This morning and early afternoon, Jan and I went into Bergen to watch the Tall Ships leave the harbor and begin their “Parade of Sails” as they gathered for the next leg of their race, this time to Esbjerg, Denmark.
The weather was gorgeous … to begin with. And then the skies darkened a bit, the wind picked up, and the rain moved in. We were soaked by the time we left, but that kind of fits the idea of being on one of the beautiful ships and experiencing the wind-and-sea-water splash to your face, doesn’t it?
We began the day on the opposite side of the Harbor from where I was on Wednesday, in the same spot I took my photo for my “paintings and photographs – Bergen” post:
We were there for about thirty minutes. Although none had their sails up yet, it was exciting to be so close to the ships as they passed.
After feeling up-close-and-personal, we moved to Nordnesparken (standing here), where we could see the ships further out in Byfjorden after they had left the Harbor:
From my vantage point, I could see families gathered in the warm sunshine: swimming, grilling, taking photos. I watched the waves hit the area after a larger ship had passed by. And I saw it empty out as the rain began to fall.
To my right, with Sandviken in the background, I could see the ships as they left the Harbor and entered Byfjorden, some with full or partial sails flying in all their glory, a few with their crew standing at the railings, one with the crew singing a sea chanty, and all of them proud and beautiful.
Out in the fjord, as the rain moved in the clarity of the far-away ships disintegrated even more than the rain-fuzzy details of the ships as they left the harbor … but I was still fairly pleased with the photos I captured during the two hours we were there.
And then it was time to slosh our way back to our car … except I kept stopping to grab “just one more!!!!”
Our ride home took us out of the rain to beautiful sun … but the rain clouds followed us, and I captured one lone sailboat on our fjord, doing its own version of “Parade of Sails” as the rain clouds bore down.
(Obviously I wasn’t entirely truthful at the end of my last post when I wrote “Next up: a post featuring the Statsraad Lemkuhl.” That one is coming soon — but I decided that this one is more timely and exciting!)