Near Solstice Light

File Dec 17, 7 56 09 PMWinter solstice is right around the corner and the late afternoon light is kind of errie.

My cold/flu/virus/tired-to-the-bone “whatever it is” seems to be waning.  So I walked the 3/4 of a mile to the spot where I’d seen one stand up paddle boarder from my window.  He was still there.

The tide was just starting to ebb so some of the wave’s punch was pulled back.  BUT, there were surfers from one end of the beach to the other.  The light kept slipping in and out of the clouds.  One moment it was on the water, then on the hills, then gone.  I sat on a piece of plywood someone had left on the rocks.  I didn’t take the time to anchor it so I teetered and tottered a bit, which makes shooting video with a long lens a challenge.  There was one guy on a fat orange board who caught one wave while I was watching.  Mostly I was happy to smell the salt air and hear the hollow roar of waves crashing.

I got one shot of the scene as the light lit up the Rockaway Headlands.  That was the last of the light, so I headed home.

Dog Days

One of my Bay Area friends posted this clip on Facebook yesterday. It’s from a group called The Inertia. I watched it twice, then showed it to my wife. I’ll watch it again.

For one, the guy is so graceful, but the dogs. OMG the dogs are adorable. And the wave is way longer than the rides I usually get. Way longer.

My goal is to be as relaxed and balanced as this guy, but without the dogs.

 

Wild Ocean

The ocean is big today.  It was bigger yesterday.  The water is a good 10 degrees colder than it was in September.  Fall is here.  Winter is coming.  I’ve been fighting a bug which has kept me from the water.  But I still need a fix to overcome my hopeless addiction to the ocean’s charm.  Whether it’s a walk on the beach or making a short video of the current conditions, it’s all about the ocean, its size, its smell, its moods.

 

SUP Video with just an iPhone

It was a long day and the surf was outstanding, but I wasn’t near the surf until sunset.  I still had chores to complete and no time to get my “real” camera so I walked in close to the shore and shot some SUP footage using my iPhone 6S+.  The only paddleboarder in the water caught a couple of waves while I watched.  Add a little music, a little creative editing license and voila.  A short video.  A very short video.

 

SUP with Presence

I paddled yesterday in conditions to my liking. The tide was low the wind was down, the waves were small and the crowds were gone. I caught a couple of waves, and those were fun, but the rest of the time I was sort of out of focus, off balance.

Enter yesterday’s post from Power of Presence titled “Paddle Barefoot – set your feet free!”.

The opening line “Paddle with an open heart and your mind will follow” gave me pause.  The whole post made me ponder adding breathing to my SUP outings.  And while bare feet are out of season for me, the whole notion of bringing a bit of consciousness to my paddling was refreshing.

I engaged with the author, and downloaded a paddleboarding guided meditation.  More on that when I’ve gotten waterproof audio gear.

 

WhatSup with Blogging 101?

It’s been a head’s down week at the WHAT SUP site.  Blogging instruction, blogging compatriots, blog posting, all to make a better blogging experience.  I even made a blavatar, which is the little square graphic that shows up in mysterious places, like the little N for Netflix.

So how do you end a week like this?  Stand Up Paddleboarding at sunset seemed so simple an answer, even though I spent a bit of time upside down.  Check it out.

WhatSup with Blogging 101?

I surfed today via Stand Up Paddle Boarding which is what got me into blogging.  I’ve published 30 posts without really knowing more than write what I want to write.  None of the pieces were long, and most included photos, since I love photography and find that photos tell a good part of my story.

In many of the posts I’ve included video, see below, since I do video for a living.  And most posts are about Stand Up Paddle Boarding but sometimes it’s a stretch, like a post I did about Fenway Park while visiting Boston last month.  But now it’s time to learn to blog from the helpful folks at WordPress.com, and my fellow Blogging 101 classmates including @michelleweber, @chrissiepollock
and @aisajib .

I live on the coast, about 15 minutes from San Francisco.  I have a wife, two kids and a cat.  We see the surf from the back of our home.  My oldest son and his wife are about to bring us our first grand child who’s a girl that I nicknamed Sprocket.  I’m  a lucky man.  Yes I am.