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Thursday, August 25. 2016
And this little piggy went 'we, we, we, we, all the way home'!
While in Vava'u we saw pigs, lots and lots of pigs everywhere.
In fact the maximum speed of 70Kph is almost redundant as everyone drives as if pigs both large and small are about to dart out across the road. Judging by the look of many cars the drivers have learned this lesson experientially.
Even when mum's crossed and a handful of piglets have followed it's best to wait a moment or two for the runt hiding in the bushes.
The reason the locals leave their pigs run wild is simple, the pigs can forage for food wherever they like, meaning the owners do not have to pay for or worry about food.
The down side to letting your pigs roam wild is perhaps obvious. Let's just say, 'what goes around comes around'.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'This Little Piggy' 1/250s f/2.8 ISO160 140mm
Tuesday, August 23. 2016
When ever I come across a cave, be it on the side of a cliff, deep in the ocean or perhaps somewhere right in the middle of those two worlds I wonder, 'what lives in there?' and feel an urgent need to explore.
Swallows Cave, on the Island of Kapa, Vava'u, did not disappoint my curiosity.
We had come to the end of our fist day on the water and we were all tired of getting in and out of the water over and over and over again.
Yes it was exciting to see so many humpback whales for the very first time. The first fleeting glimpse of diving flukes in the water were just as thrilling as our skipper dropped us into the oncoming path of a pair of large males.
But all day long it was the same; drop in, catch a glimpse, get back in the boat and and repeat.
Entering the cave were greeted by a glittering school of baitfish. Like some organic thermoclyne they held their position in that upper layers until the very last moment, gently parting to make way as we swam through.
The water was still and clear, the dappled diffuse light gentle and we experienced a serenity which washed away the jagged edges of a frantic day.
We never did come back to Swallows Cave after that first day but I'm glad we got to visit and swim here.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'Swallows Cave' 1/500s f/3.2 ISO1600 15mm
Monday, August 22. 2016
'Tag me if you can!', a school yard taunt remembered from long ago. Yet here we are again playing that game of dare, chase and tag on a scale un-imagined from a landlocked childhood.
Who would have thought we would encounter Humpback whales both adept and eager to play our boyhood game.
We'd swim away and they would chase getting oh so close as near enough to snort, 'tagged you, you're it!'. W'ed chase them back and the two big males would frolic just out of range long enough to prove who's winning here before accepting the tag again.
We played this game over and over until we were worn out and they were just getting started. Finally they both chased us back to the boat and with one last snort declared 'tagged you, you're it'.
We left with 'the tag', I'm sure we left them with whale winning grins.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'Tag Me' 1/320s f/10 ISO320 15mm
Thursday, August 18. 2016
Sometimes I wonder just who was checking out who!
No sooner had we arrived here and two large humpback whales appeared about 100m away. As soon as we realised they were heading straight for our boat there was a mad scramble for masks, fins and cameras.
They came closer; 50m, 25m, 10m and then the pair dove and disappeared. This disappearing act was something we had grown used to as the whales often dive under our boat if we stop in their path.
Suddenly without warning one massive head rose right next to the boat, its nose more 2m out of the water. A moment later a second just as enormous head rose next to the boat and we had two unblinking fathomless eyes gazing back at us for a time before quietly sinking back into the water again. Clearly this was an invitation.
Once we were in the water these two large males turned the tables on us. I felt like we were now the subject of their curiosity and if they had had iPhones they'd be taking selfies with the humans and and texting their mates!
We were all circled and observed from every angle. On one occasion when I dived deep to get a view from below the pair dove down, corralled me then followed me back to the surface in a spiraling ascent of three, the two getting closer and closer to me almost embracing me with their huge pectoral fins as we ascended. It felt like they were making sure I returned safely to the surface again.
This was another extraordinary experience where I felt that these beautiful animals were complicit in the exchange of a shared experience of each other.
We should not need moments like these to nurture love and respect for these wonderful creatures but if it were possible I wish every human could experience the humpback whales of Vava'u as I now have.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'Just Check'n You Out' 1/160s f/10 ISO320 15mm
Monday, August 15. 2016
The the big male far below me had already started blowing bubbles on his last descent. As his stream of bubbles ascended from below it expanded and divided over and over like some roiling cauldron until the ocean became a sea of bubbles telling of his progress far beneath me.
