“We must believe that there are places where tranquility exists and nature is given back her power to speak…”
― Nanette L. Avery

Seriously, I am trying to move away from whales, and the ocean, but the draw is too strong. I’m still going through the many photos I made on my recent vacation and finding images that simply resonate with me.

The image above of one such photo. Made around eight o’clock in the morning, as we were heading out for a day of diving.

The Sea of Cortez was calm, with a slight pinkish haze on the horizon. In the distance, the sparkling spout of a surfacing whale drew our attention from the stillness, yet not a sound was heard, other than the lapping of the water beneath our dive boat. Then the  dark outline of the Humpback Whale’s back broke the surface, with barely a ripple, just the smoothness and shimmer of its inky skin, which slid into the depths, just as it had appeared, soundless and gentle.

Then, as a finale to this act, the massive tail appeared, suspended above the waters like a flag, waving slowly, serenely. Till even it, disappeared, leaving a small pool of bubbles as evidence of its existence.

Just recalling this moment, bring an incredible sense of peace to me. It’s one of those moments I will cherish and will become one of those places I can go in my mind when life gets busy. I also have this photo, which I will hang on my wall, to look at, and remember, tranquility.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 110 mm
1/320 sec, f/9.0, ISO 200

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18 Comments on ““Tranquility”

  1. Beautiful to read. 😊 I have feelings like that about going to the giant redwood forest. It was silent in there and dark like night. It smells fantastic.

    Your experience is great because it’s kept alive in your mind so clearly, and, as you say your photos will always remind you of that good time.

    • I too have had that experience. For me, it was the Armstrong Redwoods of Guerneville. I found them denser and the space quieter and far more serene than Yosemite. Mind you, there are places in Yosemite, off the beaten trails that have a similar feel for me.

      • can you believe i’ve lived in california twenty years and i’ve never been to yosemite! it’s a shame because i can’t go now that i’m ill.

      • haha yes, family, everyone wants to visit california! i live near san francisco, so people always want to visit!

        i’d love to see it in winter. maybe i could just sit in the lodge and look out at the snow! i haven’t seen snow in so very long. fall would be pretty spectacular, too. in Canada? you must see plenty of snow!

      • Oh that sounds depressing! How long til you get real signs of spring! The rain stopping was our big sign of spring. It made the grass neon green! It’s getting warm, too yay!

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