Sea Pictures V

“The sea was a wonderful sight. It was as different from an ordinary rough sea, as a winter’s landscape is from a summer one, and the thing that impressed me most was that its general aspect was white. This was due to two reasons: firstly because the wide breaking crests left swathes of white all over the sea, and secondly because all over the surface of the great waves themselves, the wind was whipping up lesser waves, and blowing their tops away, so that the whole sea was lined and streaked with this blown spume, and it looked as if all the surface was moving. Here and there, as a wave broke, I could see the flung spray caught and whirled upwards by the wind, which raced up the back of the wave, just like a whirl of wind-driven sand in the desert.”

Miles Smeeton (1906-88). Once is Enough.

“A Stormy Sea” by Claude Monet (1840-1926).


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Philip Lee

Writer and musician who tries to join up the dots.

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