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Reading Timelessness

Reading Timelessness

Last summer during my solo I began to read differently. Instead of looking at numbers on timepieces like my iphone or reading online weather reports, I always enjoy reading nature's signs.

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 25-30 knot easterly wind gusts between the Exumas and Nassau are a fairly obvious sign about which direction and courses are most favorable.

25-30 knot easterly wind gusts between the Exumas and Nassau are a fairly obvious sign about which direction and courses are most favorable.

My daily nature readings were more like waking moments. Like those moments between an AM eye-opening and I AM aware of being awake. Rather than reading a page, I was reading a sky, feeling a wind’s intensity, scanning the horizon, witnessing the waves; sensing the movement of the boat, checking its position relative to where it was when I fell asleep. But these are only the preliminary scans. I am reading myself energy as well as my observations. When thoughts and ideas start to form and an awareness or sequence, order to my doing and being. I scrapped timepieces and based my living on what nature communicated. Nature and my to germinate nature's dictatation starts to direct my activities. I start living in alignment as I become ware of her messages and their meaning. My translation and interpretation of Nature rarely leads me astray as into some foreboding bay.  Their meaning often seems so clear to me.

     A break in the 20+ southeasterly winds at Southside Marina in Turks and Caicos.

    A break in the 20+ southeasterly winds at Southside Marina in Turks and Caicos.

    These are forces and their variables often speak to me as I sail:

    • Waters - (color, depth, surface conditions, current) 
    • Waves - (their size, shape, length, direction, mixture)
    • Winds - (direction, intensity, fluctuations, forecast)
    • Land - (location, distance, shape, protection, safety)
    • Tides - (timing, direction, speed, changes, position, force, speed)
    • Clouds - (changes, shape, altitude, direction) 
    • Sun - (intensity, cloud cover, time of day)
    • Temperature change - (heat index, change, impact 
    • Moon - (shape, size, time of month)
     Red sky at night - sailors' delight!

    Red sky at night - sailors' delight!

     THere is still life amongst this fan coral, but the white decay covers much of the bottom in this reef south of Bimini in the Bahamas.

    THere is still life amongst this fan coral, but the white decay covers much of the bottom in this reef south of Bimini in the Bahamas.

     This coral bed was a reminder what too much eagerness does when deeper water is straight ahead. Another example where a straight course often takes longer much longer to travel than making the necessary at the right turn and time.

    This coral bed was a reminder what too much eagerness does when deeper water is straight ahead. Another example where a straight course often takes longer much longer to travel than making the necessary at the right turn and time.

     Near Rudder Cut Cay in the Exumas is this undercutting near a cave which suggests the tidal height as well as the power and effect of hundreds of years of water, wave and wind erosions.

    Near Rudder Cut Cay in the Exumas is this undercutting near a cave which suggests the tidal height as well as the power and effect of hundreds of years of water, wave and wind erosions.

     The strong flooding current at Warderick Wells becomes a fun-hanging/holding-on sport for three of the Roldans. The power of this current has cut out a unique anchorage and ideal spot for boats.

    The strong flooding current at Warderick Wells becomes a fun-hanging/holding-on sport for three of the Roldans. The power of this current has cut out a unique anchorage and ideal spot for boats.

     Near Soldier Cay and O'Brien's Cay in the Exumas is a natural marine  aquarium; ideal for fish and family to frolic.

    Near Soldier Cay and O'Brien's Cay in the Exumas is a natural marine  aquarium; ideal for fish and family to frolic.

     Baby shrimp cover Pascal's wetsuit after he cleaned  Mystique's  two hulls in Sint Maarten.

    Baby shrimp cover Pascal's wetsuit after he cleaned Mystique's two hulls in Sint Maarten.

     The pirates lair on the southern part of Warderick Wells was the perfect hideout centuries ago. A jungle clearing, water in a cistern nearby and protected water with strong currents. The pirates had great visibility; all around made a great lookout for spotting ships.

    The pirates lair on the southern part of Warderick Wells was the perfect hideout centuries ago. A jungle clearing, water in a cistern nearby and protected water with strong currents. The pirates had great visibility; all around made a great lookout for spotting ships.

     The wind directions' had some impact on these branches as they emerge from the hardened coral ground.  Nature's sculptures!

    The wind directions' had some impact on these branches as they emerge from the hardened coral ground.  Nature's sculptures!

    I also wrote about timelessness during last summer's solo - Spending Daylight Savings

    Miami Skyline

    Miami Skyline

    Jarring Judgements

    Jarring Judgements