You never know when you’ll be treated to one of nature’s firework displays, but last night, a calm and cool night in the harbour, we enjoyed one of the best we’ve ever seen. We took the kayak out just before high tide and paddled out down the Cut, into the main harbour. The sunset behind the hills of the sea bank was spectacular in itself, flooding the water with golden light, but the sky glow which followed was beautiful.
We sat and watched, another kayaker paddling up to join us, and took a couple of photographs. There’s no processing in the photo above, that is really how it looked, although I still find it hard to believe such colours can appear in the sky.
We had an amazing night the other night. Sunset coincided with high tide and it seemed the ideal time for a sunset kayak.
The cloud cover, however, covered the action in the sky but the stillness and calm made it just as atmospheric. As we kayaked along, a couple drinking wine on the back of their moored boat in the cut called out, “um… you have a seal behind you.” And there he was; a young harbour seal. We named him Cedric.
He had been quietly swimming behind the boat out of site just as you come out of Blakeney Harbour. As we went along he followed. We started playing games. If we sped up he would too, but then we would slam on the brakes and he would almost bump into the boat. He’d start on one side of the boat and dive and while we were looking for him he would pop up on the other side and splash us. As we kept up all the way to the sailing dinghies. We turned for home reluctantly, thinking he would continue you on to the point, but no he came back with us. All the way to the quay. At one point we paused and he came up and nosed the boat. Then he took the tip of the oar in his mouth. It was amazing. He was just out for a fun swim and we were lucky to be invited along.
I was out after dinner for a stroll down the harbour at Blakeney when I noticed the wind, which had been blowing all day from the south west, had dropped to a whisper. The pools of water left in the Cut were almost flat calm.
I hurried back home, grabbed a towel and my bike to pedal down to Cley. I arrived about 15 minutes before sunset, swam East for a while and then turned to swim back towards the setting sun in the West.
We haven’t had a calm evening like that for a long time at Cley; just perfect for swim before bedtime and watching the incredible colours as the sun dipped into the glassy water.
We are all about the sunsets this weekend! For anyone up here these last two nights we have had two amazing evenings of different types. Yesterday was all about the colour but today is all about the calm. We went out on the kayak again as high tide (another biggie, complete with submurged cars) and sunset were within 15 min of each other. So, just to relive the moment, here are a few memories.