As I watched all five whales had aligned in a column from the big bubble blowing male below through to the week old calf at the surface. It was an awesome sight to see these beautiful creatures come together this way.
As had happened many timea before, I expected the group to pick up just a little speed to leave us behind. This is the normal behavior for male escorts, a mix of dominance and protection for the mother and calf. This time however something unexpected happened.
The mother and calf continued gently on their way while the other three turned towards the surface. As we swam and the three big whales rose it seemed like they were intent on a collision while all the while the big male's bubbles seemed to blow harder and more violently. They all rose together directly underneath us enveloping us in foaming white-water and completely obscuring our vision. Amidst all the bubbles and confusion three large bodies surface just in front of us with tail flukes in our faces. Despite the showy ascent, all three broke the surface gently, arched their backs and gently slid back down away from us into the depths below.
What a show! Perhaps it was their way of saying we had overstayed our welcome, perhaps they were just having fun with us. Regardless we decided to leave them on their way.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'Deep Five' 1/40s f/7.1 ISO160 15mm
Saturday, August 13. 2016
'Don't go in there' he said as he swam back from the gates. Unspoken, we both perceived the gauntlet drift downward to the ocean floor below.
For a while we watched and we waited until during a brief lull in the waves we quietly slipped through.
It was so intense in that crazy place, always on our guard and never knowing where the next onslaught would come from.
We lingered as long as we dared then slipped unnoticed out the back in to the world of wind and sunshine again.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'LL in the Underworld', 1/60s f/7.1 ISO640 15mm
Friday, August 12. 2016
We followed these three humpback whales on the surface for a while as they played their own games, indifferent to our attempts to get their attention.
On one particular drop the three dived in unison and came to rest around 20m below the surface where for a while they remained in this beautiful group cuddle, gently sliding their massive bodies across one another.
Finally they split out from this loving embrace to glide gently back to the surface again.
Behavior like this is a beautiful reminder just how social humpback whales can be and if I can be so bold to suggest, affectionate and loving.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'Ménage à Trois', 1/160s f/6.3 ISO320 15mm
Wednesday, August 10. 2016
The day I met George was one of the most magical moments in my life. It was an experience I will relive, will reflect upon and treasure for the rest of my life, ... but I am getting ahead of myself.
It was our second day in the waters just off the west coast of the island of Vava'u in the Kingdom of Tonga and our first day with Vinney our Tongan skipper. That morning during our briefing Vinney described to us how he had prayed the night before for the insight and the guidance that would bring us to the whales but he also told of his respect for the will of the oceans and the whales regardless of our success or otherwise. We knew then we had someone special leading our little expedition.
It was late morning when we spotted George, a young male humpback whale lounging on his own in open blue water. Our excitement was palpable but subdued as until now all our encounters with these graceful giants were fleeting, barely lasting a few seconds and most in poor visibility. This whale did not move on as we slowly drew near. In fact an enormous pectoral fin slapping the water seemed to welcome us as the four of us and our guide slipped into the water.
At first George just seemed happy enough for us to swim around him as he rolled from side to side slapping the water with those massive fins. It was obvious he was happy for our company so I positioned myself a few meters away in front and a little below to photograph the proceedings from what I thought would be a safe distance. Perhaps George's interest increased as he became more comfortable with, perhaps it was something else. What ever the reason this whale decided it was time to play.
Imagine a 25,000 kilogram 12 meter whale eyeing you off and begin swimming directly towards you. Remembering the safety instructions of the briefing you tell yourself remain motionless, tucking in arms and legs for protection when every instinct is screaming 'run'. All the while trying to be mindful to not touch or interfere in any way. At the last moment the whale appears to dive underneath but then lifts you gently onto its head, the pressure of moving water and whale gently holding you there.
This was one of the most terrifying moments of my life but at the same time I was completely struck with how effortlessly and gently I was brought up to the surface, rolled over to his left and let me slide off. As he rolled back to the right I found myself staring into that big beautiful searching eye. For a moment I was lost in that unfathomable gaze but then he rolled further over as he swam and I realised I was being guided down that expansive white belly out of harms way of his two massive pectoral fins.
