Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mother, Daughter and the Deep Blue Sea

I took a jaunty spring trip down the coastline, stopping at various places en route. This is at Blackrock, just south of Dublin. I spoke with this friendly youngster with her mother just briefly, but in a civilised fashion that seems to have disappeared during these times. Existentially we have consider the epoch, don't we? It's hard - even impossible at times - to wage a battle against an environment. But just when friendliness seems out of fashion, something happens to change the point of view. I made the blues a little deeper in the picture because I wanted to be reminded of Scilla in the South of Italy. In mythology, that was where a monster lived. If you came to close to either side of the Straits of Messina, a monster called Scilla would get you. So the saying grew up that you could find yourself between Scilla and Charybdis - a bit like saying you're between the devil and the deep blue sea. Odysseus managed to escape Scilla on his famous voyage. A good thing too, because Scilla, the sea monster, makes Alien look like a nice little kitten. With six tentacles with six heads and three rows of vicious teeth she would make mincemeat of sailors in a trice. In reality Scilla is a lovely place and on a day such as this the colour of the sky is near the colour of the water in the picture. I thought mother and daughter looked very nice against the blue sea. I am sure they would melt into modern-day Scilla's blue embrace.