’t think they realised the height of those waves breaking.
of peace & stability
in nature’s forms & colours 🙂
thank you, smile, calm.
I’ve always enjoyed a walk along the rocky shore. The mixed sounds of waves lashing on the rocks and birds chirping are strangely soothing. Gorgeous captures!
Waves and birds… now there’s a variation of music 🙂 I think the sea has a magnetic pull – something to do with our long ago aquatic past? Thanks for your comments Cheryl.
A glorious set of images that capture the ever-changing moods of the ocean. There’s something about a wild sea that seems to spark joy and elation in us, a wonderful feeling! I wonder though why in some it seems to induce recklessness I’ve often seen people stand on rocks on the sea edge on wild days risking being swept away!
Thanks Theresa; that elation can draw inspiration, but it’s just plain crazy to skirt danger at the edge of the seas’ raw power!