via Daily Prompt: Undulate
The waves are gentle,
a rythmical undulation
like inward and outward breaths of meditation,
a life giving force that captivates the heart,
and takes prisoner the mind and thralls it with wonderment.
Gliding along I enter a new space and feel refreshed.
There's something about being on the water.
It's not possession,
because this is a privileged and shared space,
no, it's about surrender to the water, and all that it brings.
The water rythmically laps the sides of the kayak,
the undulation, beautiful.
simple, joyful ... gift.
It is late, and yet the day is just beginning,
©Paul Cannon 2018
via Daily Prompt: Launch
Sometimes even the sheer effort can be daunting, all the prep, all the organising and the getting there, but once launched, it’s really worth it. There’s something really meditative about kayaking, the smell of the water, salty downstream, brackish upstream. There’s plenty for the eye to rejoice in, dolphins, stingrays, King George Whiting, black swans and a host of birdlife (some migratory). There are sounds too, birds calling, wind rustling vegetation. And there’s the sound of the water lapping on the side of the kayak, and the sound of my paddle as it divides the water and pushes. But it is not overly intrusive, the kayak is gentle on its surrounds, respectful of nature. The fish and birds come close, they trust the quiet nature of this vessel, and so do I, it is an invitation to presence and calm, even stillness (which is not an absence of movement per se). When I launch the kayak, I launch into something too, something deep.
Filed under kayaking, nature
via Photo Challenge: Bridge
Alexandra Bridge near Karridale and 26km from Augusta, is both a wonderful kayak launching site and on the opposite bank a camping site. It is one of the best segments of the Blackwood River for kayaking because the tide is weaker and the scenery is wonderful too, so it makes for a pleasant time.
And it was a great day.