After a long day of study I felt lethargic and brain-dead. The last thing I felt like doing was going out for a run in the evening heat, but I was bantered and cajoled into going by Mrs daybydaybyphoto, who knows a thing or two about how to revive my spirits. Of course it worked – as it always does – and I returned home invigorated and with the day’s photo to boot!
Sitting on the aft deck with a cup of tea this morning, the fish in the marina were jumping like crazy. More in hope than anticipation, I put my telephoto lens on the camera and pointed it at the water, on the off chance that one would jump out of the water just there and then. Better than that, a whole school of them did – and I’d got the camera set up just right to capture them!
At the other end of the day, we went out for a run just before dark and came across a Greater Green Snake on the path – not once, but twice! Almost broke the heart rate monitor I was wearing! Having already bagged my ‘photo of the day’, I hadn’t bothered to take a camera with me; a lesson learned for next time.
By the way, the object under the wrapper from Tuesday’s photo was a Boeing 777 full flight simulator – well done if you guessed something close – and happy birthday Dad!
I was always going to struggle with writing anything so dramatic after yesterday’s blog entry, but have tried to match it with the title at least! The legacy of Typhoon Vicente has lingered all through yesterday and today; the rain has hardly let up at all and the skies have remained leaden and threatening. This being Hong Kong, commerce and business have not been slow to recover, but transport systems have taken a little longer to get back to normality. Towards the end of the day, I got fed up with being cooped in all day and decided to go get wet – and I felt so much better for it. I think the gaudy statue is supposed to represent the unique Chinese pink dolphins that inhabit the waters around here; perhaps one day I’ll be lucky enough to see one in the flesh.
We had a chance to get away from the packing and the household jobs and there was a choice – pub for a drink, or beach for a run? No choice at all really.
Regular readers of this blog might just be able to recognise the lone runner in this shot taken from Hengistbury Head in Christchurch at sunset this evening. The beginning of the 8 mile curve of Christchurch Bay can be seen at the top left of the picture.
I took this photo at the beginning of a 75 minute run. Shortly after I took the photo the heavens opened; luckily my camera and tripod were wrapped in a plastic bag so stayed dry. I however, got thoroughly soaked and covered in mud – how come I enjoyed myself so much?
Went for a run early this evening over Hengistbury Head, overlooking Christchurch Harbour and Mudeford Beach. One of our favourite places in the World and we’ll miss it over the next few years. Ah well, it’ll still be here when we get back and I’m sure we’re going to find places just as special in the meantime.