Monday, September 14, 2009

Whale Watching Anniversary

Seventeen years married was celebrated this past Saturday by taking a whale-watching tour out of Campbell River. What a beautiful day out on the water!

This was a little video I took near the end of the afternoon as we encountered a playful group of Pacific white-sided dolphins for the third time that day. There must have been at least forty of them, puffing and whistling and playing all around us, jumping and feeding and sliding under our boat to look up at us through the water with bright eyes that looked both intelligent and mischievous.

Seven years ago, for our tenth anniversary, Jeff and I rented a kayak near April Point Lodge on Quadra Island,and had the thrilling experience of an orca whale rocketing through the water past our little boat, its giant fin and broad shiny back glistening in the sun. I have no pictures of that, but that moment in time has been replayed over and over in my head.

Whales are just magical. When I see them in nature, I feel some tug on my heart that is hard to explain.

On Saturday, when the tail of a humpback whale broke the surface of the water before its deep dive, that moment will also be part of me forever. Nobody snapped a picture because sometimes all you can do is stare in wonder, caught in a moment, and then it is gone.I think a memory like this is one of the best anniversary presents ever.


Pol* said...

I was thinking of you on my anniversary too. Your wedding day was so wonderful and has a special place in my heart.

Your 17th sounds like a great time. I have never seen dolphins nor humpbacks in the open sea, but I did see some orcas hunting in Nanaimo harbour up close from the low deck of the Gabriola ferry. It was awe inspiring the way they used obvious strategy to corral and capture their prey. It was cooperative and impressive.

Dolphins would be fantastic to see.

Say Hi to your terrific man for me.

kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

Happy anniversary! To share your day with whales -- that sounds positively blissful!

BostonPobble said...

Happy Anniversary! And what a wonderful gathering you had to celebrate it.

Gigi said...

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