This bay has been an important refuge for our family the past several years, it’s one of those quiet sort of places that’s perfect for homebodies who need some kind of adventure in their lives but not too much. Any extremely satisfying success through the viewfinder here has eluded me over time, it doesn’t matter whether it has been fair weather, bad storms, low tide or high tide. The adjoining estuary has become an increasing focus of my interest and I took this a couple Saturday nights ago when we were leaving which was a good thing because the local cabin-dwellers were firing up their wood stoves altogether at once and smoky vapor drifted quite unhealthily over the beach, you can kind of see it here. Smells good, though. The boys and their mother were ambling only very slowly back to the trailhead for my benefit as I was shooting and soon I found myself accompanied by a young man with surfboard, his wetsuit was peeled like a banana awkwardly down his body and his face mostly hid under a hoodie with the exception of long, wet hair and quite a prodigious, extremely red nose and he was squeaking funny in a pair of oversized rubber boots not to mention shivering like crazy in the autumn chill. He was overcome by the serenity of this backwater just like me I guess and stopped to admire the peacefulness at dusk.
Ordinarily I might’ve found myself a little annoyed at such an intrusion except I’d been admiring him all afternoon out on the water, he was an exceedingly confident boarder and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone out here ride with such grace for so long. The usual misanthropic side of myself felt somewhat chastened as he turned out to be a nice fellow, we chatted and I would learn he was born and raised only a few miles from here. At any rate, I thought maybe the silvery tin foil of foreground here could be interesting as a monochrome study.
Adam left Animal Farm laying about this week after he finished and Oliver Fern picked it up imagining it would be another sort of Charlotte’s Web. Was he ever disappointed.