Sunday, December 26, 2010


12.26.10, originally uploaded by colemama.

Airborne! What a difference a day makes ... the calm blue waters smooth as glass churned with the 6-8 ft waves whipping in a cold front. The winds of 20 mph+ brought out the kitesurfers and they appeared to be in a constant state of exhilaration as they sped up an down the shoreline. Often they would get enough momentum to lift up and 'fly' before resuming their zig zag travels over the waves.

It was both fascinating and fearful to watch these kiteboarders - it seems so risky to be battling the wind and the sea...natural elements that have a 'mind' of their own. We all take risks - some more than others. On a continuum, my tolerance for risk is likely more conservative - certainly not very spontaneous. Calculated risk-taking seems to be a better match in most cases...but, interestingly, the need to weigh the pros and cons has become more intuitive with experience. Working with teachers and students in the current technological environment requires some risk - and helping some accept that risk is requisite for learning. 8th Ave S & Gulf of Mexico, Naples, FL

1 comment:

  1. I'm with you on the risk scales. Some people seem to need ever more extreme sports. My risks, like yours are more in terms of learning. - pushing the mental envelope, not the physical one.