Eppie’s Sailboat Image

emerging from a sea of snow

“For me what is appealing about this image is how the snow is so much like the sea (even if in some more solid form – more than froth, less than ice)… it’s like the boat has been tossed around in the waves of a storm… but it is not a scary feeling, filled with apprehension about survival… more like feeling completely alive, embracing life fully… because there seems to be a clear direction in where it is going, with the confidence of an expert, managing to overcome immediate difficulties and forging directly ahead towards its goal, whatever that may be… and as the rational mind analyses the photo, seeing it for what it really is, it is like emerging from one realm, and getting ready to enter another… like waking up from a dream and realizing that life is so exciting and I am just sitting here, in the midst of this solid and still structural reality of the physical world… and suddenly I am ready to launch myself into the next stage in this dynamic life where everything is beginning once again to flow. I don’t know if I make sense. In any case, this photo feels so dynamic to me, despite its stillness.”
Eppie is a Flickr friend of mine. I value the way she sees the world and her exquisite words.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Richard
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 04:48:45

    I think I’d be getting the snow off of and out of that boat a.s.a.p… Frozen water will kill a vessel in no time.. And get a tarp on it to keep it out..


  2. brittrunyon
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 05:09:01

    It’s all H2O………..& always dynamic………


  3. Richard
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 16:47:00


    What’s really “dynamic”— is how much water expands when frozen.. And another “dynamic”— is how much destruction took place due to that “frozen H2O”.. ..

    Oh, and how much all of that “dynamic”—- is gonna cost you to fix in the spring—in order to keep your vessel seaworthy for a “Santa Fe to Key West Voyage”..


    • s/v Paradox
      Nov 05, 2011 @ 18:46:07

      Richard, This vessel is not mine. This photo was taken by my friend Eppie. She shot it in Canada….. My sailboat is getting her bottom painted in Albuquerque where it is still fairly warm. When finished she will come up to Santa Fe and be ready to load up and trailer down to Florida the first week in Jan. Thanks for your comments. I hope you stay tuned in to our blog for the whole journey.


      • Richard
        Nov 06, 2011 @ 05:15:30

        Glad to hear it’s not yours.. Question: Why trailer your boat to the Keys..?? If your in Albuquerque, Why not drop her in on the east coast of Texas..?? Would save you a small fortune in gas and traffic hassels and you can sail to the Keys from there.. Tex., La., Ala., Miss., coastlines are beautiful and the west coast of Fla. is the bomb, too..

  4. s/v Paradox
    Nov 07, 2011 @ 08:29:19

    Hello Richard, thanks for your comment. It is a good idea – however not with this first mate, I am afraid. My Danish Viking blood has thinned out, check out My Water Biography. I am looking forward to sailing in the warm waters of the Keys – kinda Key hopping 🙂
    Stay tuned, Hanne.


    • Richard
      Nov 07, 2011 @ 15:48:21

      Hi Hanne,

      I very much enjoyed your bio.. (yes, I did read it..!!).. Viking Blood thinned—-NEVER..!! There’s no such thing.. .. .. “Viking’s spanned from “Thor’s Hammer” will always Viking’s be..!!”

      So, your Capt. stays “very coastal”.. Never ventures too far offshore.. Also, sails alot thru the Intercoastal Waterways to get you from Texas to the Fla. Keys.. If you can sail a lake, you can sail a “waterway” thru all of the above mentioned States.. And occasionally scooting thru a pass to go 3,4,5 miles offshore (you can still see land..!!)—oh, what a “moral booster that will be for you..!! And, wow—what an experience to sail “truly” from Sante Fe to Fla. Keys.. (well, kinda.. Tex. to Fla. Keys)

      Remember those who have gone before us.. Winston Churchill: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself..” .. .. And the Good Book: “Fear not, for I am with thee always..”

      There’s nothing wrong with fear or being scared, we all are at one time or another..But, don’t let fear stop you from “progressing” in life, or, stop you from having the “time of your life”..!!



      • s/v Paradox
        Nov 08, 2011 @ 11:08:40

        Hej Richard,
        Thank you for reading my water bio 🙂 Hmmmm….once a Viking always a Viking, I will remember that! Thank you also for your advice and quotes – good to know that someone is watching over me. I will keep you posted about this new and exciting adventure with my captain Ross – sailing from Santa Fe to Key West.
        Take care, Hanne

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