The last part of George I saw as he continued his roll was that enormous tail fluke. I experienced another moment of terror as I realised the damage that tail was capable of, but it was was short lived as he gently swished that enormous fluke out of harms way leaving me tumbling in his wake.
The extremes and the intensity of emotions I felt, the profoundness of what just happened, the shear inability to even comprehend it all left me shaken. It was as if George new I needed a moment to compose myself but when I had he headed straight back for another round!!
We spent quite some time with George before we had to leave him. Each of us had just experienced something exquisite, something very personal and something very rare. My gratitude for George's gift to all of us that day and for Vinney finding him out there is something I will cherish forever.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'George's Gift', 1/400s f/6.3 ISO320 15mm
Thursday, July 21. 2016
I'd already wandered around the grounds of Mandalay House for more than an hour.
I Imagined spaces full of celebration and laughter, then quiet contemplative souls seeking the healing salve of a peaceful garden juxtaposed with the focus of the gardener creating, shaping and nurturing.
... and then I saw her.
She did not move as she sat on that cold stone plinth untroubled by rain or sun or birds.
Oh to be able to sit so still, at least for a little while and enjoy the sunshine and the garden of Mandalay House.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'Untroubled by Rain or Sun', 1/800s f/1.4 ISO400 50mm
Tuesday, July 19. 2016
One of the things we have come to love, expect, admire, desire and despise are mass produced products from China.
Walk into any shoe shop 40 years ago and you were probably in a family business with an assortment of very different looking shoes to ponder and shoes from.
Most of the shoes on display would have been locally made with just a smattering of imported ones, usually Italian, in the more upmarket stores.
My next door neighbor often talks about the good old days working for local Adelaide shoe manufacturer, Clarks Shoes. He talks about the artistry of the 'last', the skill of buying the best leather and the workmanship of crafting each shoe. He made it very clear you did not need to be Italian to craft fine shoes though in his case a little person heritage might just have made a difference.
Soon the conversation veers north. Initially he talked of the buying of materials from China, then finally to the decline and transition to importing everything.
The workers retired or transitioned into other equally fragile manufacturing industries. The wonderful shoe-making machinery was either sold or discarded for scrap and a once vibrant local industry disappeared.
Now when we walk into a department store and see the same shoes replicated over and over down an isle, all we really see is cheap and made in China.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'Made In China', 1/800s f/1.4 ISO400 50mm
Monday, July 18. 2016
There's more than one story here.
There is a great chalice subtly placed in the centre of the frame so as to not draw too much attention.
At first I thought that the golden underside was from years of being handled but then noticed the copper tones and tarnished bronze around the rim.
Perhaps it was made that way, perhaps it became that way or perhaps it was restored that way.
What ever its history, it is just one of many stories here.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'Stories', 1/250s f/2.8 ISO160 50mm
Saturday, July 16. 2016
Roman had a life long dream to come to Australia, to visit Uluru, the Australian outback and to experience as close to true wilderness as possible.
He's used to rugged terrain, to challenging climbs and to the demands of the trail but in his home near Salzburg the mountains are full of people, full of habitation and no place is truly wild.
As beautiful as the lakes and snow covered mountains of his home in the Austrian Salzkammergut are they are such a part of daily life that they ironically become just part of the local scenery.
We started out from Adelaide by car, made our way up through Coober Pedy, through to the red center of this great continent and then out west to Ulurua and Kata Tjuta. We spent a little time around the beautiful Kings Canyon before undertaking the long road trip back to Adelaide again. No matter where we were, on the highway, Uluru, Kata Tjuta, or on the ridgeline of Kings Canyon we always stopped to experience the sunset and marvel in the extraordinary places we found ourselves.
Despite his desire to to experience just how vast Australia is I think he was glad to see the end of many thousands of Australia kilometers driving or as a passenger watching the country rolling by.
Back in Austria again I am sure he remembers the sunsets, has forgotten the long kilometers and will cherish his time here.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'When Boyhood Dreams', 1/25s f/16 ISO160 15mm
Thursday, July 14. 2016
Sometime coincidences are just a little too spooky.
I was a little bit lost on the the back roads of County Cork when a tiny cemetery and chapel caught my attention. Later I learned it was Kilshannig Cemetery.
