Hard And Soft
20 September 2021
Stone, cement, iron, water, foliage, cloud, sky, sail – in a single vista, so many different textures and so many different patterns. This is a strange photo… the bar across the centre pretty much breaks the rules of good composition. And yet the picture struck me as very interesting at the same time. The harsh, stark reality of the foreground… the dreamy fade of whatever is far distant. All of it has that magical quality of a Devon sunset – that pink, red tint as the rays hit the invariably spectacular display of clouds.

This is the old walls and rails guarding the road that circles the Hoe and leads around the coast. A road I walk several times a week, at least. Despite a lot of activity on the water in the Sound (in this picture there are sporty sailboats, a yachts, a fishing trawler, and, just out of sight, a tanker and a military vessel) – it always feels peaceful.

Also, a lot of people believe the best place for me is behind bars, so I figure I’d give it a try 😉

Peter van der Walt is a fiction author, although you may find some non-fiction and the odd essay out there. Fans can find his newsletter, posts, updates and developments at petervanderwalt.com. Currently, he is hard at work on his next story. When not writing, he has far too many interests to reasonably keep up with. He lives with his partner in Devon, England.