Mainly kayaking photographs taken on the Isle of Man and beyond.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Kayaking Isle of Man - Climate.

I've lived on various islands for the last 6 years. I've grown accustomed to “island weather”. The sort of weather whereby all four seasons can be experienced in the same day. Lofoten however, takes this to a new level. Once you've plucked up the courage to peer out through the window to assess the current climactic conditions, it is not at all unusual to observe sunlight; and it's no ordinary light. It's unique abilities to make even the most dull of colour tones vibrant is unique to landscapes close to the Earth's poles. It tempts and lures you to venture out of your Rorbu (fisherman's cabin). Once outside and just far enough away Lofoten springs its trap. In nanoseconds nature's “power shower” is turned on and even the most high tech of outdoor clothing is penetrated. It is like being thrown into the sea without a dry suite – the effect is the same! You return to your cabin (ours is called “Hilma”) and apply a dry set of clothing. The sun reappears and the game starts over.Don't get me wrong, I am in fact not complaining. This climate is Lofoten and it's all the better for it. The dark menacing sky compliments the mountains and the rough seas crashing against the jagged coastline complete the picture. I love it here.

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