The World Below
I woke up this morning to the sound of waves, crashing and receding against the shore just outside my window. Lanyu is this small oasis-of-an-island off the southeast coast of Taiwan.
The water here is a surreal, cerulean blue with patches of aquamarine sewn in here and there. It’s absolutely breathtaking. The best part of it all would be the night sky. Out here, there is no light or air pollution. You just step out into the night and the velvet darkness completely envelops you. Then the heavenly switch is flipped, and in a slow-motion display, the multitude stars flicker on one by one — as if the sky had its own electrical grid.
I’m sitting on the outdoor veranda after just emerging from my first scuba-diving experience. It feels a bit unusual that I’m suddenly back on land now, listening to the waves, when just a few moments ago, I was right under their surfaces, bobbing and swaying with the rhythm of the water’s to-and-fro current, and unexpectedly finding a calming peace in the silence of the water.
@ Lanyu (Orchid) Island, Taiwan (photo by J.W.)