Tuesday, November 21, 2006


I went snorkeling at Gordon's Bay on Sunday, which is only 10 minutes from my house. It was a very warm day, but a little overcast. Some friends had been snorkeling before me, and were egging me on to go in, but I was having a little moan that the water would be too cold, and I was thinking 'I don't want to go in, leave me alone!'. I did however make the effort, and after an initial wince, the water was very warm, and I slipped immediately into another world of quite and calm.

I came across a little school of baby squid, all speckled pink and brown. I followed them around, observing the way in which they swam, and I tried to do the same, but was mostly unsuccessful. One of them glanced sideways at me, and I am pretty sure if it had an eyebrow, it would have raised it. Three smallish fish, black and yellow stripey things, darted up from the seaweedy forest below and circled the baby squid, who reacted by squirting out little clouds of dark ink, which hung in the water and formed shapes almost identical to themselves. The fish instead then went for the inky ghosts and came away with nought but sepia lips, whilst the babies made a speedy getaway.

If I hadn't have gone in, I wouldn't have been witness to this spectacle. I pondered it for a while and realized how very lucky I am, and also how one almost always gains something from doing something that one might not really have wanted to do, just because one 'couldn't be bothered'. There are so many awe-inspiring and beautiful things in the universe. If only we would see them. Sometimes there seems to be so much doom or negativity or personal struggle, but we are all very lucky to be here. There is so much to see, and sometimes when everything may seem against you, it is still wonderful enough just to be alive.

This picture has absolutely nothing to do with what I just said, other than when I was wondering around on a rainy day in Hamilton, NZ wandering why I was there, I found this, and was again happy and grateful.

Have a wonderful day!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Pod!

"and sometimes when everything may seem against you, it is still wonderful enough just to be alive"

So lovely and so right!

My heart jumped when I clicked onto your blog and was that photo too!


8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a lucky boy Pod.

9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooooh yes, that was just what I needed. Wish I had read it yesterday - although perhaps you hadn't written it then so it might have been a bit tricky.

Ooooh and there is Donna again! Still looking very sexy.

And my beautiful beautiful Trac.

You are wonderful Pod. And such a cute kitten!


12:54 AM  
Blogger SimonHolyHoses said...

Pod, that was a really cracking post, matey. Ace picky - I like zebras for a start - but more than that, you're so right about the world. It's spellbinding, and it's there. Better than any magic or special effect.

You just have to be prepared to put your coat on and step out into the cold.

2:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will you be showing us a pic of your cute kitten here at all Pod?


4:12 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Pod, what a great post - both the photo and the story. I want to print it out and keep it as a reminder. A terrific message.

I am not getting baited into talking about kittens again, however. :)

4:34 AM  
Blogger First Nations said...

excellent, excellent!
*wild applause, much throwing of roses*
what a great post! thank you!

10:13 AM  
Blogger heatherpink said...

this is a beautiful photo...i love the reflecion on the water.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful uplifting post. Thanks for sharing it.

I laughed out loud when you spoke of the water critter that would have raised his eyebrow if he had eyebrows. LOL

The zebra photo is cool. I like the reflection in the water.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Inconsequential said...

the zebra has a long run ahead of him/her...

beware the lions.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Run zebra! Run!...
I like it... Simple and strong!
Powerfull in her essence.

8:46 PM  
Blogger selana18 said...

Your photo is beautiful but maybe doesn't have an interesting story to show but all your post is perfect.This is a philosophy to my life

10:01 PM  
Blogger Pod said...

TRAC - ;0) oh and dont be rude!!

DONNA - we is all lucky dons

TESS - ya big flirt ;0P

SIMON - or take your clothes off and step out into the heat.....

STEVE - pleased you liked it. yes, dont succumb to kitten talk. those naughty ladies!

FN - great to see you again. thanks heaps. get well soon!

HEATHER - woops, nearly called you heater then. thanks for popping by!

FAYE - i had a giggle at your turkey too!

INC - thanks for the warning ;0)

EARITH - good to see you

SELANA - its a good philosophy to live by hey?

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Blogger ben huff said...

what a wonderful photo..i can't stop looking at it!

your words are so lyrical and true. i celebrate Thanksgiving here tomorrow with my family- i will, no doubt, think of your words then. thank you.

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8:45 PM  
Blogger ramblingwoman said...

lovely zebra! Your eyes must rove all round the place as you are walking around the place Pod - bit like those squids! In a parallel universe they might have taken a picture of you and posted it on their blog!

11:40 PM  
Blogger Pod said...

BEN - cheers for that. tis a pleasure. have a great thanksgiving ok ;0)

LETTY - ;0p

RW - yes i definitely have a roving eye, not always on the right thing! ha ha, yes, i would love to see their squidy post on me. how funny x

7:03 AM  
Anonymous jazzy said...

that was a wonderful day Pod, thanks for sharing =)

2:18 AM  
Blogger SimonHolyHoses said...

or take your clothes off and step out into the heat.....

How right you are Pod, how right you are.

12:07 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

JAZZY - tis nought but a pleasure

SIMON - yes, so let go of your helmet and get that bloody great coat off!

7:55 AM  
Blogger Ratzfatz said...

Hey pod ...

thanks for visting my blog! You have very nice fotos en your blog!!! They are great ...

9:10 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

RATZ - thanks. same same

11:36 AM  
Blogger Da Nator said...

Lovely post. I get this experience every time I snorkel, which is why I'm planning on learning SCUBA. It's a world of wonder down there, just under the surface. And how lucky you are, indeed, to live somewhere where you can visit it often!

Wonderful photo, too. If it was on Flickr, it would be one of my top faves.

Thanks for brightening my day! :o)

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Blogger Pod said...

DA NATOR - ooh you look scary in your pic weilding your big sword! i am a diver too, so i can only recommend learing to scuba. it is amazing, if not a little cumbersome. pleased to have brightened your day. maybe i should use flickr too? see you soon!

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