Monday, May 31, 2010

I Encounter Two Mythic Beasts

Saturday Jeremiah, his Mum, Olivia, Maxine Jane, Elijah and I went to the most picturesque, lovely and clean swimming area I've ever been to.

Maxine was not at all evil. Olivia was delightful as always. Jeremiah's Mum was fun and energetic. Jeremiah was relaxed. Elijah was having a yucky allergy day, but got into the water without being coaxed or tricked for the first time.

Although I've been swimming since I was a toddler, I've always been somewhat afraid of the water. The same principal fuels my fear of the dark: The Things You Can't See. Even though the water was surprisingly clear and devoid of fish, the two hour River Monsters special I had watched the night before seemed like a bad idea all of the sudden.

The swimming area had a dock on one side with diving boards at the end of the dock and at the far opposite end a boat dock. We walked over to the dock with the diving board to see the fish that gather on the side opposite of the swimmers and low and behold a mega beast was there, awaiting my arrival (I know it's hard to see, but trust me, this sucker was big enough to make me gasp):

Jeremiah and I discussed the behemoth's potential origins for a while and while I was snapping these photos another mythic creature regaled me with the answer:

"Those are some mighty large carp in there, Missy. Pull you right in if it had a mind to."

This second mythic creature was the Man With Swimming Trunks AND Leather Biker Boots and he is carrying a leather jacket and a rather large hunting knife in this photo. Yes.

The sky looks amazing though, doesn't it?


Ron Campbell said...

What a lovely day - How lucky for you:)

Angela Christensen said...

The sky DOES look beautiful, but, MAN! I'm with you: what the hell is that thing in the water, and what the HELL is up with that bizarre guy? And I walk on the beach every weekend, sometimes stepping around jellyfish and the occasional Portuguese man of war. This is WAY weirder.
Love, love,
Angie at Eat Here

Anonymous said...

Maybe that guy was catching fish with his HANDS? Survival.

But it does look GORGEOUS!

Amanda said...

Who is paying attention to the sky when there is a swimming trunk/leather boot guy walking past? There's one at every swimming hole! AT my old apt. complex, it was the off season Santa Claus looking man who swam and tanned every day of his life and whose skin looked like leather boots.

Mwa said...

I'm scared of sharks in swimming pools. Those fish would freak me out.

mylittlebecky said...

i have to not think while i'm in a lake. there are so many things lurking under there. lovely trip :)

Colleen said...

I see it (the carp, that is). It's enormous!

otherworldlyone said...

I watched a River Monsters show the other night too! It was about 7ft 150lb catfish biting swimmers on the legs! Fucking freak me out.

That is a pretty massive fish you got a shot of. I try not to think about those kinds of things when I go swimming. It's easier when I'm not alone.

BTW, don't make fun of my dad. He likes his biker boots.