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photoblog image Sketches From The Forgotten Coast: St. Joseph's Bay

Sketches From The Forgotten Coast: St. Joseph's Bay

St. Joseph's Bay is vast, but shallow. You can be a hundred yards away from the shore and still be up to your... let's say a bit below your waist, in water. That's exactly where I was that evening, wading through the shallows, casting a plastic minnow into the islands of sea weeds, a favorite place of sea trout to hang out. The water was crystal clear. I could see blue crabs crawling backwards, small schools of young sting rays aimlessly wandering around, shadows of mullet minnows making sudden turns...
A small fly fishing charter boat quietly passed me by, heading toward the beach behind me. The captain waived his hand in greeting. I waived in return and kept casting.

"Hey, hey… the sharks… they move towards you", I heard the captain's loud shout a moment later. I turned my head and saw a fin and a shadow of a six-foot-or-so shark below slowly getting closer from behind me. Another monster was lazily following the first one. There was nowhere to run. The shore was too far away and the sharks blocked the shortcut anyway. I grabbed my fishing rod as if it was my Holy Spear of Destiny, ready to poke the shark into the eye, fully realizing how ridiculous the whole idea was. I tried not to move, not to make a single noise. Both sharks slowly, like in a slow motion re-run, passed me by just a few feet away, expressing not a slightest interest to my persona. Maybe for a first time in my life my ego wasn't hurt by being so blatantly ignored. :-)

Next day, walking back to the St. Joseph's Bay, I felt a bit more confident, sensing heaviness of my Wusthof Chef's knife, wrapped into a kitchen towel in my backpack.

Sketches From The Forgotten Coast: St. Joseph's Bay

St. Joseph's Bay is vast, but shallow. You can be a hundred yards away from the shore and still be up to your... let's say a bit below your waist, in water. That's exactly where I was that evening, wading through the shallows, casting a plastic minnow into the islands of sea weeds, a favorite place of sea trout to hang out. The water was crystal clear. I could see blue crabs crawling backwards, small schools of young sting rays aimlessly wandering around, shadows of mullet minnows making sudden turns...
A small fly fishing charter boat quietly passed me by, heading toward the beach behind me. The captain waived his hand in greeting. I waived in return and kept casting.

"Hey, hey… the sharks… they move towards you", I heard the captain's loud shout a moment later. I turned my head and saw a fin and a shadow of a six-foot-or-so shark below slowly getting closer from behind me. Another monster was lazily following the first one. There was nowhere to run. The shore was too far away and the sharks blocked the shortcut anyway. I grabbed my fishing rod as if it was my Holy Spear of Destiny, ready to poke the shark into the eye, fully realizing how ridiculous the whole idea was. I tried not to move, not to make a single noise. Both sharks slowly, like in a slow motion re-run, passed me by just a few feet away, expressing not a slightest interest to my persona. Maybe for a first time in my life my ego wasn't hurt by being so blatantly ignored. :-)

Next day, walking back to the St. Joseph's Bay, I felt a bit more confident, sensing heaviness of my Wusthof Chef's knife, wrapped into a kitchen towel in my backpack.

comments (27)

  • Ti
  • United States
  • 17 Jul 2009, 01:55
vz-nostalgia: Personal experience, you say... Were you stupid enough to step on one, Ti?
I know better than that. smile
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 17 Jul 2009, 01:56
What an engrossing story, Viktor. Its danger contrasts interestingly with this peaceful scene.
vz-nostalgia: Contrast is what usually tingles our senses, Larry, be it art or a real life experience. smile
vz-nostalgia: "I don“t understand your text, because of my own ignorance. But I understand the images, with its nature colors that are very visible even in the gray tones. A Black & White spectacle brought by its nuances." (translation courtesy of my Brazilian friend Helena O'Connor)
Oh yes, Ms. Selena. Welcome to the show. The palm tree leaves work well as curtains. smile I guess the main attraction of the play was that no one knew how it ends- either a Hollywood's happy ending, or it will be grim and dark in the best traditions of European cinema. smile
  • Ada
  • United States
  • 17 Jul 2009, 04:18
lovely....... enjoyed your piece as well...
vz-nostalgia: smile And I enjoyed that you enjoyed it, Ms. Ada. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Jul 2009, 07:15
The picture is of two palms taking hands against the incoming tide of 1) tourist 2) pollution 3) blood spilled by sharks - you sort of take a pick. The palm fingers touching is a bit romantic smile

