Back in 2007, Superyacht Storytellers’ Diane M. Byrne visited the Bitter End Yacht Club in Virgin Gorda. A favorite of many a yacht owner and guest, the resort is a relaxing getaway from the rat race. One afternoon, this cloud came into view out on the water. While wispy trails of other clouds were scattered about, this colossus was on its own.
Fascinated, Diane grabbed her camera and pointed the lens toward it. Her friends thought she was crazy. “What are you pointing at? There’s nothing there!” commented one person. Diane thought they were the crazy ones. “Don’t you see it? Check out that cloud! It’s amazing!” It struck her as being so powerful yet so serene. It was a towering pile of billowy white, set atop a flat base and hovering virtually just above the water’s surface.
Diane hadn’t noticed the dinghy motoring along until after she took the shot. A serendipitous moment that made the cloud’s dimensions all the more impressive.
Every time she looks at this picture, Diane fondly recalls the sense of serenity that the Bitter End Yacht Club, and the BVIs in general, made her feel.
The point: A picture tells a thousand words. Even a seemingly mundane cloud can call up a multitude of memories.