Friday, August 29, 2008

A sail before dinner

Life by the water (...continuing this week's Thematic Photographic theme. Go here to learn more.)
Toronto, ON, July 2008 [Click to embiggen]

Sometimes, you're on the ideal side of the plane when the winds blow in such a way that you have to loop over Toronto's downtown core on final approach. Oh, and a beautiful day punctuated by perfect, late afternoon sun doesn't hurt, either.

And when that happens, I hope you'll pull out your camera and record the scene, too.

Whenever I'm away, I try to bring home shareable moments for our kids. I want them to know what it was like for me to be where I was. I use pictures to tell stories of my trip, to involve them in the adventure. This latest trip to San Francisco was no different.

What jumped out at me as I tried to capture a shareable memory of an eye opening moment was how many boats were out in the harbor. It was 6:07 p.m., and the workday was transitioning quickly into a perfect July evening. This city, so often maligned for being cold and soulless, seemed to be anything but from where I sat. Loads of people were out on the water not because they were going somewhere, but because they were content to just drink in an obviously perfect day.

I thought the kids would like it. And they did. I hope you do, too.

Your turn: A perfect summer's day. Please discuss.


Snaggle Tooth said...

Perfect summer day: (easy) Day Off, no plans, no hurry... add sunshine, stroll the seaside near home. My ESR bloggy is almost all water shots btw-

Mojo said...

I rarely get a shot out the window. Then again, I rarely have to fly anywhere, so I guess that's the biggest reason for that.

Any time I see a photo like this I wonder about the people on the ground. Or in this case, on the water. What happy things are they getting up to down there? Somehow, unrealistic as it may be, it's hard to imagine anything unhappy taking place on those little self-contained islands in the harbor.

As usual Carmi, you've given us not just an artistic shot but a point to ponder.