As the ferry ploughed the still water of the Northumberland Strait, on the crossing from Wood Holes on Prince Edward Island to Pictou in Nova Scotia, it cast curtains of foam-flecked swell to port and starboard, and the vibrations from the engines sent millions of micro-ripples across the smooth surface into the distance.
Click on the pictures to enlarge them and see details such as the vibration ripples from the ship’s engines.
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Oddly peaceful, considering the cause of the ripples. Very hypnotic standing on a boat staring at them.
Hypnotic to a certain degree 😳 – until the sea-sickness kicks in! 😨
Very true. We were always told in cars as children to look at the horizon, not things close by, so the same probably applies on a boat.
Yes, the same thing applies in boats. However, when it comes to taking photographs, it is amazing how much nausea you can overcome in the cause. A long time ago I went out on a boat near Cape Cod to watch humpback whales. I felt alright as long as the boat was moving but once it cut the engines to pull alongside a female and her calf, the boat immediately began to roll, which together with the diesel fumes instantly brought on extreme sickness, but I wasn’t going to miss out on the chance to get some shots and sat on the deck, clinging to the rails, to get the photographs. A truly memorable moment.
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What a beautiful blog, informative and full of fine nature photographs. I hope my website may attain a similar quality. I’d be delighted to exchange links between our websites if you’d like to do that.
Thank you for your comments, Ian. Good luck with your new book and website.