In honour of World Oceans Day (how they need our help!), I thought I’d respond to this week’s “Fleeting” WP Photo Challenge with a sort of time-lapse of a whale I once saw.
We were maybe a mile out at sea; my face in rictus from glee – for the last twenty minutes or so the whales had been playing with us. Just over there, a couple flapped their flippers at me, beckoning look! look! One drifted off, doing a few back flips and that elegant dive (banner shot, above), surfacing right here, beside the boat – flapping its flipper to begin a tail spin, just to show off. After spinning and rising out of the water a good metre or so, quick as a flash – as if it were a trapeze artist, flying high in the air – it just seemed to let go, and disappeared. No whale – just viscous water and a few water molecules dancing in the sunlight! The “official” photographs of that morning off the Sunshine Coast, Queensland – one of the most thrilling mornings of my life – were posted in honour of last year’s Oceans Day. (I should try to get something new for next year!)
how utterly wonderful!
Is everything ready for the move?
Thinking a lot about you recently as I look like having to leave mtlawleyshire – it’s become way too expensive for the likes of me, though I will be taking the fatte cattee with me, wherever I end up
Hey there Keira – lovely to see you! I’m all packed up, moved out of the house, but dragging my feet a bit about actually buying that ticket and getting on an aeroplane. I guess there’s no hurry, really, or pressure and I’m just not quite ready yet!
How’s The Thesis – almost finished? Sad you’ll have to leave your MtLawleyshire but you and Fattee Cattee gotta live and if they keep raising the rent, it’ll could be lean pickin’s for a pussy cat for a while – unless you become a miner? No? You’re right – it’s too hot up there for you Keira. Looks as if a move is the best option.
Take care and finish … 🙂
Don’t get me started on the thesis. My deadline has become negotiable due to the fact I have no supervisor. Honestly. Universities!! Don’t hear from my dupervisor so scant feedack on anything. It’s all very disheartening.
I am thinking Manfurah as housing is still relatively affordable down there – I will miss Mt LawleryShire…
Glad all your packing’s done. Hope your eventual departure is smooth, uneventual & you land somewhere you ca love.
Fabulous. Beautiful post.
Thanks dear 🙂
Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting 4 Mont BeuvrayTree | What's (in) the picture?
I loved these, may I share them?
Of course, dear Viv! Hope your awful is feeling less awful 🙂
absolutely marvellous m …. just divine!
You’re there, Christine – in an internet hotspot somewhere!?! I didn’t comment on your last post – with the gorgeous red earth and the glow of the early morning sun, thinking you were posting from the wilds. Looks like a stunning trip.
It looks like you got pretty close! I’ve never actually seen a whale when going whale-watching, so I’m quite jealous. 🙂
It happens quite frequently, I hear – so I understand your ‘jealousy’, especially when they were so close and in our faces. I daren’t ever go again, for fear we’ll draw a blank … 🙂
Such lovely shots TWG. Thanks for sharing this beauty. 😀 *hugs*
You’re welcome Sonel 🙂
Bootiful stuff fellow wanderluster 🙂
I take no credit for these – the whales did it all – majestic, mercurial creatures 🙂
Lovely shots of whales.. so lucky to be up close!!
You know, the trip was a gift – what a gift! And to be, as you say, so close to them made the whole thing beyond my wildest dreams. Just incredible.
How envious am I!
Understandable – but you’ve got many years of adventures ahead of you Dallas 🙂
I like your great banner / header shot!
it took well to the tight crop didn’t it? Thanks Frizz 🙂
Great shots! You were in the right place at the right time …
What great whale shots. They’re hard to get in the water.
What magnificent captures….
This is so so beautiful! Wonderful post to share with the world.
Pingback: Weekly photo challenge: Fleeting | studio Nem
Wonderful and thanks for the link to last year!
I’m rather partial to the water molecule shot…
I so love watching the whales. I have never been able to capture a good photo but their images will stay with me always.
Even the bad photos remind you of the little things you’d forgotten – such an incredible privilege to be able to watch them.
Pingback: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting | rfljenksy – Practicing Simplicity
This is just wonderful! I am glad you love the sea like me, and celebrated World Oceans Day! My two trips whale-watching in Monterey, California were certainly the most thrilling moments of MY life too – watching a group of orcas hunting, and when three humpback whales approached our boat and were so close we could almost touch them! Beautiful moments, and as you know – just unforgettable and very emotional…
It’s interesting how emotional our response to them is, isn’t it? I wondered at it, at the time, and continue to do so whenever I look at the pictures, or read about the whales. I think it has something to do with their fragility, and the miracle of their survival. There they were, hunted to the edge of extinction, and there we are, just a few decades later, on a small boat in the ocean as these giants play around us – almost as though they’ve forgiven us, or hold no grudge at least.
Great shots. Whales are incredible creatures and it’s such a thrill to see them up close.
Unforgettably thrilling – what luck!
Gorgeous photos, and wonderful way to celebrate world oceans day.
I just finished watching a TV show – somewhere in Africa – and was just telling myself how even remote rivers have been destroyed.
Ocean life is incredible, I am always amazed by the behavior of fish, turtles, dolphins, and whales.
It kills me to see so much plastic in the water. I really hate plastic.
I see that those whales are not that far from shore. I love the tailspin photo from last year. It has to be hard to live with barnacles on your head.
Yes – I wonder if they make him cross-eyed! I’d have thought some enterprising fish would clean the barnacles off, but I see from the scarring that somehow they get cleaned off periodically. 🙂
Oh, how lucky you were… We’re going on a whale safari in the north of Norway this July, I hope we get just as lucky 🙂
Yes, the oceans do need our help. We must stopt reating them like a vast dump.
How fortunate to catch whales and for them to oblige with a show! Living so far inland, I’ve never seen one but sure would like to. Your photos and accompanying descriptions are good reasons why.
Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge / B4 Retouch: Fleeting / Mont Beuvray View | What's (in) the picture?
Pingback: And Now Water has Changed its Behaviour !!! | Rashid's Blog
As beautiful now as then, Meredith, however fleeting! 🙂
Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge / B4 Retouch: Fleeting / Dead Tree | What's (in) the picture?
Great shots of “Thar she blows!”
Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge / B4 Retouch: Fleeting / Dead Tree 2 | What's (in) the picture?
Perfect for World Oceans Day… and if we don’t look after our oceans… the denizens of them will be “fleeting”.
The splash and tail of the banner shot set such a wonderful, and exciting tone!
Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge / B4 Retouch: Fleeting / Mont Beuvray View 2 | What's (in) the picture?
Thank you so much for sharing the beauty of nature with us! I like the banner too!
I remember being wowed by that spectacular post! What a magical if fleeting scene 🙂 Love the header.
Pingback: I spy with my little eye | Sounds like wish
Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting | blogagaini