The Lure of the Ocean…

130826_T9 049Those of you who have sailed – not on a cruise ship or a ferry – know the feeling.
The wide, far-away horizon; the immense cupola of the sky and the glittering path of the sun. The ship forever moving and forever seeming to stay in one place, day after day…
To you, I dedicate this photo, taken from a vantage point near Den Helder in the north of Holland.

 

The North Sea – In Winter

When people talk about the sea, they think of golden beaches under a warm, smiling sun. Of cocktails and snacks and swimming and sleeping under a parasol. Few of them realize that same sea has a totally different face, a faceĀ  only the professional seamen know…

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A face distorted by a force 6-7 gale, by driving rain and sleet and snow. With waves sending curtains of spray over the bows of the ship, soaking the oilskin-clad deckhands that longingly look at the lights of the port, just peeping over the horizon.

A tough life.