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Some Days are Diamonds

That was a line from that great John Denver song, dealing with how his world was treating him after his breakup with Annie, the love of his life.  The second half of the lyric was "Some days are Stones".  A  lot of people with bipolar disorder have adopted that line to describe their life...

Well, luckily, Rox and I seem to be having a pretty good string of "Diamond" days, and do not seem to be affected by the "Stone" days...I say this, because last Tuesday was definitely a "Diamond" or all Diamond days...

To begin with, we woke up feeling great, the dawn was turning the ocean clouds in front of us, a pastel kind of lavender.  Sunrises for us are the opposite of our dramatic sunsets (much more than the obvious), and they tend to  be mellow, subdued colors that move slowly thru a bluer side of the color spectrum, while you've seen our sunsets that just knock your socks off with bright reds, yellows and oranges...

Well Tuesday morning was just such a nice mellow sunrise, we had our coffee and just sort of watched as a sleepy environment  woke up from a nice evening's sleep.  We had checked our email, and discovered that everything, business wise, was going smoothly and proceeding better than expected.   If things progress nicely along those fronts, they will be subjects of this blog later...

Then Rox took a walk down to Montanita and back (6 km), where she had found a magnificent sand dollar just waiting to be picked up.  Well, sand dollars here are twice as big as the ones that used to litter the beach in Santa Cruz, but they are way more rare.  In our six months of walking on the beach, we have seen three.  Every time we have picked one up and brought it home, we seem to have had a really good day.  The last time we found one, was the day Rox discovered our beach house...

Here's a look at it...notice the glasses for size comparison...Sand%20dollar%20good.jpg

 

The rest of the morning was spent cooling it, and discussing what we had planned for the next several weeks...we studied our Spanish in the hopes that we will someday be more proficient.  We never feel that we can't get our point across anymore, we are just very awkward at it.  Little by little we are getting the hang of the lingo, but it seems that the more we learn, the more we see that we also must know...

Anyway, after lunch, we are sitting on the deck watching the building next door, come down slowly by hand, when I exclaim excitedly to Rox "There's something out there in the surf!".

I grab the binoculars (Thanks again Rich and Nancy) and I see a bunch of dorsal fins and scream out "Sharks"!!!  I don't know whether or not I have ever seen a shark outside one of those huge aquariums, but these were really big dorsal fins, and it was exciting to see.

However, we both realized at once, that these "sharks" were acting really weird--they were swimming, not in a stealthy straight-ahead fashion, but in a "bucking bronco" type of movement.  Well, duh, we both exclaimed "Dolphins"!!!  And they were...This group consisted of about 20 dolphins covering about a space 50 yards wide and 200 yards long.  We could count them because, all of a sudden they began to put on quite a show.  They were leaping out of the water, just like at Sea World...individually, and in twos and threes.  They were perfectly timed, as they leaped out of the water and then crashed back down in exact unison...

Since they were spread out, we were able to make the count twice, and each time came up with 20.  The fish have been really close to the beach for the last couple of days, so this must be why they were so close in--they were following the food.  We watched them go from right to left about 400 yards out, and figured they were migrating and that was it.  Well, amazingly enough, as we were getting ready to watch for the green flash of the setting sun, here comes the whole group again, but this time only about 150 yards out.  They must have had full tummies, 'cause they were putting on quite a "jump out of the water together" show.  Here is a pic--it's not mine--but it is from here...dolphin%20jumping%201.jpg

 

 

 

 

I have to say that the ones I tried to take mostly showed a bunch a water all churned up.  My reflexes didn't quite work fast enough to find the jumpers, focus, then shoot...

 

So...all in all, just a really great day...

Posted on Thu, April 10, 2008 at 12:28AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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