Monochrome Mondays | Week 19, 2017
“The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can’t.”
― Christopher Paolini
I find myself constantly going back to my time with the whales of the Baja. It was a deeply emotional time. As the associated quote states so well, there are so many things about this experience that defy language. Leaving me in silent reflection.
To see these beautiful creatures, in their natural habitat, rising gently from the depths and gliding next to our boat ,with virtually no sound except a gentle bubbling of the water, was a profound and life changing experience for me. The photos, while making great memories, pale in comparison to the actual experience, the combination of sensory perceptions of sight, sound, and smell are needed; even that is hard to articulate. There is a spiritual sense here, among the giants of the deep that defies expression.
So, I joyfully go back to the images and allow them to rekindle those emotions, once more placing in on the surface of the Sea of Cortez, sharing a brief moment in time with these magnificent animals, and silence prevails.
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 220 mm
1/400 sec, f/10.0 ISO 200
What a wonderful experience. That is still takes you back to that time speaks of its impact. Years ago I took part in a whale research expedition off Newfoundland. Being so close to those marvellous creatures was like nothing I’d ever known. You are right — words and image pale in comparison. I hope you have another opportunity share time with whales.
Yes, I’m really hoping for a repeat on this.
See some of your previous photos and realizing the dramatic trip You had taken. There is so much more you want to remember and reflected upon. I wonder if you could post a series of your journey!!
I posted a small series in late February.
Oh, I think I saw several posts, but I’ll go back to follow the series!
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