PS. At the end of my shift, I got the best card I've been given in many, many years! And that made today even more special :).
Wednesday, 31 August 2005
Tuesday, 30 August 2005
It's down to this
And now again I've found myself
Monday, 29 August 2005
Sunday, 28 August 2005
Saturday, 27 August 2005
Friday, 26 August 2005
Earlier in the day though, with the seas much calmer and the day clear and bright, I was back to the A-deck with my waterproof binoculars. And while following the entertaining course of birds skimming the sea, I noticed a flock that was flying much higher up in the sky. I noticed that these birds flew in an extremely ordered fashion. Not for them the sudden swoops and dives. Every now and then they would change places in a loosely buint but very distinctive formation. I guess when you are going long distance, minor details become important, and showing off is simply a big waste.
Thursday, 25 August 2005
Wednesday, 24 August 2005
Tuesday, 23 August 2005
And if someone's wondering why there's nothing but the sea and the sky in my recent pics, that's because there is nothing but the sea and the sky! But I'm not complaining, I just got to know that I'm getting off a full week earlier than I thought I would ;).
Monday, 22 August 2005
Sunday, 21 August 2005
But that in itself presented a rather major problem. You see, the wind outside was biting cold. And today's Sunday, so as a mark of deference to the non existant weekend, I'd chosen to appear for work, not in my regular coveralls and boots, but in a pair of shorts and sneakers. The heavy jacket over my sweatshirt did absolutely nothing to lessen the chill that was setting in. And it was freakin' difficult to hold the camera steady for any length of time. And that meant I had to click several pictures before I could get a few respectable ones. By the time I was done, the horizon had changed into something quite different!
So there, every day is a new day, and I'm definitely thankful for each one of them. But I guess the idea of life without weekends is going take a little time to get used to.
It started raining in the evening. Pretty redundant if you ask me, rain in the middle of the sea. But then I guess it's right up there with not wearing workclothes on a Sunday when one has to work anyway.....
Saturday, 20 August 2005
By the time I could relax a bit it was already close to 9 p.m. I went up to the heli-deck anyway, just to stretch my legs a bit, and get some fresh air. What greeted me as soon as I opened the hatch was the biggest, brightest moon I have seen in my entire life!
Please trust me, both pictures were taken within 2 minutes of each other! And that is how stark the difference was between the western and the eastern horizon.
Friday, 19 August 2005
Thursday, 18 August 2005
Wednesday, 17 August 2005
Monday, 15 August 2005
Saturday, 13 August 2005
As a matter of fact I was sailing in the world's largest waterbody - the Pacific Ocean. I must mention thought, that the ship was pretty much skirting around the edge of it, in case anyone is thinking about some massive trans-Pacific voyage! Be as it may, the appearance of desolation is pretty much absolute. It is as though we were the only humans on the face of the earth.
Oh there were other living beings of course! On the second day of the journey we saw dolphins!! Trust me, they are every bit as adorable as they are made out to be, swimming along with the ship, often easily out-pacing it, leaping out of the water n diving back in with a splash.... Lovely creatures!
And then there were the jellyfish. I have never seen anything more boring in my life. They do nothing! Just float by like some lifeless thing. In fact the resemblance they bear to a floating plastic bag is rather remarkable.
Finally there are the birds. Now this particular morning, I was standing alone on the for'ard deck braving the rather chilly wind (seamen would call it only a light fresh breeze but do not be deceived!), when I noticed it. A white bird, looking rather like a sea gull, flying very close to the water. I looked around, no land in sight. I even went up to the bridge to check if there was some convenient piece of land where the bird could have come from, but there was nothing for more than 50 miles all around. And then I saw the bird do a rather strange thing. It dipped very close to the water, and refused to emerge from among the waves. In a little while I spotted it comfortably sitting on the water (duck-like), no wonder they can come so far out into the sea. But I do wonder, with the water temperature well below 10 degrees, what in the world was saving the bird's butt from the cold?!!