Monday, December 22, 2008

21 Seals

I wish that I'd taken the camera with me. I actually walked out of the cottage with it, Maya and Sage just behind me, to take a walk and snap some pics. We only got as far as the shed, though, before ducking in for cover from the falling rain. From inside the shed I snapped this photo of my son, Sage...

But then I left the camera in the shed so we could complete our daily expedition into the wilds of Shetland. (It's a nice camera, and it was pelting down.) Five minutes later, we approached the beach of the little inlet not far from the house. There were tons of seals lounging about the stony beach. As we walked down to say hi, they all belly rolled into the water and then promptly turned around and hung about twenty yards off shore, watching us.

That's when I wished I had the camera. There was something both really cool and kinda unsettling about being watched by a bunch of submerged mammals. I counted 21 heads, all staring right at us. Cool. Your average sight in Shetland, though. It would be much harder to fine 21 people within a five minute walk from the cottage...

Next time I'll keep the camera tucked under my rain jacket.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lucky you,

Such a sight and nobody will ever share it with you... Some would call it treasure memory.


6:35 PM  
Blogger Dirk said...

Made me think of the great movie, The Secret of Roan Inish. Though it's set in Ireland. If you haven't seen that movie, I'd highly recommend it.

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Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Ah, yes, we were just talking about Roan Inish the other day. "Look, it's wee Jamie! Jaammmiiieeee!" Very enjoyable movie, and yes, I do think about it a lot. The seals here appear to follow us as we talk walks along the coast. They seem curious, wistful... It's not hard to see where tales of silkies came from...

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Cold, rain, seals. Shetland must be the tenth circle of hell.

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If so, hell is underrated. And colder than I'd heard tell of. And the whiskey is better...

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