The past few weeks, once more,
We’ve had to make a dash
Towards the glass front door
When whale tails make a splash.

Whale Watching Weather

Whale Watching Weather

And when the winds do blow
It is quite hard indeed
A breaking wave to know –
Or whale come up to speed! 

They jump up in the air
And come down with a smack;
To click a shutter, there,
The timing for I lack! 

A dozen whales may be
Out there within our sight;
I wish that I could see
When they’ll be taking flight!

Top right - just a bit bottom wrong!

Top right – just a bit bottom wrong!

One aims right for the spot
One hopes where they will rise,
And takes a frantic shot –
But, ‘Missed!’ is no surprise! 😦 

© Colonialist June 2013 (WordPress)

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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  1. The Asian says:

    I’d stalk you to find out where you live so I could get that view! Watch out when I go to KZN at the end of July 😉
    As for the whales, I think they might be a bit shy and prefer not to be caught on candid camera


  2. zirkie says:

    You have a great view Col!


  3. hahaha wonderful words 🙂 I know where you’re coming from, having been whale watching and trying to take photos – might have been better if I’d left the camera at home and just focused on watching the whales 😉


  4. adinparadise says:

    Well at least you tried to catch them at it, Col. I find it difficult to photograph surfers riding a wave. I’m just not quick enough, and before I get the pic, they’ve fallen off their board. 🙂


  5. bulldog says:

    Been there done that Col… all I’ve ever captured is the splash after the fact…


  6. optie says:

    Oh you lucky man, I’d never get any work done with a show like that outside my window 🙂


  7. I tried whale watching when I was in Durban and didn’t see any 😦


  8. Grannymar says:

    I wouldn’t mind seeing that spectacle, but from inside the window!


  9. 68ghia says:

    That must have been quite the spectacle Col 🙂


  10. WoW! that must be wonderful!


  11. Sonel says:

    That must be one glorious sight indeed Col…to watch those big beauties. I am sure the kids enjoyed it just as much. Thanks for the lovely rhyme and for sharing. 😀 *hugs*


  12. Eha says:

    ‘Tis our ‘season’ also: thank you for printing photos of the wonder of it all . . .


  13. nrhatch says:

    Very cool! We get excited like that when we spot dolphins or manatees. And also when we spot sharks and alligators . . . but for a slightly different reason. 😉


  14. newsferret says:

    Same situation here 😦


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  17. cobbies69 says:

    I like the style and my type.. love it 😉


  18. Now I am incredibly envious, Col. Whales out of the window. I cannot even imagine that happening on our south coast.


    • colonialist says:

      It can provide quite a distraction – partcularly when they come really close in! If I glimpse one through the small section of glass door visible from my study, writing tends to get abandoned!


      • I’m not surprised. Some things are more important than writing. I remember as a head teacher in Port Isaac, North Cornwall, someone running into Reception and shouting “Mrs Shrewsday, Mrs Shrewsday, there’s basking sharks at the bottom of the cliffs!” and we all shot out, locked up the school (the kids had just gone home) and went down there to watch.


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