Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Blue Hole of Belize



Unknown to generations before us
It gazed, unblinking, up at the sky.
Only from the air is it visible,
That great impossible eye.
Sailors may have guessed at it,
As they crossed the ocean wide,
But they never saw it as we do,
Entire, and side to side.
I wonder if we appreciate
The wonders that we see,
All brought about by modern life
And bold technology.
Now even I can see it,
From the comfort of my chair,
And I can marvel at the fact
That the hole is even there!
I can even dive way into it,
And find the caves below,
All with TV cameras
Putting on a show.

I'm blessed with imagination,
As so, I hope, are you,
And, with such a wonderful gift,
 There's nothing we can't do.
We can swoop from blue to turquoise,
We can dive to darkest black,
We can glide through high cathedrals
And then we can rise back
Into the world of sunlight,
To feel the salt-sea breeze,
Rejoicing in the memory
Of the Blue Hole of Belize.


We were waiting in the theatre.
Hushed was the eager hall
When late arrivals pierced the gloom,
Painting shadows on the wall.
A shaft of light from the doorway
Lit up the silent rows
And the shadow-puppets revealed themselves
In a dark and threatening pose.


More photos for Ruth. Mike has been immensely lucky with the weather so far. Our summer was very much delayed by the Queensland floods as we caught the tail-end of them in the form of weeks of dull weather, but ever since Mike (my cousin's son from the UK) arrived the weather has been perfect, even a little too hot. Yesterday we had our afternoon tea in King Edward Park.

Here is Mike and the Newcastle sky-line.
And here am I relaxing. My sun-hat looks a little like a 1920s cloche! I found these little cloth hats in a pharmacy and I bought three in different colours, because I can roll them up and shove them in a handbag. Floppy-brimmed hats are all very well, but they're a nuisance if the sun goes in. In any case, big hats make me look like a walking mushroom!


Kat said...

THE BLUE HOLE OF BELIZE: Thanks for telling us... and true, these days if we watch "National Geographic" one can see all the wonders, of nature.

PS: big hats make me look like a walking mushroom! That brought a broad smile..!! You look pretty smart like an army General, in that cloth hat :-))))

SmilingSally said...

I've learned today. I never even heard of the blue hole of Belize before. Thanks for the lesson.

Happy Blue Monday, Brenda!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That is just fascinating, Brenda! Thanks for sharing this with us about Belize, and I love your cute sunhat. Hope you are having a Happy Blue Monday...


Sheila :-)

eileeninmd said...

What an anazing sight! It would really be cool to see it in person. Great post! Happy Blue Monday!

Gengen said...

Just beautiful...Happy blue Monday.

Chubskulit Rose said...

I like your hat! You're lucky to have beautiful weather.

Musical Snow Globe, is my entry. Have a great week ahead!

Steve Wilks said...

Thank you for sharing this. It makes me want to dive the Blue Hole on my next visit to San Pedro. Hope someone will start doing the 3 day live-a-board trip to Light House and the Blue Hole.
Is this pic by Joe Miller? Wonder what he is doing these days. Heard he is back in the States?

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

I don't like later comers to any where. In my school, we teach the kids to have respect.