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Home is the Sailor
281212_1000597 28th December

Home is the Sailor

This is a back-lit picture of a lead crystal glass inscribed with a line from Robert Louis Stevenson.
I was given this glass a few years ago, when I provided some photographs to be used in the RLS festival held in North Berwick.
RLS often used to stay in the town, when his father was the engineer responsible for the construction of several of the lighthouses nearby.
Including the one on Fidra, which was the inspiration for RLS' novel "Treasure Island" and the focus of several of my pictures (below).
This line "Home is the sailor, home from sea" comes from RLS' requiem but is often misquoted.
To get the colour, I filled the glass with port, which is apposite because a port is where sailors 'come home' to.
Now all I need to do is decide what to do with a full glass of port...

Panasonic Lumix GH3
Panasonic Leica 45mm f/2.8 macro
1s f/9.0 at 45.0mm iso400 full exif

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Ric Yates31-Dec-2012 08:18
Great detail and interesting commentary.
Helen Betts29-Dec-2012 10:56
I'm sure you can find some use for the glass of port! Excellent closeup and interesting story accompanying it.
David Hobbs29-Dec-2012 09:12
Nice up close detail. Nice picture series to go with it.V
Tom LeRoy29-Dec-2012 08:57
I'd toast RLS for this fine macro shot. Excellent presentation. V
woody3428-Dec-2012 23:58
That's a great story and capture, I feel very sorry for you having to find a way to dispose of a glass of port...yep.
bill friedlander28-Dec-2012 22:22
Thats a real problem not knowing what to do with the port. Thanks for the background info. V
Sheila28-Dec-2012 21:46
Very interesting commentary. I just looked the quote up and it took me a good 5 minutes to see the misquote, duh.
Johnny JAG28-Dec-2012 20:11
Hello sailor
soulis28-Dec-2012 20:05
Terrific presentation! V.
Ted Aanensen28-Dec-2012 18:59
Love the bright red glass and inscription , a wonderful lesson in history, thanks, now down it slowly like a good lad.... V
jypsee28-Dec-2012 17:40
My favorite is "The Swing" I grew up on a farm and the swing looked out over the fields west of the house..

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside--

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown--
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!
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