Early Birds

The Early Bird catches the worm; so goes an old saying.

In the middle of the Bay of Biscay it’s a little hard to catch a worm, but as reward for early rising and also not drawing the cabin curtains, I was able to see something very special.

I was disturbed from a very nice sleep by the light of a full moon shining brightly into my cabin window. It was 04:30 local. Lying in bed pondering whether to turn over and sleep on, it suddenly struck me that I really should get up and watch the moon set into the Atlantic Ocean and if I was very lucky I might also see the sun rise up as well!

Yeah, I know, crazy, but hey…I got the worm and saw the beauty of our solar system working right before my eyes.

On the Starboard side of the ship, that’s the right to land-based folk, I watched the moon sink slowly beneath the waves and at the same time, sure enough, the sun rose out of the Eastern horizon!

It was beauty beyond words, a little less cloud in the East would have been even better, but I’m really not complaining at all.

As far as I could tell, I was the only person on deck to enjoy this cosmic show and that’s pretty mind blowing when you think how far that light had travelled to be seen by only me! (93,000,000 miles from the sun and 250,000 miles from the moon, to be exact!)

As the book says,
“Don’t Panic!”

Catch you soon,


Photo101:Mystery & Lighting Effects

Very early this morning, whilst walking our dogs at Dookes H.Q. I was treated to the wonderful spectacle of sunrise.

I watched the golden fireball of the sun slowly rise above the horizon, casting it’s light across the frozen ground and creating a stunning light effect. It was definitely going to be a very nice day, even though at that hour the temperature was hovering around zero degrees celsius.

It struck me that we take a lot of things for granted in our modern age; we know why the sun rises and sets every day, we understand the phases of the moon, the tides of the sea and even our weather.

For the ancients, all these things were a Mystery and none more so than the Sun.

Our local star has been worshiped as a deity, feared as a demon, adored as the Earth’s Mother and even held in awe as the spirits of the ancestors, amongst many other beliefs.

It is as fundamental now to our own very existence, our past and our future as it was in those ancient times. In many ways, to most of us it still remains an untouchable enigma, a Mystery.IMG_0050




“Turn you face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” – Maori proverb.


PS I couldn’t choose which shot I like most, so I posted four!