In past few days, there have been hump back whales spotted in St Ives Bay. It's the big sweep of water that hugs the curve of the land from Godrevy to St Ives. It's where you can often spot pods of dolphins and seals. It's where the sea birds hunt for food. It's where Marc goes sailing on Saturday, and people who hire those awful speed boats go careering up and down during the summer months. It's where the fishermen drop their lobster pots. It's a stretch of water that has my heart. Whether I'm stood looking out at it from Smeaton's Pier or the rocky outcrop above the lighthouse at Godrevy, it has me under its' spell.
This morning I walked with my friend to the Island to see if we could catch a glimpse of them. There were quite a few people already there, laden with binoculars and long lens cameras. They were in for the long game, judging by their waterproof attire and camouflage covers on their equipment. I spoke to a woman who had seen the whales breech yesterday afternoon. And a man who told me that there were huge shoals of Mackerel and Spratt in the bay, and it was this that had most likely attracted them in so close to the shore. I had wondered why there were so many different types of sea birds hanging about; gulls, oystercatchers, guillemot, cormorant, terns and the like.
It was a beautiful morning. There was no rain, and the wind had dropped. There were breaks in the clouds and the punctuating colours gave an otherworldly feel to the landscape. For the last few months, we have been bogged down in slate greys, drizzle and poor light. Today the sky was treating us to a technicolour display, which was pinky peach and purply hued. It was wonderful to stretch the legs underneath such a canopy, and I felt cleansed by it.
We weren't lucky enough to see the whales, and they have already moved on. But it's enough to know that they were there, gracing us with their majestic presence. Unaware of the fascination they hold for so many, and the excitement and wonder felt by the lucky few who have seen them. I may not have been lucky enough to have spotted these magnificent creatures, but I feel happy and humbled that they are there at all.
Have a great day.