Doing the last grocery shopping for Christmas dinner dessert — strawberries for the pineapple strawberry trifle…love the festive colours…
Hopefully, I’ll get a picture of it before it gets devoured!
Enjoy your holiday preparations, however simple or complicated they may be!
What could be simpler than a two-foot Christmas tree hung with six decorations? It’s tiny, but that’s what you need on a sailboat.
We’ve talked for many years about getting back to basics with Christmas — and this year we are closer than ever…
It’s winter solstice today — the longest night of the year in this hemisphere and we are reminded that the Christmas tradition of evergreen trees can be traced back to the Druids — the priests of the ancient Celts — who worshipped the earth as sacred. Something we could stand to emulate more here and now…
Here are some lovely apt verses for this time of year from Lord of the Dance…
I danced in the morning when the world was begun
I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun;
I was called from the darkness by the song of the earth,
I joined in the singing and she gave me birth.
The sun is in the south and the days lengthen fast,
And soon we’ll sing for the winter that is past,
Now we light the candles and rejoice as they burn,
and dance the dance of the sun’s return.
The moon in her phases and the tides of the sea,
the movement of Earth, and the seasons that will be
Are rhythm for the dancing and a promise through the years —
The dance goes on through joy and tears.
Happy solstice to one and all!
Not our boat! This is a neighbouring boat. I love the way the sun glints off it in the morning.
We’re living on our sailboat now, in a lovely intimate marina in the Manatee Pocket, at the mouth of the St.Lucie Inlet in Florida.
This is the same place as we were last year, and it was so heart-warming to be welcomed back by many friends we made during our stay then.
Our original plan was to head to the Bahamas after the Christmas holidays, but the best laid plans….as you know…
It turns out we have to replace our mast and rigging before we sail anywhere — no need to go into the whys and wherefores here — and we just have to accept that that will take some time.
I’m still doing my Simplicity Project so the next two images will reflect that.
This is the hull of the boat of the couple slipped next to us. I loved the way the sunlight divides the water into triangles at one certain point in the morning.
The couple in the boat next to us have sailed and lived aboard their sailboat since 1986. They have helped to develop the charts for cruising the Bahamas and authored articles on sailing topics. They really know what it means to be sailors! People on boats make friends fast and help each other out all the time. To me that’s one of the great attractions of this kind of life.
It takes big lines to tie up a big boat! We have boats — both power and sail — of all sizes here.
These last three images may not quite fit the simplicity brief but they do show a glimpse of life on our mastless sailing vessel.
Bob ties us up at the dock.
I’ve circled where the mast is supposed to be.
Breakfast on the boat. We have one burner and I don’t need more than that!
Bob and Charles enjoy a quiet moment in the cockpit just before dinner.
We have a very simple Christmas here on the sailboat. Our little tree is up (and I mean little!) and our small candles are out (thanks, Elena and Stan) and we’re about to put our twinkle lights on the lifelines…
So in the spirit of using what you have, I created this Christmas image with one of the candles and some Photoshop brushes that Kim Klassen kindly shared with her friends. Hope you are all approaching the “BIG DAY” with a heart full of joy and peace.
Boat bottom abstract #1
Abstraction generally involves implication, suggestion and mystery, rather than obvious description.
If I were a painter, I’d want to be an abstract painter. Well, that won’t happen in this lifetime, but I can make abstract images using my camera.
Hanging around a boatyard this last while, getting our sailboat ready to launch, and doing my Simplicity Project at the same time, I’ve come to appreciate the exquisite beauty of deteriorating bottom paint on boats.
Boat bottom abstract #2
A lot of boats have a build up of bottom paint that hasn’t been removed. Most bottom paint is like a bar of soap. As the boat moves through the water the paint dissolves. And every year or two a new layer is put on that may be a different colour. By changing the colour the owner of the boat can tell when the bottom of the boat needs to be repainted. The particular accumulation over time can become visually arresting. Some boats with iron keels have rust spots too.
So in the spirit of “use what you have” and “appreciate what’s around you,” I’m taking advantage of the startlingly lovely patterns and colours that I used to look right past to make images that intrigue me.
Boat bottom abstract #3
We’ll be busy launching the boat over the next few days, so I’m grouping three days of my project together in this post since they’re all related “boat bottom abstracts.”
For many splendid images of simplicity, visit the Flickr group, Photographic Simplicity. Inspired by Kim Manley Ort.