Dock Photography During COVID-19
Many sailors are trapped somewhere interesting right now.
We have spent the last 29 days on lock-down at Tahiti’s Marina Taina, aboard our sailboat, a 39 foot catamaran named Magic. The marina is a parking lot for boats, and also a beautiful place. Rules here are strict. We are not allowed to move our boat or even swim.
We had a lot of places we want to sail and dive this year, but now all plans are on hold. Each day the water gets more clear, as the Pacific Ocean takes a much needed breath from pollution. Baby fish fill the water; octopuses hunt along the docks.
I began to photograph the marine life at the docks. One morning my husband and I saw a rare and special sight – two octopuses mating! I never noticed the beauty of the marina before.
“It’s virtually impossible to feel bored or sad when I’m focused on the beauty around me.”
Each morning we exercise for 30 minutes around the marina, biking and skateboarding. I try to film something beautiful each day, usually during our morning trip around the marina complex. It’s virtually impossible to feel bored or sad when I’m focused on the beauty around me. And we could all use a little more of that right now. I also made four videos about the experience of being here for such a long time. We’ve seen amazing things!
Other sailors are stranded in very uncomfortable places, and we consider ourselves to be lucky to have such a nice place to weather this storm. Some other sailors do not have it so great right now as they travel the world looking for a safe harbor, with almost all international borders closed to foreign boats.