‘Waiting For A Wave’
Surfers are usually pictured riding the crest of a wave, or sluicing through a tube of water.
The reality, though, is the constant waiting between the glory moments, as this shot of four surfers at Northland’s Mangawhai Heads in January depicts.
The waiting…and the anticipation…
“With the coming of spring I am calm again”
– Gustav Mahler
It has been a tumultuous August in Auckland, wet and windy for the most part.
But to be expected. That is what August brings. And I don’t mind really.
Spring ,according to the calendar anyway, has arrived today. Sunny and calm!
Thought I would mark it with this image of a flower from my garden that appears around this time every year.
Not quite sure what it is, but it doesn’t matter.
It is a signal of spring, of renewal, and anticipation of good things to come.
And, like the weather this morning, I feel calm. I struggle with generalised anxiety,so gladly accept that feeling!
This shot of fern fronds was taken on New Year’s Eve a few years ago.
The last day of the year.
Later in the evening there will be a small party and our posse will go out to the ridge and view fireworks as the New Year’s entrance is vividly signalled.
But in the moment of this photo, there are only hours to run in the current year.That time of bittersweet thought, regret and anticipation intertwined.
Only a few of the pictured fronds are in focus;the rest are as blurred as memories of the year past.
All the way along the waterfront on the train today , the rainclouds hovered darkly just above a layer of evening light.
They were still that way as I alighted onto the platform.
Ominously some might say.
Not me, for the anticipation of rain and its release upon us is so wonderfully life affirming.
And what was signaled has now fallen with great intent…