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Last Saturday a friend and I woke early on the Isle of Wight and set off kayaking out to the Needles. With the currents goign against us, it was slow work out from Freshwater, round the headland toward the Needles. Once they were in sight, however, they reminded me of how impressed I was the last time I saw them when I cycled to the viewpoint back in 2004/5. However, this time I was to view the Needles from the sea.

View of the Needles from the sea

View of the Needles from the sea

At one point a perfect photographic moment lent itself to me – my friend lit by the midday sun with blue skies and a biplane tilting its wings as it did a low level flyby of the the Needles in the background. Unfortunately for me, the currents by the Needles are strong and a big swell almost capsized my kayak as I composed the shot. So instead, here’s a photo showing how a little bit of swell can affect a kayaker…

A kayaker plays inthe swell by the Needles, Isle of Wight

A kayaker plays in the swell by the Needles, Isle of Wight

For a day out off the mainland, I highly recommend a bit of sea kayaking!

Keep exploring!

GeekintheHills

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