Going for a thrill ride in Byron Bay
Toronto Star - Travel Section, Thursday, February18th, 2010
The sparkling waters of Australia’s Byron Bay are full of special surprises, from thrill-ride waves to a resident pod of dolphins.
Byron Bay, Australia–"Do you have to be a contortionist to get this thing zipped all the way up?" I ask the long-legged woman sitting at a makeshift table next to a stack of yellow and red sea kayaks.
"Well, I reckon your suit's on backwards," she answers, making me melt with embarrassment as my companions turn away with smirks on their faces.
The pungent full-body wet suit, stuck to my skin like a postage stamp, was still damp from a previous outing, but my early-morning enthusiasm was whetted by a conversation I'd had with our guide Andy, of Australia's Cape Byron Kayaks.
“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing”
Oscar Wilde 1854-1900
A hundred years have come and gone since Oscar Wilde penned it, yet I have /read heard this quote twice in the last week.
To me, it is particularly relevant in the field of photography.
I was downtown this morning and drove by the Leaf Nation's venerable and much cherished Maple Leaf Gardens.
Reminded me of a poem I wrote on a dreary, wet, Wednesday afternoon in the very late '90's. (Published in the Canadian Authors Association POETRY FOR PAINTERS chapbook)Crazy at The Pancake House
I peer through the steamy window
Of the Golden Griddle Cafe
You know the one
Across from Maple Leaf Gardens
If I was going to flip
Might as well be in a pancake house
“I am writing my life to laugh at myself, and I am succeeding.”
(Yes! That Casanova….spy, writer, adventurer, and very famous erotic hero)
Started out with an agenda and timetable this morning that actually looked both reasonable and achievable.