I watch the shells roll in the surf
Broken or whole they are but a piece of the creature that once existed
When the tide is low a new world appears
Take a moment and walk the sand flats with me
See what wonders we can see!
All birds are majestic:
How can we look at something that flies above us and not be astounded by its ability to do something we cannot do naturally.
Astounded, perhaps mesmerized
How do they uplift those awkward bodies from the water and glide on the wind
I watch them swallow whole fish and gracefully return to a classic pose.
Another reason to love the unusual.
I cannot call it a hobby, it is more of an obsession.
Pinks, purples, sienna, colors catch my eye.
Some as smooth as glass
Each wave brings a new treasure,
One is never enough
Adding to this obsession is a museum dedicated to shells.
Take a moment and click on the highlighted names above and you too may dream of shells.
Beneath its sparkling surface exists a world only a faction of humans ever enter beyond their knees.
Instead they walk her beaches collecting what she discards.
They traverse the shoreline hoping to find a treasure someone else has overlooked.
Children race to be the first one to find what the wave has tossed upon the shore.
There is peace in the rhythmic drone of waves bringing her treasures ever closer.
We all need time away, time away from our daily lives, time away from what we know, from what we have come to expect.
We leave to escape thoughts that intrude upon our dreams. We leave to dream again.
We leave to reconnect. To reconnect with family and friends, to reconnect with oneself.
We leave to enrich our lives. To create new memories experience new beginnings.
My holiday takes me to the sea – to the gulf coast of Florida.
I leave to discover what she shelters. What she protects and what she discards. Join me in my holiday as I journey to the sea.
Mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, arachnids and birds all live within the balance of the web of life.
When human kind enters and tries to control and change their environment to suit their needs the interconnectedness of the web is destroyed. Non-native species may enter, an imbalance of natives may occur. If we focus on the interconnectedness and provide the essentials needed for those who live here, food, water, cover and places to raise young, we can restore the balance.
During daily excursions into the gardens I am greeted by those with whom I share this space.
Guarded but not afraid, they allow me to be the caretaker for this moment in time.
As my reward they tolerate a close encounter.
Their likeness forever captured.
I encourage you to go out into your shared space and photograph the creatures you encounter!