Photographer's Note

I have advertised under my previous photo that I will share with you my adventure from the Praia do Beliche (in this photo).
The beach was amazing. The sand so clean and for most of the time we were with my wife alone there. The wind was quite strong but the waves didn't appear too dangerous.
After playing in the water for a while, I was standing in the water maybe just three steps into the ocean but I was looking away from the ocean to my wife who was standing further on the beach.
Suddenly, her face expression changed, she looked at me with a great fear in her eyes, which I don't remember seeing on her face ever before or after that day. She started to shout: "Run, run!"
I didn't see anything but I started to run. Well actually a strange thing happened: I tried to run, to raise my leg, but I had a feeling as if something was pulling my legs with a great force back to the ocean. It pulled me in and shortly after I was thrown, with an equally strong force, first out in the air and then down into the ground. It felt as if something tried to eat me but decided to spit me out. My head scratched the ground under water with a great force. Luckily, I just had a scratch on my head, and I lost my favourite hat. But I could not stop thinking what would be if my body was thrown under a slightly different angle. I could have ended up with a neck snapped so easily. I am 186 cm tall. The wave must have been higher than that. I felt like a little toy, completely helpless against the forces of nature. This surely taught me some to have respect for the waves.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7388 W: 106 N: 19417] (74351)
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