Click for full 3600px resolution. I’ve said before I’m not a great photographer, but the number one rule apparently is to carry the camera around with you, and you might see something like this, which reminded of the way Monet or Renoir painted light, but in real life. It’s not that photo is great but I love that for once I managed to get a reminder of something. It was hazy with the cliff under Brownstown Head visible, but the day turned to heavier fog during my swim.
I usually differentiate between my own photos and those from other sources by putting a black border around my own ones, (though I didn’t do this early on so there’ll be mixups from last year and early this year).
It was the only calm day I’ve seen in weeks, with that almost oily look we call glassy, a fog was dropping in, coming out from the beach and the water was a vivid turquoise green in the shadows, and there were jellies and a pronounced smell, all indicating a green tide, probably the last late summer (in the water) plankton bloom.
Colours & reflections 1
Here’s a photo Kieran O’Connor took after Ciáran’s swim that I love. I’ve levelled it off, reduced the size (and added a copyright for Keiran).
On the last Mile roadtrip last week.
Notice Eilís literally on my back, after being metaphorically there all year! Despite the waves constantly crashing over me, she didn’t rush to get off.
Thanks to Gábor for the pic.
Only those with a knowledge of Ciarán’s swim, and some rudimentary Irish, will understand the humour of this pic.
That’s actually Gabor halfway between the boats on one of his excursions. I’m standing on the gunnals roaring and waving. Abby was on the port side.
And it was given to them, that when they wearied, they could seek and find the Straight Road, and so return to Aman.
moonrise over inner sandycove
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Updated with a pic from David & Evelyn!
We are all humbled.
From the BBC.
Frenchman with amputated limbs completes Channel swim
Doctors were forced to amputate Mr Croizon’s limbs following an electrical accident
A Frenchman whose arms and legs had to be amputated following an electrical accident has successfully completed his attempt to swim the English Channel.
Philippe Croizon had set off from Folkestone in Kent at 0645 BST.
The 42-year-old, who swims using prosthetic legs, finished the 21 mile (34km) challenge by reaching Cap Gris Nez in more than 14 hours.
Sixteen years ago, Mr Croizon suffered a severe electric shock while removing a television aerial from a roof.
A current surged through him from a nearby powerline and doctors were forced to amputate his limbs.
Mr Croizon reached the French coast at 2013 BST, far ahead of the 24 hours he had set himself.
His team believe this is a record time for a disabled swimmer.
Mr Croizon told the BBC that at no point did he feel he was not going to make it, despite pains and aches all over his body.
Philippe Croizon’s father said his son had had favourable wind conditions and had even had three dolphins swimming alongside him for a period- a “sign of good luck”.
Mr Croizon had been preparing for the challenge for two years.
Lisa & Liam…
Liam was just showing off by writing on the ceiling.
liam maher white horse
lisa cummins white horse
You’d think, with two year’s since I booked the Channel, a year since I started the heavy training, all the success visualizations, and all that time actually swimming, that at some point, I’d have though about what I going to write on the wall in The White Horse.
Maybe something from my collection of quotes. Maybe something witty or pithy.
But no. Standing there, just after Jen wrote her inscription, I was blank.
So I started writing, and “When it all goes wrong, keep going, see what you discover…” came out in a Rorchachian moment, thinking about what I discovered about myself, the call came, inevitably, from across the pub, “France, hopefully”.
(Or, in my case, almost Belgium).
I didn’t even take a picture of it, my sister took it a few days later!
South of Dover. From the sea all you see is the embankment. Probable starting point. You can see Dover harbour on the top right. Last time we started from one of the beaches between Samphire Hoe and Dover.