Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Gentleman at the Marina

There is a lovely marina about 15 minutes from me. The area has been renovated and there is a gazebo and more parking and a long walkway. A lot of the original wood was salvaged and reused so it maintains its original organic charm.

I go to the marina often, sometimes early in the morning to watch the fishing boats leave.
There are many salty old sailor type guys hanging around. They wave and hoot and call me "girlie". They always want to add "a little spirit" to my coffee. The make me laugh and are actually quite sweet in their own rowdy way.

Now and then I see this man who stays to himself. He is well dressed and walks with an air of grace and peace. He nods to me and smiles slightly. Sometimes he tips his hat. Although I am a very demonstrative chatty person I just nod back and smile. Once I tipped an imaginary hat to him and he chuckled softly. He never breaks stride yet I always get a warm feeling from him.

I have asked the others about him and have been told many stories but then I decided his story was simply his own and I take him in at face value.

It is more than enough.

He is a gentleman.



20 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Terrific capture, Dianne! What an interesting looking gentleman he is! Have a great evening! Hugs to Hope!

Sylvia

Lisa (Mountain Photog) said...

That is a wonderful photo, Dianne! It really captures this man's character and quietness. And I love his bright jacket contrasted with the muted color of his hat and the pier around him. It really pops. :)

Cherie said...

I love the story that goes with the picture. :) (Of course, the picture is fab too. I could hardly disagree with Lisa about that! lol)

Ivanhoe said...

Nice! Wish I had a marina close by. Scratch that. Wish I had NYC close by! :)
Totally saw you waving & was waving right back! ;)

Ron said...

What a SWEET story, Dianne!

And I freakin' LOVE your capture of him - it speaks VOLUMES!

What a GREAT face he has!

Awesome COLOR in this shot!

X

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

This photo speaks volumes about him, but I am a snoop and would want to know more and by gosh.... I would ask him. LOL

Kay Dennison said...

A true gentleman is a rare commodity these days.

Hilary said...

I love the way you see this man.. through the lens and through your thought process. And I think you're right to maintain his privacy.. except for the photo, that is. And it's a wonderful shot.

Cloudia said...

yes, these little public relationships are important and valuable!





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Cloudia said...

little gem of a post

Rebecca said...

What a sweet story about the mystery man. I love that the others offer you a little something for your coffee! LOL. Lucky you to have such a great place for photos!

TexWisGirl said...

this warmed my heart. congrats on your POTW!

Woody said...

Neat photo, he looks like he'd have some interesting tales to tell. I like the composition with the wall and a great background.

bobbybegood1 said...

Great post. A pic is worth a thousand words. And do you take their suggestion and add a little "spirit?" Cheers!!

CiCi said...

The gentleman in the photo looks like he has many stories to tell though. Taking his walks in solitude must be his meditation time. This is a great picture.

ladyfi said...

What a lovely shot - and face. He looks so like my own father!

EG Wow said...

Wonderful post, Dianne!

Daryl said...

HOW did I miss this .... I dont know but I did .. so glad Hilary pointed it out ..

Emille said...

Your mystery gentleman looks like a leader, someone having had influence... great story for Midw. Blues!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a neat post! He looks like a gentleman. I love everything about the story, from that you enjoy hanging out at a working marina (so do we) to that you love people-watching and making stories in your head!