A Weekend Diary

…words and images from England's green and pleasant land…

Southsea on a sunny Sunday afternoon…

Approaching Canoe Lake, near Southsea seafront...

Approaching Canoe Lake, near Southsea seafront…

[ISO 160, 5mm, f3.4, 1/500, AWB]

Canoe Lake, Southsea, from beneath the shade of a tree

Canoe Lake, Southsea, from beneath the shade of a tree

[ISO 160, 16mm, f4.5, 1/1000, AWB]

A swan, one of many on Canoe Lake...

A swan, one of many on Canoe Lake…

[ISO 160, 21mm, f4.5, 1/1000, AWB]

The Swan

This laboring of ours with all that remains undone,
as if still bound to it,
is like the lumbering gait of the swan.

And then our dying—releasing ourselves
from the very ground on which we stood—
is like the way he hesitantly lowers himself

into the water. It gently receives him,
and, gladly yielding, flows back beneath him,
as wave follows wave,
while he, now wholly serene and sure,
with regal composure,
allows himself to glide.

(translation by Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows)

Rainer Maria Rilke

Strolling along the seafront...

Strolling along the seafront…

[ISO 160, 51mm, f8, 1/1250, AWB]

Rocks and waves...

Rocks and waves…

[ISO 160, 20mm, f4.5, 1/400, AWB]

Young man sea watching...

Young man sea watching…

[ISO 160, 24mm, f5.6, 1/1250, AWB]

Looking eastwards towards South Parade Pier...

Looking eastwards towards South Parade Pier…

[ISO 80, 14mm, f4.5, 1/800, AWB]

Looking westwards along the seafront...

Looking westwards along the seafront…

[ISO 100, 12mm, f8, 1/2000, AWB]

Looking weswards towards Portsmouth Harbour...

Looking weswards towards Portsmouth Harbour…

[ISO 125, 12mm, f4, 1/500, AWB]

A small boat in the distance...

A small boat in the distance…

[ISO 80, 51mm, f5.6, 1/640, AWB]

A flower and some feathers...

A flower and some feathers…

[ISO 160, 5mm, f3.4, 1/640, AWB]

A pathway through trees...

A pathway through trees…

[ISO 160, 6mm, f3.5, 1/640, AWB]

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