... but then the music builds up and the viewer know there is drama/danger lurking!
vz-nostalgia: Can't get rid of the "Jaws" theme from my head now, Louis. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Jul 2009, 08:04
Soounds like you were having one real ggood time Vik
vz-nostalgia: Look at all those typos! Are you having a hangover, Chris? smile
  • clo
  • France
  • 17 Jul 2009, 09:47
oufff... but you are alive and kicking....!!!
nice to see you...smile
have a good time MrVictor....
vz-nostalgia: :
Ms. Clo: ... you are alive and kicking....!!!
VZ: I sure am. If it was otherwise, Ms. Clo, there would be no new Nostalgias anymore. smile
Lovely shot VZ...Makes me want to know more about the place
vz-nostalgia: You are a few clicks away from knowing more about the place, Ron. smile
1. While on Nostalgia, click on Archive, click on All Themes, and click on Sketches from the Forgotten Coast.
2. Google "forgotten coast Florida"
  • chris
  • United States
  • 17 Jul 2009, 13:34
vz-nostalgia: Even though there are plenty of restaurants in the area that serve oysters, I can't break the barrier to swallow a raw oyster, Chris. I guess it's a Russian thing. smile
Regarding equal terms, all I have is a little metal hook. No comparison against a pair of jaws full of razor sharp blades, don't you think? smile
  • cathy j
  • United States
  • 17 Jul 2009, 13:57
perfect
vz-nostalgia: Perfect what, Ms. Cathy? Is it a picture? Is it a story? Or the fact that I'm stil alive? smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Jul 2009, 18:59
I liked to read your description and your dramatic story- it must have been a real adventure holiday, but also full of quiet moments in harmony with the nature! Funny the self-ironic ending sentences! You should now read again "Moby Dick"!
A peaceful pic- all is breathing tranquility- and the contrast of the black palm leaves and the white-shining sky is beautiful! I could imagine to enjoy this place too, if it were not too hot!
vz-nostalgia: :
Philine: Funny the self-ironic ending sentences!
VZ: I'm so often ironic to others, Philine (which pisses many people off, I know that smile), it is only fair for me to be ironic to myself. smile
Philine: I could imagine to enjoy this place too, if it were not too hot!
VZ: In this case, you are not a Southern belle, Philine. smile
wish i was theresmile superb Victor.
vz-nostalgia: Now, that would be a disaster, Tim. No decent shark in the world would refuse to taste a genuine Englishman soaked in beer. smile
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Jul 2009, 22:24
Very intriguing story. Glad you were able to tell it. beautiful image by the way smile
vz-nostalgia: I'm thrilled that I'm still able to tell the stories on Nostalgia, SAVO. smile I'm glad the sharks decided not to disappoint my fans. smile
vz-nostalgia: I usually see (and sometimes catch) sharks on the deeper Gulf side of teh peninsula. I was surprised to see them in the shallow Bay this time.
Regarding fish for supper... I think the only time we didn't have fish during the whole week of our vacation was at breakfasts. smile
http://nostalgia.shutterchance.com/photoblog/237007.htm
  • K.A.
  • S.A.
  • 19 Jul 2009, 07:26
smile sorry mr VZ. i couldn't help laughing while reading your telling of your experience..despite i'm sure it was not funny for you at that moment...

(hm) well, thanks God those 'sharks' were not VIKZYRYAnovorous' hahaha maybe a new word for your VIKtionary

i'm glad you are fine, otherwise we should have missed this great picture of 'your coast'...i have my own fav coast here...and i would gladly share it with you (no tracks of sharks there,so no need to bring your backpacked wusthof chef's knife )wink

ps.- i'm really glad you are fine smile
vz-nostalgia: Laughing?! How could you, Ms. KA. To say it was not funny for me at the moment is to say nothing. My blood got frozen with horror. smile

I think if I ever meet a Zyryannosaurus Rex, I'm sure we'll find a common ground. smile

Thanks for the invitation to your favorite coast, Ms. KA, but I doubt very much your statement about a lack of sharks on the coasts of South America (I assume that's where you are). I have to do some research to prove you wrong. smile
Here is is:
"South America has 3 countries that recorded shark attacks from 2000 to 2005 which totaled 22 of them. Brazil alone has a total of 18 and 1 fatality which happened in 2004. Ecuador has recorded 2 shark attacks and Venezuela has 2 as well and their last fatality occurred in 1971."
http://ezinearticles.com/?Where-in-the-World-Do-Shark-Attacks-Happen?&id=412043
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Jul 2009, 04:56
Iron Curtain...Bamboo Curtain...now, VZ brings us Palm Curtain.

