“Thinking spot” – the Beach

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I call places like this beach my thinking spot. Sometimes they are, but in actual fact more often it’s my no-thinking spot. It’s where I go to clear my head and not have to think at all. I listen to the crashing surf, I watch the waves roll in and back out. I examine the changes in texture of the sand from one end of the beach to the other, from shoreline to waters edge. The smooth dense wet sand, the rippled tide-receding middle sand, the light and airy sand in the sun. Truth be told, I find beaches and the ocean in particular to be cleansing.

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To me, it’s not a place to go soak up the sun, although at times that too has its place.

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And that’s why you’ll find me bundled up in the middle of winter, with or without my camera, walking the beach. The bitter cold wind and icy salt spray has a way of literally taking your breath away, and with it all of my worries, even if only for a moment. Sometimes I drive along the shore, stopping at beach after beach. Sometimes I sit for an untold length of time just being. And sometimes I do in fact think.

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It’s a meditative place, the beach. Every beach unique, and every day a new beach.

 

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Beach sunset in photos

I don’t think anything quite compares to a beach sunset or sunrise

Port Maitland Beach Nova Scotia - July 2014

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With just a little patience one can capture a 100 different images of exactly the same place within moments.

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Much like life, the only real constant on the beach is change… How do you embrace change in your life?

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Fog – not just in my mind

Even the fog has the ability to clear my mind

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Fog on the beach

 

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 Feeling a little foggy? What helps you?

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Making the most of our (limited) summer


Halifax weather has been really helpful lately if you come from the mindset that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Today it was time to finally take advantage of beautiful weather and hit the beach.

We’ve had remarkably few beach weather days so far this summer, and almost all of them have been spent making our house in show condition for sale. Our family of four live in a small three bedroom semi. In May my sister moved back to Nova Scotia and because of her medical condition (brittle Diabetic, and seizures) she shouldn’t live alone. She and her large shepherd/lab moved into our basement rec room until we sell our house and find a bigger one that will accommodate an in-law suite. Hence forth de-cluttering and painting projects en mass.

We had an appointment to view a house that backs onto a greenbelt around a lake (lakefront being our movin’ up requirement for moving now rather than later), at 2pm. So we headed out at 10:30 to give ourselves a couple of hours at the beach. Now, I’m not a “beach day” kind of gal. Granted I have taken my kids to the beach for the day, but I would rather go to the beach for a swim and leave when I’m done, than laze around soaking up the rays. So, we had plenty of time. An hour in the water, and it was heaven. Then an hour of snapping photos while my darling went for a 10k mid-day run on one of our warmest days this summer (no, I was not silly enough to join in on that little escapade).

The beach was packed as expected, but we snagged a great spot to park on the way into the gravel lot. Grabbed our towels and headed for sand. The water was clear, calm and warm (18Celcius for those curious to know what constitutes warm on the Atlantic coast!) We brought wetsuits, which turned out to be unnecessary (my Ian will beg to differ).

When Ian headed out for his run, I, camera in hand started wandering down the beach. I still feel awkward photographing people I don’t know, so I mostly shot clouds and gentle waves and rocks.

There is not much greater feeling of contentment than that of leaving the beach feeling exhausted from splashing around in the water with the sun beating down and warming your towels for when you get out!

Yesterday’s shots

There is nothing spectacular about this photo, except that I am learning to discern the difference in the quality of my shots.  If only, I could recall what I did here differently than the others!  😉

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Beach day!

Finally figured out photoblogging!

Our family summer vacation is a “Staycation” again this year. The girls are taking swimming lessons at the lake every morning for two weeks, Ian & I get to swim around with each of the girls while the other is in lessons. We’ll take afternoon excursions, or just hang out at home. Yesterday, we choose to hit Queensland beach while the weather was fantastic. The water temperature is unusually warm for July. Everyone had their wet suits, but I was glad to have decided to try the water first before putting mine on.

Wet suits are for wimps anyway! 😉

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EW! Seaweed! (and lots of it – swim suits were full of seaweed & sand by the time we left)

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Ready?

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Set!

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GO!

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While no one else in the water wore wetsuits (it really was WARM), I’m pretty sure the girlies and especially Ian last much longer than usual wearing them. I even like swimming in the frigid Atlantic Ocean in early June/late September, so really preferred swimming sans wetsuit.

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Tumbling in the surf! I had “rug burn” on my knees from being tossed around so much!

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Truly, life doesn’t get much better than this. 🙂

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