Despite the rain I pulled off the road as best I could, found a small gate in the heavy stone wall and ventured inside.
I am not usually one to read the texts and think about the history inscribed on tombstones and lives lived. Instead I prefer to keep it a purely visual experience.
I spent a little while walking around the chapel and feeling the somber mood of the low light, the wintry drizzle and sullen overcast sky.
As I was ready to say goodbye and head back to the comfort of a warm and dry vehicle one tombstone caught my eye and drew me in to read the words inscribed.
'In loving memory of Jim O'Connor Pendys Cross Dromahane Died 22nd Nov 1995 ...'
Usually I would have stopped there, but something kept me reading.
His parents were buried here. His 18 month old sister was buried here. There were family here acknowledged back to William O'Conner who died in 1772.
Still, nothing too unusual for an obscure out of the way Irish cemetery ... And then I saw what was written Last.
'Tim (Timmy) O'Connor (Late of Pendys Cross) Died 18th December 1998 Interred in Adelaide Australia'
Adelaide, where I now live, and the farthest place on the planet from Kilshannig Cemetery, was the very last line.
It was chance that brought me here, it was chance I noticed this grave and unusual for me to have read the inscription to the end.
So now as I drive past any cemetery here in Adelaide I think about Timmy O'Conner, and wonder what brought him here.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'When Worlds Collide', 1/30s f/13 ISO160 17mm
Wednesday, July 13. 2016
Connor (not his real name) and Troy are about as likely an Irish couple of lads you could imagine enjoying the craic at Maddens Bridge Bar in the seaside town of Bundoran.
... or are they?
Look a little closer and you will notice the Liver Bird, mascot of the Liverpool Football Club. Could one be an English soccer fan?
Look closer still and you might just be able to make out the Springbok, mascot of the South Africa national rugby union team. Could the other be a rugby union fan?
So perhaps we have and Englishman and a South African in and Irish seaside bar and that craic could turn a little spirited if the conversation were to turn to which game is the 'real' game.
Well for now they are all smiles and I'm glad I left the bar that way.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'The Craic', 1/25s f/2.8 ISO1600 50mm
Tuesday, July 12. 2016
If you were thinking I'm referring to Adelaide you'd be forgiven but if you really know Adelaide you might just be able to work out a few things.
Just because an image is out of focus does not have to mean the details yield no clues.
The title suggest travel, the forms suggest a couple rolling carry on luggage. Air travel perhaps?
If you are familiar with Adelaide airport then try and imagine walking through it with translucent glasses and trying to match any other lights, colours or textures. You wont.
If you know me you could guess at one of three different places in the world and the title might still make sense.
Are the couple walking towards me or away from me or maybe it's even a selfie?
Why are there no forms suggesting other people?
So have I succeeded in making a blurred image interesting and left you asking questions?
Photo: Robert Rath, 'Coming Home', 1/60s f/2 ISO640 50mm
Monday, July 11. 2016
And we thought the way up was hard work!
The first section up that chained face of Uluru is steep and would indeed be dangerous if it weren't for the chain. As steep as it is though that first section gives only a little insight into the actual effort to complete the rest of the walk to the summit and back down again.
Coming back down, down, down again I really became aware of just how steep that climb really is and was more grateful for that chain that I'd ever thought I'd be.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'Down, Down, Down', 1/100s f/11 ISO800 15mm
There's an expression regarding some people; 'you can't take them anywhere'. Well it does not apply to my dive buddy Andy who will happily dive with me in the most atrocious of conditions, and I do mean happily!
The other weekend we headed down to one of my favorite dragon lairs near Victor Harbor. The conditions looked fine as we arrived and even up to the moment we entered the water. Then it all changed.
Visibility started at around 2m which would have been fine but as we headed along the sand-line the visibility all but left us.
Pretty soon we had less than 40cm of visibility with the water full of smashed algae and all manner of benthic muck stirred up from recent swells. I do not usually get seasick but the combination of surge and colloidal muck surging back and forth a few centimeters from our faces made it a very close thing.
... and then we found our first dragon!
Despite the conditions we found four leafy seadragons this dive and none seemed too fussed, happily moving back and forth with the surge.
I was convinced my images were going to mired in backsctter and be a complete waste of time. I even left the camera in its housing all week before cracking it open and uploading my images.
