“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” André Gide
I love being near bodies of water; particularly the ocean. The powerful waves, the crisp air, the lingering smell of salt water, and the lifeforms lurking beneath the blue/green/gray waters; all are part of what fascinates me about the ocean. Over the years, I have lived in or visited coastal areas that harbored bodies of water that were directly on the ocean or fed off the ocean; the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Indian oceans… Mostly, before digital photography captured our journeys and helped us record and share them instantly.
As I thought about this Weekly Photo Challenge, I imagined myself at the ocean; listening to the sound of the crashing waves and picking up seashells. I’m not a fan of sand or sitting at the beach at the height of summer without any protection but, I love an early morning stroll when most beaches are devoid of revelers. The gentle breeze speaks its own language, and the ocean welcomes us with open arms; beckoning us to dip our toes in the water and sit and watch the movement of the water and the sea gulls… albeit for a little while.
Since my search produced lots of photos of bodies of water but very few that were specifically of the Ocean, I added some shots of beautiful bodies of water that feed into/off the Ocean that I have visited; Normandy Beach, Overlord L’Assault in France; both off the English Channel which is an arm of the Atlantic, Stockholm’s Riddarfjärden off Lake Mälaren, which flows into the Baltic Sea, Monterey Bay of the Pacific Ocean in California, and even a shot I took of Puget Sound which is a complex estuarine with connections to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean. Maybe a few more. I know … they are not all exactly on the Ocean… but a mother never rejects her wandering children even after they’ve found their own path or home.
“All rivers, even the most dazzling, those that catch the sun in their course, all rivers go down to the ocean and drown. And life awaits man as the sea awaits the river.” Simone Schwarz-Bart
For this Daily Post assignment on the Ocean, I searched my recent collection of photographs to see if I had any ocean pictures. What happened to all those shots I took in California of the Pacific? And those gorgeous shots of Big Sur? What about shots taken elsewhere of the Atlantic? The Indian Ocean? I barely found anything but I do have one of the beautiful Pacific Ocean taken in Hollywood Beach, Oxnard area in Ventura County… and a few more.
I have taken the liberty to add a few more bodies of water like the English Channel that is an arm of/feeds off the ocean; my picture of Normandy Beach, Overlord L’Assault, and a few more… I know, they are not all exactly on the ocean but all bodies of water that feed off the ocean are part of the ocean. After all, the English Channel is part of the Atlantic Ocean; it separates Great Britain from northern France, joining the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. What oceans have you visited? What are your memories? Stop by later for more updates on my ocean memories… Enjoy!
Positive Motivation Tip: Follow the call of the ocean and find your answers by sitting calmly and listening to the waves.
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Photos of Hollywood Beach, Normandy Beach, Stockholm’s Riddarfjärden, Monterrey Bay, Overlord L’Assault, Puget Sound, from my personal collection.