The opening curtains are an excellent primer for this engrossing story, VZ.

What were you intending to do with the chef's knife...slice off a shark fin and make soup that evening?
vz-nostalgia: Damn... I've never heard of a Bamboo Curtain. I guess because I was behind teh Iron Curtain for too long. smile

Chef's knife... yeah, silly idea, I know, but still better than nothing.
This guy shut the damn six-foot long thing in the head with a spear and still got his leg chewed off.
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=15b_1247594947
  • John Baker
  • United States
  • 20 Jul 2009, 15:42
Hi Viktor! As always, your commentary is as excellent as your photograph.
vz-nostalgia: Good to hear from you, John. Drop me a line, when you have a minute.
  • Regis
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Jul 2009, 18:31
Nice shot, but even better story, especially the fishing rod of destiny part. Luckily the sharks weren't interested!
vz-nostalgia: Well, usually I try for an image and a word to work together. Sometimes I fall flat, and then an image dominates, or, as in this case, just opposite, a word does. smile
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 21 Jul 2009, 13:59
It looks absolutely wonderful, and what a tale to tell too. smile
vz-nostalgia: Ms. Ellie! Gosh, what a treat. I thought we lost you. Good to see you to be found once again. smile
  • MARIANA
  • Canada
  • 21 Jul 2009, 20:42
maybe I can find it here..that lost kiss smile)
vz-nostalgia: Beware of sharks, Ms. Mariana smile
  • MARIANA
  • Canada
  • 21 Jul 2009, 20:56
Oh, now I know why only grass and see on this shot . NO people - nobody swim there . All afraid of being eaten smile)
vz-nostalgia: nice try, Ms. Mariana. No people is because I don't shoot people (with rare exceptions). I feel more comfortable among bugs. smile
  • Ti
  • United States
  • 21 Jul 2009, 21:13
Of course you are more comfortable among bugs, especially cockroaches... smile
vz-nostalgia: Perhaps, because they remind me of you so much. I always feel comfortable around you, Ti. smile
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 22 Jul 2009, 04:29
Viktor, how scary it must have been. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I'm glad the sharks didn't give you any notice. smile
vz-nostalgia: -
Kay: ...how scary it must have been.
VZ: Hard to say, Kay. My swim trunks were already wet. smile
  • makoto
  • Japan
  • 23 Jul 2009, 10:10
I did the effort to understand long sentences.
Did you encounter the shark there? It looks very calm and beautiful place.
vz-nostalgia: Your efforts paid off, Makoto. I did encounter the shark in there. smile
Long sentences... apparently my big problem. I need to study Ernest Hemingway's style more closely to learn the art of writing in short sentences. smile
  • terry
  • Nepal
  • 23 Jul 2009, 11:16
at the first glance, Vik i knew there was something dark about this scene. i didnt see tranquility some of the others did, and i still feel uncomfortable with the image. having read what you went through, my feelings are justified.

odd though, how colours, tones and shapes contribute differently to different perspectives.
vz-nostalgia: You have a well developed intuition, Terry. smile The art of listening our visceral voice is long forgotten by most of us.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 23 Jul 2009, 16:42
YIKES!!! That is a scary story. Wow. Glad they ignored you. It looks like such a heavenly spot, but I guess danger lies beneath.

Stingrays too! Double yikes, really have to watch your step but even then. Didn't one kill Steve Irwin the crocodile Hunter?
vz-nostalgia: Stingrays are friendly, though stubborn. At times, I had to slightly poke it with my fishing rod, if I saw one on my wading path burried in the sand and not willing to move. The one that killed Steve Irwin was a huge one. Steve wasn't careful enough to keep the distance and swam right above it, too close. Can't blame the ray, as it was acting in self-defense.
I'm careful, when I'm wading. I notice what is going on around me and I don't stump my feet, but shuffle slowly.
  • mariana
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2009, 02:05
I am losing my memory smile) Now, I recall who is Mr. Nostalgia . Hello !
vz-nostalgia: Nothing to be alarmed with, Ms, Mariana. The loss of memory is a natural occurrance that comes with age. smile
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