They were all pretty bad but I decided in the end to show at least one of diving in the muck with a dragon.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'Muck Dragon', 1/100s f/11 ISO800 15mm
Saturday, July 9. 2016
We are currently caught in the grip of winter with freezing nights and cold wet days. Still Adelaide has quite a mild winter compared to other cities so you will get no complaints from me.
Clearly the city in this image its not Adelaide but Galway, Ireland and about as far away from here as you can get.
What captivated me here while standing in the freezing cold, the wind and the rain was how many people walked by with happy faces, engaged in animated conversations or just gazing at the lights and reflections in puddles in wonder or contemplation.
Perhaps the rain forces most people to put their phones away and just enjoy the things they see around them, like street lights in puddles.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'The Fascination of Puddles', 1/30s f/2.5 ISO800 50mm
Friday, July 8. 2016
We were on some lonely road somewhere near Hawker in South Australia's mid north. The sun was getting low (but not yet low enough) and an old ruined farmhouse came into view. It was the perfect opportunity to stop for some images.
I walked up to the ruins, around the ruins and captured them from all manor of perspectives before walking back to the car again. Then I noticed him.
With his tripod placed politely over the fence I watched as he captured a series of images from just that spot.
Given the remoteness of this place I can't think of any reason why you wouldn't climb that fence and explore the location unencumbered.
Perhaps he did climb over that fence after we left. Or perhaps he couldn't. I will never know.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'Over The Fence', 1/100s f/6.3 ISO100 200mm
Wednesday, July 6. 2016
This small tree meagering an existence on the parched skyline of Kings Canyon is living a struggle which makes most of our lives look like that of pampered royalty.
If we tried to live naked in such an inhospitable but oh so beautifully place I am sure that stark beauty would be lost in self consuming misery.
Perhaps there is a message here in the will to live of a small bent tree that just might be worth noticing.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'A Bending of Wills', 1/640s f/18 ISO160 15mm
Monday, July 4. 2016
As we neared Coober Pedy from the North the landscape changed from flat to strange as the desert erupted in white cones of discarded subterranean earth.
This evening the opals of Coober Pedy did not come from the toil of miners below but from sun and the clouds and the sky above.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'Opals In The Sky', 1/3s f/11 ISO250 15mm
Saturday, July 2. 2016
Do you find mannequins a little disturbing but can't help stare at them waiting for a blink, or twitch or some give-away that there's something more than just paint and plastic?
Then I know you'd enjoy Nina Ventura's mannequin transformations. This image is from her exhibition at last year's SALA festival at the Adelaide Convention Center.
I am looking forward to seeing what new work she will be exhibiting next month for SALA 2016 and I will be looking for a blinks, twitch or tell-tale give-aways!
Photo: Robert Rath, 'Waiting for Her to Blink' 1/125 f/2.8 ISO1600 200mm
Wednesday, June 29. 2016
From Sydney to the high street of Galway, you could not get further apart in both culture and distance but Irish pubs would seem to be a uniting thread.
The difference is however that in Sydney it's all about the idea while in Galway it's just simply the real deal.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'The Real Deal' 1/25s f/2 ISO800 50mm
Tuesday, June 28. 2016
What's in a view? Quite a lot it seems.
The harbour, the bridge, the quay, the ferries, the cruise liners, the skyline, the clouds, the people, the buildings, the skyscrapers, the balconies, the flags, the yachts, the players, the hustlers, performers, the tourists, the locals and all that stuff between the spaces.
Cafe Sydney delivers.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'Cafe With a View' 1/3200 f/9.0 ISO800 15mm
Tibbot Bourke, the first Viscount of Mayo was a ruthlessly proud man so Irish legends tell.
One evening at dinner, Tibbot's wife Maeve mused how her brother Shane O'Connor was a stronger man than her husband.
In his resulting rage Tibbot sought the man accused of being his better and they fought to the death.
The following evening at dinner Tibbot presented her brother's head and demanded his wife declare who now was the better man.
In distress and fear Maeve put argument to rest declaring that only her husband could have been so certain that her marital commitment could weather such a test.
With his ire quenched and his vanity pacified Tibbot proceeded to enjoy the rest of his evening unconcerned for his wife's grief.
