Sparring With Sunrise. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl

November 20, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Sparring With Sunrise

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Sparring With Sunrise 20211013 850_2159Sparring With SunriseThe spars of sailboats stab into the light of sunrise over the West Passage of Narragansett Bay

The spars of a boat are the masts, booms, yardarms (not on the boats in view), jib-booms, and the like. Spars are the means of hoisting and holding sails and lifting cargo. Even the word "halyard" (the line that raises a sail) comes from the term of lifting the yardarms, "haul yard". The act of "sparring" is also the acting out of martial motions (boxing for example) with no contact.

This double meaning of "spar" appeals to my love of wordplay. The idea of seeing the spars on the boats and the sunrise sparkling among them brings thoughts to mind.

I start thinking of an epic maritime ceremony where the hands haul the sun up upon the masts. "Stamp and go!" yells the bosun' as the crew sings working shanties. And the sun rises in the ponderous slow effort. And in the end, all stop and observe a job well done.

Moored Boats In Morning Reflection

Moored Boats In Morning Reflection 20211013 850_2177Moored Boats In Morning ReflectionMoored boats in the reflection against the morning sky over the West Passage of Narragansett Bay

Silhouettes Of Sunrise

Silhouettes Of Sunrise 20211013 850_2161Silhouettes Of SunriseSunrise in the West Passage of Narragansett Bay creates silhouettes of a moored boats, rocks and Rome Point

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