Shrimp Boat 2017
I went to the beach not knowing what to expect. My purpose was simple – take photos. I’ve been in a creative slump for quite some time now. Over a year. So I MADE myself go out and MADE myself take the camera, The good one – not my phone.
The light was so odd, which for me is a blessing as I love odd light anywhere. Especially at the beach because a sunny beach is frankly pretty boring. I’m not a sunny beach girl. I’m a moody beach girl. So the beach was moody.
And sort of calm. Waves were symmetrical and long, rolling in in regular fashion like a string of pearls. I notice flocks of gulls to the north, which usually means a boat. A shrimp boat comes into view. It’s closer than they normally are and the light threw it into silhouette. That odd steel blue sky, the silhouetted shrimp boat and gulls and that oddly yellow green sea was very calming.
“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth,
so virtue appears from good deeds,
and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind.
To walk safely through the maze of human life,
one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.”
Every morning resetting goals is the “new normal.” Remembering goals, maybe, would be a better phrase. Meditation, concentration, opening my heart and mind to the Now. Accepting the Present, practicing breathing, working on posture, smoothing brow and gut. Being calm. Breathe in, breathe out.
Sunrise – August 2, 2017
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality.
Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
* Working on accepting change whether I like it or not. *
June 10, 2018
This is the shower I loved.
As I shot the sunrising to the northeast
(because the sun moves in that direction from my vantage point in summer),
this shower was approaching from the south.
Tiny drops announced its arrival.
Tiny drops became bigger drops.
I ducked under a walkway and sat down at the base of a sand dune.
It felt good, the wind and light rain.
I laughed watching the pelicans, terns and gulls
feast on the running bluefish
as the rains kept them company.
The shower was short lived.
Pulling myself out of my lair I continued my camera-play.
Sunrise is fun.
June 10, 2018
Dead snake on the road.
Raindrop patterns in the sand.
Sudsy waves breaking.
Sand cool to the touch.
Rain shower coming from the south.
Ducking underneath a walkway.
Laughing at myself.
Pelicans, gulls and terns feasting on bluefish.
Shoot the sunrise many times.
“Never lose an opportunity
of seeing anything beautiful,
for beauty is God’s handwriting.”
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
It’s raining today. Nothing like rain at the beach. It drives the crowds away and cleanses the air. The Earth takes in the clean, fresh water and plants rejoice in the moisture. I thrive in this abundance. The peace it brings, the nurturing it brings as Spirit washes us clean. Enjoy this day.
We just returned from vacation in Colorado. I love the beach but desired to see a completely different landscape. You can’t get more different than the Rocky Mountains. I saw a wild moose! And elk! Wanted to see a black bear but no such luck. Nor did I see the longhorn sheep or mountain goats, but had fun looking.
Those mountains are gorgeous. Humbling. Massive. Those ponderosa pines blow me away. We visited Garden of the Gods and Pike’s Peak. The best part was simply choosing a direction and driving mountain roads. The views! The snow!
We as individuals are served well by immersing ourselves into nature….where there’s no service to our phones … and breathe it all in. We are so tiny and the earth is so large. My belief is that Mother Earth will survive us, despite our attempts to kill it off. She will eventually shake us off and live her own life free from the fleas of humanity for her days are numbered, too.