Blue

water ripples in shadow

This is a shot of water ripples in the shadows under a big fern. I like the intensity of the colour.

Early morning

sunrise over the ocean
Looking east

On the days when I travel back from the big city to come home, I get up early—these days that means 4:30 am, well before dawn. Or, as my friend Anna says, “At sparrowfart.” First there is pouring coffee into myself, then a drive to the ferry, park the car, walk on as a foot passenger. Get off the ferry on the other side, walk (if the weather isn’t appalling) four kilometers to the Other Ferry, get on and then off that one, and walk another twenty-five minutes to get home. If the weather is dreadful or I’m extra tired or I could save an hour by doing so, I’ll take a cab instead of walking on one or both of the self-propelled stretches.

The actual travel time normally takes about 5 hours. But getting up at 4:30 gets me home by 10:30, and that leaves me with most of the day here, so it’s worth it. (Usually worth it—though after a relatively late night carousing moderately with old friends—dinner! wine! and truly wonderful carrot cake!—that premise is slightly more dubious.)

But at this time of year, leaving that early also means I get to watch the sun rise while at sea. It wasn’t exactly a sunrise today, given the amount of cloud, but it was still pretty damn nice.

stormclouds over the ocean
Looking west

Leaf on water

leaf on water

Well, the drought is certainly over. The question is whether we’ll see enough moments when it’s not raining to get yard work done before next summer. Right now that’s looking iffy.

But actually it did stop for a while today, so I managed to get out for a dogwalk and take a few pictures. Unsurprisingly, the pictures all involve water. Here’s the first one.

Trickles on sandstone

water trickles over sandstone formations

The water trickles are from a happy, very wet golden retriever who was wondering why the ball wasn’t being thrown at that particular moment, as it should have been.

Pond life 1

buckbean (Menyanthes trifoliata) 2

This is one of the prettiest things that grows in our pond. It’s small and delicate and not terribly noticeable, but once you get close its frilly delicacy is particularly appealing. It’s known as buckbean or bogbean (Menyanthes trifoliata).

buckbean (Menyanthes trifoliata) 1

And then of course there are the lily pads.

lilypads

Mighty mystery

red mites on pond surface

We went to a sandstone beach today, and I spotted these little guys, very tiny, probably only a couple of millimeters in body length, if that. I only noticed them because of their bright colours. The sandstone formations had little pools, and most of the pools in one area had these in them, one or two of a whole bunch clumped together, blowing around on the surface of the water. My best guess from doing some digging is that they’re some kind of aquatic mite.

pile of red mites

Since we’re talking about dogs…

dog lying in pool of water drinking

Yesterday my schedule got completely out of hand and I didn’t post anything, so two posts today to make up for it. And yes, this is Our Dog, yet again.

I took it a month or so ago, and it’s pretty typical. He runs around and gets hot, he finds water, he lies down in the water. Sometimes (as in this picture) he enjoys a refreshing drink at the same time.

He does this in the coldest weather imaginable. My imagination lapses when I try to think about what it feels like. Maybe fur changes the experience? It never helped me when I dunked my head in cold water.

Water puddling on sandstone

water puddling on sandstone

The other day I was at the beach and the tide was coming in; the waves were very slight, but lapping over the sandstone benches. A tiny wave slid over the lip of these depressions and deposited the first incursion of water—and then the little puddles drew back into themselves instead of simply making the sandstone wet and spreading out. I’m not sure why, but the water tension produced these gemlike drops in the centre of each depression, the biggest a couple of inches across.

Rock and ripples 1

rock and ripples

I do like how rocks and water and light work together to produce exquisite effects. This is one of a bunch of photos I shot in late December; I’ll post the rest of them later.

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