Wednesday Window: waiting for the tide


This morning, I’ll open my Wednesday Window on one of Leo Reynolds‘ photos, time and tide

waiting for the tide
waiting for the tide
  1. You can see Leo’s flickr photos here
  2. Leo is a talented photographer who’s taught me so many things! He is, among other things, the undisputed squared circle record holder and has introduced me to the addiction.
  3. Some of his most interesting photos here

6 thoughts on “Wednesday Window: waiting for the tide

  1. When I saw this lovely photograph I was reminded of the saying ‘time and tide wait for no man’. I then wondered where this came from and Googled. Result as follows:

    The earliest known record is from St. Marher, 1225:

    “And te tide and te time þat tu iboren were, schal beon iblescet.”

    A version in modern English – “the tide abides for, tarrieth for no man, stays no man, tide nor time tarrieth no man” evolved into the present day version.

    time and tide wait for no man

    The notion of ‘tide’ being beyond man’s control brings up images of the King Canute story. He demonstrated to his courtiers the limits of a king’s power by failing to make the sea obey his command.

    That literal interpretation of ‘tide’ in ‘time and tide’ is what is now usually understood, but wasn’t what was meant in the original version of the expression. ‘Tide’ didn’t refer to the contemporary meaning of the word, i.e. the rising and falling of the sea, but to a period of time. When this phrase was coined tide meant a season, or a time, or a while. The word is still with us in that sense in ‘good tidings’, which refers to a good event or occasion and whitsuntide, noontide etc.

    I learn something new everday.

  2. At first, (I told Mr.Reynolds, on Flickr), I thought that the charming couple was the prime subject, not the clocks indicators. And the title:”Tide and Time”, philosophical, even poetic. What came to mind was the French poet, Lamartine (Le Lac), begging time and the hours to stop. Then I enlarged the photo and noticed better the gentle wrinkles, the warm smiles, the pleasant companionship on the bench. Well, I’m not a photo critic! I guess the clocks are a good shot but the couple caught my eyes. Not much time left for me. The tide is coming…

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