My soul is full of longing
For the secret of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Though we live “at the beach” we don’t live right by the ocean. When we go to the beach it is usually to the non-commercialized areas or off season. We decided to head to the beach for an impromptu photo shoot before tourist season kicks in. DirtMan wanted to fiddle with some time lapse and HDR photography. I merely wanted to feed my soul with sand and surf and do a bit of amateur photography.
We hit 31st Street at the Boardwalk. We are greeted by King Neptune who by the look on his face seemed to be asking all “and you think you’re going to date my daughter?”
This is one of the few places in Virginia palm trees thrive.
The Boardwalk is alive with shoppers, skaters, bicyclists, and walkers. Kids romp and squeal. Couples snuggle. Friends laugh over drinks at the outdoor cafes. Families enjoy quality time.
Hotels stretch as far as the eyes can see in both directions. DirtMan and I look and listen. We absorb the atmosphere and capture what we can with our cameras. We take the time to sink our feet into the wet sand and let the salt water and air seep into our veins. The ocean invigorates us to life as we watch the world in awe.
The old and young alike seek the sea for their own reasons.
I sneak in a few shots of DirtMan “doing his thing”. I take over a hundred shots of sea and sky so it is difficult narrowing it down to ten to share. It is a gorgeous evening. The temperature is in the eighties with the clouds displaying a brilliant show of color and design at dusk.
The roar of the waves and sizzle as the they crash and spread upon the shore mesmerizes and comforts. The beauty and power of nature is beyond words.
Radiance of bright orange fills the sky as the sun sets just beyond the hotels.
We leave the water’s edge long enough to take in the sunset as pink, yellow, and orange swirl and blend into a sky of blue and clouds of gray and white. The Artist’s canvas is a pure delight to our eyes and cameras!
The glow of color in the clouds illuminates the water.
If you look closely at the clouds in this picture you’ll see King Neptune’s very own shadow of clouds! Seriously, it does appear to be his silhouette.
In every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth. ~Rachel Carson
****In case you’re wondering where my “Living in the Gap” is this week…I will post the entire week’s worth on Friday.