Monday, December 23, 2019
Rainy Day Sunset
It rained last night.
At the end of the last night of the Christmas Boat Parade,
the gondoliers of Newport finished their cruises and tucked their boats in for the evening.
And then, as if it had been politely waiting until we were finished,
the rain came down.
Came down in buckets, it did.
This afternoon, Eddie and I pumped all that water out of the gondolas,
as it continued to sprinkle on and off.
Veteran gondolier Alex Boullon escorted his passengers down the gangway and onto a gondola.
Excitedly they settled into the seat, bundled up in blankets,
and prepared for the adventure ahead - an adventure that involved the umbrella they'd brought along just in case.
The sky above us was filled with rain clouds, but off to the west conditions were clear enough to bless us with radiant colors as the sun began to set.
As Alex pushed away from the dock,
the rain began to fall with greater intensity.
The couple laughed as the gentleman popped open the umbrella,
and their gondolier propelled them ahead towards the PCH bridge.
Hard rain came down for a few minutes as the sun fell on a distant horizon.
After spending a few extra minutes under the shelter of the bridge,
the gondolier and his couple emerged to see even more beautiful vistas.
A pelican and a pair of ducks loitered near the shore.
For reasons that only the pelican will ever know, he decided to take flight.
I silently thanked him for choosing to do so while I was actively shooting pictures.