19 November 2014

Loutraki: A walk around the harbour


The harbour, Loutraki
The harbour, Loutraki

 
After a week of dull, cloudy days, the sun has returned to Loutraki.

I shall take a walk to the harbour, my favourite place in our little town.

Here I can watch the fishing boats returning with their catch and chat with the friendly fishermen, sometimes even share their tasty mid-morning snacks.

The sea is magnificent in any season, in any weather and at any time of day but her beauty is shown at its best in sunlight.

  The rays of light turn into diamonds, sparkling on the surface of the water.



Sparkling sea
Sparkling sea


"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever"
Jacques Yves Cousteau



The sea, the deep blue sea
The sea, the deep blue sea


 “The sea! the sea! the open sea!, The blue, the fresh, the ever free!”
  Bryan W. Procter



Loutraki harbour
Loutraki harbour


 “In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans”
Kahlil Gibran



Sail away
Sail away



“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore”
 Andre Gide




Mending fishing nets
Mending fishing nets


“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.”
Vincent Van Gogh



Fishing boats
Fishing boats



  "There are many good fishermen and some great ones. But there is only one you." 
Ernest Hemingway: "The old man and the sea"




Sailing
Sailing


"Hark, now hear the sailors cry,
smell the sea, and feel the sky
let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic..."
Van Morrison  "Into The Mystic"



Boats at anchor
Boats at anchor


"To reach a port we must set sail, not tie at anchor, sail, not drift."

Franklin D. Roosevelt 



Coming home
Coming home



 “To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim–the rocks–the motion of the waves–the ships, with men in them, What stranger miracles are there?”
Walt Whitman



Sit a while in thought
Sit a while in thought


. “We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came…”
John F. Kennedy




Jelly fish
Jelly fish


 “There is the life of the plankton in almost endless variety; there are the many kinds of fish, both surface and bottom living; there are the hosts of different invertebrate creatures on the sea-floor; and there are those almost grotesque forms of pelagic life in the oceans depths. Then there are the squids and cuttlefish, and the porpoises, dolphins and great whales.”
Sir Alister Hardy


Sea urchins on the rocks
Sea urchins on the rocks

“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”
David Lynch


Once I saw a fish alive
Once I saw a fish alive


To Atthis


My Atthis, although our dear Anaktoria
lives in distant Sardis,
she thinks of us constantly, and

of the life we shared in days when for her
you were a splendid goddess,
and your singing gave her deep joy.


Now she shines among Lydian women as
when the red-fingered moon
rises after sunset, erasing

stars around her, and pouring light equally
across the salt sea
and over densely flowered fields;

and lucent dew spreads on the earth to quicken
roses and fragile thyme
and the sweet-blooming honey-lotus.


Now while our darling wanders she thinks of
lovely Atthis's love,
and longing sinks deep in her breast.


She cries loudly for us to come!  We hear,
for the night's many tongues
carry her cry across the sea.

Sappho


4 comments:

  1. The walk around your harbour feels so much warmer than here! There was a wonderful sunrise over the sea as I made my way to work this morning. I wish I had the camera! I enjoyed all those lovely sea quotes.Sarah x

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    1. I imagine it was Just a bit warmer Sarah!
      The times that I have wished I had my camera with me to catch those "one off" moments!
      It was hard to choose the sea quotes; there are so many beautiful ones.
      Susan.x
      xxx

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  2. loved the photos and the sea quotes !! xx

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  3. Always love photographs of the sea!
    The quotes: there are hundreds about the sea,I could read them forever!
    Susan.x

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