The story is a true account adapted from Jennifer Liston's poem 'Muscle' and the poor fellow is not Shane O'Connor but part of the Nina Ventura collection.
I am heartened by the fact that most men in our time are a little better behaved that Tibbot Bourke, circa 1600 AD.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'The Fate of Shane O'Connor' 1/60 f/2.8 ISO1600 200mm
Monday, June 20. 2016
It was not meant to be a Rapid Bay night dive. It was not even meant to be a dusk dive but in the end it was a race against the light.
As our days are as short as they will be for the year it is easy to get caught out not planning an afternoon dive early enough to beat the sunset.
I remember looking up at the dappling yellow and greens of the sunset above us and we still had not found any leafy seadragons.
Then as the undersea gloom of dusk descended we found them and to our delight we found an entire family, two adults and one juvenile.
For the next 20 minutes we played in the gloom until it was too dark to focus and it was too cold to bare.
It was never the plan but in the end it was wonderful to experience the leafy's at dusk as the gloom engulfed us.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'Dusk Dragons', 1/60s f/10 ISO800 15mm
Friday, June 17. 2016
Yesterday we said our last goodbyes to an extraordinary man who in his short 51 years touched the hearts, minds and souls of everyone who came to know him.
To me, Kym was a childhood buddy, my very first real friend (not including family and neighbours), having met when we were five years old and just starting primary school.
I remember sleep-overs at his parents' home set amid the family vineyard in the little town of Rowland Flat.
I remember playing hide and seek among the vines or in one of the sheds full of strange agricultural equipment.
I remember the little creek which ran past the back of his home, catching tadpoles, falling in the water and Kym's mum giving me a dry set of his clothes to wear.
Whatever game I suggested Kym was up for and he had as many challenging games of his own including us launching off the tractor shed wearing batman suits to see who could fly the farthest.
Our lives took different directions for many years, but in the last few years I am so grateful we connected once again.
People will remember and miss Kym for many reasons. Some for his gorgeous Barossa wines, some for his love of hot-rods, some for his infectious and irreverent larrikinism and some because he had secured a special place in their hearts.
I will remember Kym as my mischievous boyhood friend from a time in our lives when we had not a care in the world, no clue about what we wanted to do and all of life was in front of us for the taking.
All of us will miss you.
Cruise on Kym Jenke, 1964-2016 and beyond ...
Photo: Robert Rath, 'Cruise On'
Monday, June 13. 2016
Back in the water, it's dropped to a chilly 15 degrees and will be heading further down from there through winter and into spring.
Despite the cold it is good to be diving again after too long on dry land and it was great to see all the usual undersea suspects again including this red sea star, Pentagonaster dubeni, on its way up this pylon to bigger and better things no doubt. A real rising star!
Rapid Bay is one of those special places that we are so fortunate to have so close to home. Sometimes I take for granted just how easy it is to drive, park and dive and grumble about how heavy my weight belt is for the short walk from car to water. Underwater though I feel nothing but privileged and gratitude to share a place human are just not supposed to be. At least not for very long anyway.
My dives will be a little shorter than usual with the cold water and my old wetsuit but the cold wont keep me away. Perhaps next dive I'll find just how far that sea star got.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'Rising Star', 1/125s f/10 ISO800 15mm
Thursday, June 9. 2016
There's a short time twenty to thirty minutes after sunset where something magical happens to Uluru.
The combination of darkening sky and the spreading yellow glow of the horizon lights the land in a deep orange glow and makes the rock look like it's glowing from within.
So many people had packed up and headed back for their evening's creature comforts.
Those they stayed after dark and until the stars came out got to see something special.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'The Rock After Dark', 2.5s f/8 ISO160 36mm
Wednesday, June 8. 2016
I remember once hearing an old Polynesian saying, 'The gods do not deduct from man's allotted span the hours spent in fishing'.
I am certain that there also exists the same grace when taking the time to watch the sun fall through the changing colours of the darkening horizon into evening twilight.
For a time we watched that golden orb descend its own diameter every couple of minutes until it kissed the land, and slid gently beneath a desert sea.
We watched the twilight fade through orange, green then to a dim violet grey before making our way down onto the now starlit plain.
Photo: Robert Rath, 'Desert Grace', 1/160s f/16 ISO160 15mm
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