Tuesday, March 01, 2016

In Like a Lion



Early, early this morning, in the darkness, the curtains stirred at the open window. A cool breeze swept over my face and I pulled the comforter close. Rain began, a lovely sound when one is tucked up in bed.  

March blew in with much the same weather as on Sunday, when I took the photos here (and the cherry blossoms in my previous post).


The breakwater curves out into the Strait. Huge granite blocks edge the sides of the breakwater and go deep and wide underneath the narrow pathway. It's about a mile to the lighthouse and back. 

Sometimes we walk out on the top and return via the blocks on the ocean side of the walkway. Not this time. Spraying ocean water is cold, cold, cold. We were splashed several times.


While the two of us found the windy, wet outing exhilarating, a few pigeons huddled on the lee side of a roof for protection. Gulls attempted to fly straight into the wind and barely moved. 

Sometimes, I'm like a pigeon, wanting shelter and calm. At other times, putting on a wind proof coat and a scarf seems like a great idea. Do you feel the same?


Another view of the breakwater, this time from the road. It's a wonderful place for views of the Olympic Mountains across the Strait and for getting close to the ocean without actually being in a boat or the water. It's popular with tourists and locals alike. 

Now that March has blown in, spring is well on her way! 


26 comments:

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Great photos of the breakwater - I think I would stay on the walkway. I'd love to see the Olympics from there - I bet you are closer than we are.

Pondside said...

Wasn't it wild? Even Turkey Point in Oak Bay was pounded by huge breakers - very exciting.
I certainly have my fingers crossed for 'out like a lamb'.

Chy said...

That looks chilly! We've had snow for the last two days but just little flakes. It got really cold, I'm sure the coldest we've had all winter (around -14), which was shocking but certainly not a typical -34! Today the sun came out, it went up to +4 and everything was melting again. Such a different winter.

Marilyn Miller said...

The waves and fury can at times be so invigorating. What an amazing walk. Wind and rain here today, but yet signs of Spring are all around me.

Vee said...

Shelter and calm...95%
Excitement and adventure...5%

So now the storms show up! Hope that you soon return to spring...

happywonderer.com said...

Ha! It's been blowing here and we are having thunder and lightning. Sounds like several homes are without power, too. I'm hoping for some lamb hours in between the lion hours this weekend!! Wonderful photos of the water spray!

Mary said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. The first one sure grabbed me and then there were more! Along with your lovely words I was almost transfixed to your area enjoying the blessings of nature.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

It definitely came in like a lion this year! That looks like a lovely place to walk...but maybe on a more peaceful day! You captured the churning waters nicely.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Sometimes a brisk walk on a cold windy day can be exhilarating, especially when you have a lovely place to walk. But mostly I'm more like the pigeon. :) Happy March!

Barbara Lilian said...

Great photos, I can almost feel the spray from those waves roaring up against the sea wall. Oh how the weather effects our moods. Everyone wants some warm sunshine to warm their hearts.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Oh I love a walk along the ocean front especially with a good breeze and a little salt spray!
Blows away all the cobwebs and woories!
Great photos - you have certainly mastered your new camera Lorrie!
While March hints of Spring in the air for you, last night I added a light mohair blanket to the bed, meaning a change is on the way. We have been sweltering for weeks and I'm ready for Autumn to make herself known once more!
Shane

mamasmercantile said...

Looks like a great walk and quit invigorating in all that wind. Strangely it was rain and wind here yesterday too.

Elizabethd said...

It has just hit us today, maybe Storm Jake? the trees are bowing down under the wind, plantpots are flying around the garden...and I don't want to go outside!
What wonderful photos of the waves.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Such wonderful photos, Lorrie!
I so envy you for the gusts of winds and splashes of seawater! :)

podso said...

You have such beautiful places to walk! Your photos capture the sense of the wind and rain.
Such a walk would really lift my emotions.

ann said...

In like lion; Out like a lamp. That's how March arrived here, too, although we don't have daring waters to help us celebrate, just dust. I don't much like the wind. I always enjoy your water photos and your wonderful narrative.

Rettabug said...

Wow...very impressive pictures, Lorrie! You live in the neatest place!
Do you live near "Pondside"...AKA Ms. H?

Happy@Home said...

I can almost feel the cold of the water spray in your second photo. I'm thinking that this morning that might be just what I need to wake me up. Most days, though, I'm more into shelter and calm.

Deanna Rabe said...

I can tell you my family would certainly be up for a walk like this! Me - maybe depending on my sense of adventure! ha ha

We've had windy weather to welcome March, but not sure it's been lion-like. The forecast over all is for mild weather this month, so we'll see if the old saying holds true.

Madelief said...

Beautiful photo's of the seaside and the blossoms in your previous post!

Have a lovely day!

Madelief x

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SpicingUpIdaho said...

March blew in here too! I enjoyed your breezy walk along the ocean, and I can believe just how cold it would be to get splashed by those waves! Enjoyed your pictures so much today :)

Gina said...

Lori, those water pictures are gorgeous!

March has come in like a lion here in NC too. It was cold yesterday and colder still today. So strange because it was warm at the end of February!

heather said...

It really felt like a Fall storm versus a Spring storm, didn't it? Well it didn't cause too much damage out here (other than my cat wouldn't go outside....). Your photos really captured the beauty of it and I've gone down to the breakwater too to watch storms - it's a popular thing to do!

Deborah Montgomery said...

Came in like a lion here, too, with several more inches of snow! But the days are getting longer; it's not so dark in the morning as it was. Beautiful pictures of waves on the breakwater.

Ida said...

Loving those waves against the breaker. It was more like a lamb here.