Friday, April 11, 2008

Morning light

One of the great things about living near the river is that you seem to be more conscious that things are always changing. The light varies according to the time of the year and the weather, and the traffic on the river is dependent on both. The CityCats are around all year, of course, but the recreational craft are a moving feast. During the Christmas period party boats bring noisy revellers past in the evenings; while at the beginning of spring the river is awash with boats going to and from the Riverfire celebrations.

Autumn and early winter bring out the rowers, a hardy breed if ever there was one. Training usually starts before dawn, and the rowers in their shells are accompanied by a coach in a power boat, complete with a megaphone. Then there are the fitness fanatics on their surf skis and kayaks, so low in the water that you fear for their safety.

Todays picture, of a school rowing eight at sunrise, was taken on the boardwalk that runs past my house, and it is always a very relaxing place to spend some quiet time in relaxation.


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