Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Earth Hath No Fury Like a Raging Ocean!

Introduction by William L. Gills aka Bos'n Bill

“The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can't.” 
― Christopher PaoliniEragon

The raw power and fury of a raging ocean never ceases to give me pause.  I am captivated by it's dominion over anything that stands in its way.  Since the beginning of time man has tried to understand the forces that move the sea.  It has killed millions and reaked havoc on ships, beaches and land structures.  It's fickle by nature and even the best computer models can't always predict its behaviors. It has the power to end life and destroy property mercilessly without warning.

Here's a video reminiscent of Exodus and the parting of the Red Sea, The Deadliest Catch and The Perfect Storm, displaying the ocean in some of its most capricious, angry moods. The effects of the sun, moon and wind make for some trying times riding the briny bronc and this video is a masterpiece of the spectacle and the formidable foe the ocean can be.

William L. Gills aka Bos'n Bill is the author of the book Lubber's log, published by Llumina Press; a boating journal and adventure story of the author's first time experiences in the preparation, maintenance and piloting of a new, unfamiliar boat.  You can visit his website here.

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