Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There are plenty of quotes that encourage us to take the plunge.
But dare rather to quit the platform, plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so shall you come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience, that shall explain & overlook the oldRalph Waldo Emerson
We all understand the concept. Be brave, don’t hesitate, don’t hold back. We can apply this to our working lives (go for that promotion!), and our personal lives (don’t wait, travel, book that flight, train for that marathon!)
But those things are hard to photograph, rather abstract. So for this week’s Sunday Stills I’ve opted interpret the theme of ‘plunge’ completely literally. My chosen photos show people, and a few animals, taking the plunge into the water. Some I know have been used in previous posts, but they fitted the theme too well not to share them again! But the first two are brand new, taken just a few days ago.
People taking the plunge
A lot, but not all, of these people shots were taken in Tynemouth. That’s perhaps not surprising, as it’s our favourite spot for a coastal walk when we’re staying in Newcastle. And again a lot, but not all, were taken from above, up on the cliffs or in the case of the Brighton shot a pier. That’s also not surprising, as that’s a discreet way to ‘spy’ on the activities of others!
Brave people taking a dip on 2nd January 2023, Tynemouth
The two on the right didn’t get much further in, but the man on the left really took the plunge, diving straight into the chilly waves
Surfers and dog walker, Tynemouth (December 2019)
Paddling, Tynemouth (August 2015)
Rock-pooling, Tynemouth (August 2015)
Swimmer in Brighton
In Praia on Santiago, one of the Cape Verde Islands
After an evening dip in Albufeira, Portugal
Surfers in St Ives, Cornwall
Surfer in Guiones, Costa Rica
And the surfer in my featured image was photographed in Hanga Roa on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Animals and birds taking the plunge
I’ve cheated a bit here, as a couple of these creatures are at home in the water in a way that we can never be, so I can’t really claim that they are taking the plunge with any degree of daring, as is often implied in that phrase. No, these are simply some shots of animals in water that I rather like!
Dog in the sea at Tynemouth
Dog in the Neptunbrunnen, Berlin
Horse and rider on the beach at sunset, Gambia
Snorkelling with sea lions off Santa Fe, Galapagos, where I was taking the plunge!
Gull landing on a lake at the open air sculpture gallery on San Juan, WA