“All I ask is a tall ship”

Well, my request was granted! As part of the International Fleet Review, a number of tall ships arrived in Sydney on 3 October – including ‘Lord Nelson’, on which I first sailed in 1994.

I was going to crop my feet out of this photo, but who could resist polka-dotted sneakers?

I was going to crop my feet out of this photo, but who could resist polka-dotted sneakers?

The bow of 'Europa' (in Greek myth, Europa was Phoenician princess abducted by Zeus who appeared as a white bull).

The bow of ‘Europa’ (in Greek myth, Europa was Phoenician princess abducted by Zeus who appeared as a white bull).

A forest of masts ('Europa' and 'James Craig').

A forest of masts (‘Europa’ and ‘James Craig’).

The crew on 'Oosterschelde' seem, uh, interesting.

The crew on ‘Oosterschelde’ seem, uh, interesting.

This little yacht is definitely not a tall ship, but I loved the 'paint dribble' of its mast's reflection.

This little yacht is definitely not a tall ship, but I loved the ‘paint dribble’ of its mast’s reflection.

Broken gangway on 'Lord Nelson'. Fix it, or go to the pub? Tough call.

Broken gangway on ‘Lord Nelson’. Fix it, or go to the pub? Tough call.

Helicopter and ginormous Australian White Ensign, seen behind 'Lord Nelson'.

Helicopter and ginormous Australian White Ensign, seen behind ‘Lord Nelson’.

Traditional wooden pins, and not-so-traditional life rings and lifeboat canisters ('Coral Trekker').

Traditional wooden pins, and not-so-traditional life rings and lifeboat canisters (‘Coral Trekker’).

Railing and shrouds, 'Lady Nelson'.

Railing and shrouds, ‘Lady Nelson’.

The folded spanker on 'Lady Nelson' reminds me of curls of white chocolate.

The folded spanker on ‘Lady Nelson’ reminds me of curls of white chocolate.

Bananas and apples taking the air on the stern of 'Picton Castle'.

Bananas and apples taking the air on the stern of ‘Picton Castle’.

Mirror, mirror on the wall . . .

Mirror, mirror on the wall . . .

Between a block and a baggywrinkle. (And no, I didn't make that up! A baggywrinkle, usually made from teased-apart rope, is used to prevent a sail from chafing against the rigging.)

Between a block and a baggywrinkle. (And no, I didn’t make that up! A baggywrinkle, usually made from teased-apart rope, is used to prevent a sail from chafing against the rigging.)

Mooring line on bollard.

Mooring line on bollard.

Life ring (and 'Nellie').

Life ring (and ‘Nellie’).

Foremast of 'James Craig'.

Foremast of ‘James Craig’.

Sunset over Sydney, seen from the bowsprit of 'Lord Nelson'.

Sunset over Sydney, seen from the bowsprit of ‘Lord Nelson’.

This being Sydney, fireworks were compulsory.

This being Sydney, fireworks were compulsory.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

This challenge is a paradox for me in that it is easy, but hard! Easy, because to me, the sea means only thing: tall ship sailing. Hard, because I have so many sailing photos to choose from! A sea that is placid, reflective, azure against a cerulean sky; or a sea that is angry and threatening, invigorating yet terrifying at the same time? I’ve gone for somewhere between the two. We were in a Force 8 (ie, with winds of 40 knots and waves about 6 metres high) when I took this photo (it reached Force 10 a few hours later). Every time we rolled to leeward, water rushed onto the deck through the scuppers and over the rail. (The rail, by the way, is normally about 4 metres above the sea.)

Tenacious, mid-Atlantic, Force 8.

Tenacious, mid-Atlantic, Force 8.

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Back to the sea

I’ve taken my inspiration for this Sunday Stills challenge (Backs of Things) from the sea. Come to think of it, it’s remarkable that I’ve been doing this blog for five weeks and not yet inflicted any tall ship sailing photos on the unsuspecting denizens of WordPress!

The back of the sails on the foremast, and the back of a bosun’s mate. (Tenacious, the Atlantic Ocean, 2006)

The back of the sails on the foremast, and the back of a bosun’s mate. (Tenacious, the Atlantic Ocean, 2006)

The back of the masts, the back of the yards, and the backs of the crew harbour stowing the main course. (Lord Nelson, the Indian Ocean, 2013)

The back of the masts, the back of the yards, and the backs of the crew who are harbour-stowing the main course. (Lord Nelson, the Indian Ocean, 2013)

About these ships:UK-based Jubilee Sailing Trust owns and operates SV Tenacious and STS Lord Nelson. They are the world’s only tall ships designed to be sailed by a crew of mixed physical ability. If you live in Australia, New Zealand or Halifax (Canada), you can catch Lord Nelson on her epic round-the-world voyage.
Click here for dates and locations.

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Travel Album: Kerala (India)

A few days in Kerala

Thanks again to Noel for inviting me to participate in Travel Photo Mondays. My photo blog has been up for only a few weeks, so I have no travel-related posts yet – but I certainly have no shortage of travel-related photos, and I’m always glad to share them! (Just ask my long-suffering family and friends.) Here are some images from a trip to Kochi (Cochin) and Kerala, India, in April this year.

Woman washing clothes in a stream, Kerala backwaters

Woman washing clothes in a stream,
Kerala backwaters

Man fishing from the bank, Kerala backwaters

Man fishing from the bank, Kerala backwaters

Inside a factory where they turn clam shells into powered lime (by hand), Kerala backwaters

Inside a factory where they turn clam shells into powered lime (by hand), Kerala backwaters

The window of a spice shop, Kochi

The window of a spice shop, Kochi

Men hauling in nets on a fishing vessel, Kochi

Men hauling in nets on a fishing vessel, Kochi

Goddess and oil lamps, Ginger House, Kochi

Goddess and oil lamps, Ginger House, Kochi

This poem is an installation left from the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2012, on a former warehouse in Kochi

This poem is an installation left from the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2012, on a former warehouse in Kochi

I arrived in Kochi by sea, on a tall ship called Lord Nelson. We had sailed from Durban in South Africa,
a voyage of seven weeks through both storm and calm. As we passed this building,
I was moved by the sentiments of journey, loss and separation expressed in these few words.
Chinese fishing nets, Kochi

Chinese fishing nets, Kochi

The waterway from the Laccadive Sea into Vembanad Lake,
around which Kochi clusters, is lined with these Chinese fishing nets, simple yet ingenious.
A net is lowered into the water and lifted again by a series of weights and levers.
Chinese fishing nets, Kochi

Chinese fishing nets, Kochi

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