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What They Were Thinking: Paddling out

Colin Clark of South Boston paddles past the L Street Bathhouse after his journey toward the fog bank and Thompson Island, Dec. 18, 2012.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Colin Clark of South Boston paddles past the L Street Bathhouse after his journey toward the fog bank and Thompson Island, Dec. 18, 2012.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

Who’s up today: Colin Clark of South Boston paddles past the L Street Bathhouse after his journey toward the fog bank and Thompson Island, Dec. 18, 2012.

Clark: “One thing that occurred to me as I was on my way seaward was draw of the unknown. I’ve paddled that stretch many times by sea kayak and paddleboard, but the fog added a bit of mystery and adventure. While I didn’t catch up with the receding bank, it was worth the chase. I think a lot of those of us who love the outdoors can empathize with Kipling’s line, ‘Something hidden. Go and find it. Go and look behind the ranges. Something lost behind the ranges. Lost and waiting for you. Go!’ Whether by land or sea this urge to stretch and explore energizes and adds meaning for me. It’s a little workout and a lot of calm out there. As for the practicalities, I had on a full wetsuit and dry top with life jacket. Conditions were calm and I had basic navigation gear. Going out in winter, even on an ideal day, is no joke. There aren’t many people around, so you’re on your own if you get in trouble. Of course, this is part of the draw — to know the limits, take responsibility, and go.”

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