The ocean has been on its Sunday best behaviour today. No bashing, crashing and splashing. The clouds with legs marched past on the far distant horizon with gently rolling waves and a light breeze. This means I’ve had to work hard for every mile today, and my body is feeling tired, but it has made a very pleasant change to have life on board so comfortable.
I was pushing on today, trying to get out of this pesky south-flowing current and into a more helpful north-flowing one. I should be in it by now, but the GPS readings would suggest otherwise. I’ve had to take the latitude and longitude off the chart to conceal my position, but you get the general idea.
Currents can have a major impact on my direction and progress, yet they are invisible and fluctuate daily. It’s no different from normal human life, when we spend much of our time operating blindly in the midst of the ebb and flow of invisible energies that change constantly, able to sense when we are fighting the current but with not much idea when or if it is going to change direction and give us a helping hand. The currents I have to deal with are just slightly more literal.
Further to yesterday’s blog on “The Power of One”, here is a quote I found today, contributed a while ago by Dean, that seems relevant.
“I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.” (Helen Keller)
I’m continuing to do my bit of cloud-ology each day for the NASA S’COOL project. Twice a day I have an excuse to down oars, as I take observations and a photo of the clouds from beneath, as one of the NASA satellites records data from above. It makes a nice little break in the day, and hopefully contributes some useful data from a rather unusual location.
The prize for today’s prettiest cloud goes to this very attractive kind of corkscrew-effect cloud, with its own little mini-me alongside. Not quite sure how you’d categorise it – a cumulus with a cirrus on top? Doug – maybe you can offer a suggestion?
Nancy Reidy-Crofts, Michael Dickman, Ugo Pistacchio, John Miller, Rowan Eastwood, Joseph Kendall. Michael Guy, Ian Wilkie, Cynthia Ford – thanks for sponsoring Roz to row these miles.
PS from Rita: I have become aware of the problem with the Sponsor page by Nomaddica and have sent a message to the person responsible for setting it up. Hope it will be resolved soon.