Monday, June 2, 2014

A Sweep and a Reach

photo by Cassandra Mohr

Lining things up for a message-in-a-bottle can sometimes be challenging.
Last night I observed an unexpected phenomenon:
the wind was blowing me and the gondola away from the bottle,
and blowing against boat and reversing - pushing the bottle away from the boat!

Dropping the bottle is easy,
It's the approach and retrieval that tests a gondolier.
In the above photo, I was quickly bringing the remo back into position
to perform an aggressive variation of the sweeping tirare acqua stroke
and one of our staff photographers caught the action at a key point - as the lady was reaching for the bottle
(and I was working hard to bring her into range).

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