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“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” André Gide

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Ocean - Pacific Ocean view via Hollywood Beach

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Ocean - Overlord L'Assaut English Channel off Atlantic Ocean

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Ocean - Stockholm's Riddarfjarden feeds to Baltic Sea

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 AtlanticStockholm’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

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Ocean - Normandy Beach English Channel off Atlantic Ocean

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Ocean - Monterey Bay off Pacific Ocean

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Ocean - Seattle's Puget Sound feeds into the Pacific & Strait of Juan de Fuca

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.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Photos of Hollywood Beach, Normandy Beach, Stockholm’s Riddarfjärden, Monterrey Bay, Overlord L’Assault, Puget Sound, from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

22 Comments leave one →
  1. 31/03/2011 12:05 am

    Your photos are beautiful! They definitely make a girl wanna take a beach vacation …especially since I’ve never have:)

  2. InsideJourneys permalink
    31/03/2011 12:39 am

    Love your photos!
    Like you, I love being by the water. I’ve been known to go even in the winter –water calms me. I love going before it becomes crowded, I even love going when it rains.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    • 31/03/2011 5:25 am

      Thank you for your comment. You do have a blog? Please let me know the name again as I can’t tell from your sign-in name. I’d love to reciprocate and continue to support you too. 🙂

  3. 31/03/2011 12:44 am

    Wonderful photos Eliz – you have certainly seen a lot of different beaches and they are all so different!

  4. 31/03/2011 12:56 am

    Thank you so much, Elizabeth, for the beautiful photos and lovely words that accompanied them. The ones that especially resonated with me: A mother never rejects her wandering children, even after they’ve found their own path or home. WOW! Your ability to use words creatively always amazes me. 🙂

  5. 31/03/2011 1:40 am

    The “Overlord L’Assaut”
    English Channel off Atlantic Ocean –
    wonderful composed photo!

  6. 31/03/2011 1:46 am

    “Man cannot discover new oceans
    unless he has the courage
    to lose sight of the shore.”
    André Gide
    basic knowledge of all immigrants,
    emigrants and wanderers …
    some wish to leave Europe,
    others (from Africa)
    would give everything
    to enter Europe.
    To the British Channel:
    monthly hundreds try to manage
    (hidden in cars and trains)
    to come from Africa via France
    to Great Britain.
    Police is watching the tunnel entrance
    which leads under the sea to the
    English shore. I don’t know,
    why UK is better than France.
    I would prefer Baguette and cheese,
    not fish and chips …

  7. 31/03/2011 2:29 am

    thank you, Eliz,
    you inspired me again to write a little article
    – about the English Channel …

  8. 31/03/2011 2:31 am

    I just have two thing to say: Great saying and awesome pictures. It made me blue : ) …. I miss the ocean. There’s nothing like it and you gotta get in it from time to time to recharge your energy…Who knows… maybe in the weekend! Cheers!

  9. 31/03/2011 7:31 am

    Another great post. And the photos are beautiful. Trips to the shore were always favorite family vacations. I love it! Seeing your pics makes me want to plan a trip now!

  10. 31/03/2011 7:38 am

    I also love being around the water. A creek or stream, an ocean or waterfall. I even love the rain. I believe 2/3 of the earth is covered by water and our bodies or about 50% water. You can live longer without food than without water. I am thinking a trip to the beach is in my near future. Thanks for sharing your great pictures of the wonderful bodies of water you have experienced. enJOY your day!

  11. 31/03/2011 8:45 am

    Love the Gide quote.

    Along the same lines:
    Boats are safe in harbor, but that’s not what boats are for.

  12. 31/03/2011 9:36 am

    My favorite subject for photography… the ocean. You have some beautiful shots here. The picture of Monterey Bay took me back. It is so beautiful there.
    Nice work!

  13. 31/03/2011 1:07 pm

    Having just recently moved from a beach town to the high desert, your photos and words were quite touching! I love it here, but I do miss the heavy, wet ocean air… the salty smell of the waves… and the feeling of the sand beneath my feet!

  14. 31/03/2011 1:27 pm

    I love looking at the ocean…it’s so peaceful. I also like being on a slow moving boat…however I am afraid to swim in the ocean and lake because I’m fish-phobic.

  15. 31/03/2011 8:23 pm

    Beautiful , absolutely beautiful ocean photos !! I love the ocean, that is my dream and hopes is to live by the sea-when retirement comes around in a couple of years-there is nothing like the waves of the sea. 🙂

  16. 01/04/2011 9:32 am

    Very lovely photos! Right now we live a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico, not technically an ocean, but it oughtta be :o) I love the salt air, the sand and seashells, and there is something mesmerizing about the way the sun sparkles on the water.

  17. 03/04/2011 10:16 pm

    My family’s going to the beach next week! Your photos made me more excited! =D

  18. 06/04/2011 3:53 pm

    Beautiful pictures


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