Monday, August 10, 2009

My World Tuesday ~ The dog days of summer!

Sleeping Beauty Mountain is almost obscured by the smoke
Friday was muggy hot with really bad air due to forest fire smoke from mainland B.C. and Alaska.All photos can be clicked on to enlarge for more detail
I went for a walk down to the docks to look for a reprieve from the hot still air. The harbour was the place to be with boats arriving and leaving and boys being boys.
Sitting at the end of one of the arms of the dock I watched some teenage boys challenge one another at jumping off the government dock.
Peer pressure was high on the agenda as each boy challenged each other and their own fears. Some jumped....
others tried to find other, less intimidating ways down.
All this happened while the harbour bustled with boat traffic
but they all lived to swim another day!
On another arm of the dock a younger generation of boys was tackling a tamer activity!
I never saw a fish caught in the couple of hours I spent down at the dock but they sure seemed to be having fun!
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16 comments:

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots. You have captured the snaps of boys in action beautifully.

Vagabonde said...

Your photos show the smoky air very well and I love your sequence on the young boys swimming.

Baruch said...

Smoke? And here's me thinking it's fog :)

Linda said...

Glad the harbour jumpers were unhurt - it can be a dangerous sport. The younger ones are so sweet - very serious about their fishing.

mkreider said...

You're right, this posting is down my alley. I like that you were able to get such a good sequence of shots, each telling it's part of the story.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Carolyn: Thanks for sharing these neat views from your world. Late July and August are truly the dog days of summer.

Powell River Books said...

Our hot spell has broken with rain yesterday and today. We lucked out back east with sun, warm and just a few showers mostly at night. But here on the west coast we really need this rain for the forests, fires and even my little garden. Hope it survived, but I'm sure with all of John's help with watering it did fine. But I'm sure my lettuce is a metre tall and my zucchini is huge.

Thanks for following my trip to the east coast and all the comments. Yes, it was short, but we are anxious to get home. We love it so much up the lake that it is hard to leave for very long. - Margy

Reader Wil said...

I always find it scary when children jump from so high into the water. Fortunately this went all well!

Deborah Godin said...

Really nice shots of those boyhood rites of passage!

Gaelyn said...

Looks like you went to the right place to escape the heat and smoke. What fun to watch the boys at play. Great captures.

Carolyn said...

As a footnote to this post. As much as a enjoyed watching the boys jump off the pier I held my breath everytime they jumped! I was prepared to jump in if anything went wrong. I swim daily and I am a mother!
Smiles
Carolyn on Haida Gwaii

ms toast burner said...

Great photos Carolyn. :-)

Sometimes I think the whole point of fishing isn't about catching a fish!

SandyCarlson said...

Those are some brave boys. What a great glimpse of summer.

Janie said...

Jumping doesn't seem too smart. I'd rather see my kids fishing.
Great photos of the action.

LadyFi said...

You've captured the daringness of boys being boys!

Tammie Lee said...

So much goes on at the edge of the sea! I love how folks find endless things to do there. Wishing you the best with all the smoke. That must be so hard to live with.

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