Monday, June 18, 2018

Sunshine and Minus Tides

It finally happened. The fog and clouds left us. The morning sun has been rising in a clear blue sky. Luckily this break in the usual foggy summer pattern coincided with a significant -2.0 tide these past few mornings. So, we headed out to Trinidad Beach to walk to the beautiful beds of seaweed.

We drove 15 miles up the coast and got there at 7:30 about an hour before the lowest tide. Of course I had to stop and photograph this sea foam, but really I just love seeing Roger heading out to the tides.
The light was crazy out there and really hard to photograph anything. The sun was just coming up over the hills so there was lots of shadows and blinding brightness everywhere.

We headed north, going around the glimmering pools left behind by the retreating tide.
I'm not even sure why we wanted to see the seaweed gleaming brightly in the morning light.
Maybe just because we could. Because it was sunny. Because the tide was low and our spirits were high. Then we sat and had the tea and toast we had brought with us and watched other people arrive to take in such a beautiful morning.

PS-- It feels absurd to post photos and write about how lovely it is to take early morning minus tide walks when our country is carrying on in the most outrageous and horrific way. We don't know what to say that hasn't already been said by so many. We walk in our glorious freedom while children are being held in camps separated from their parents. The truth of this is so profoundly disheartening. That this is what our country has become is shattering and heartbreaking. What then must we do?

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  1. Looks like a wonderful morning there. I love walking the beaches along there -- and Moonstone beach nearby. Glad you got out there to enjoy the sun and the beach at low tide.

    Yes, I know what you mean about not knowing what to say about what's going on. I wonder if anyone in the current government realizes what bad karma this is buying them.

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    1. bev-- We thought about going to Moonstone beach. We love it there too. Such beauty. I hope the bad karma will turn the tides this November and Congress turns BLUE!

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  2. It is growing harder to stay positive. Looking for beauty and wonder helps, but the country and planet are being looted and plundered by barbarians. I am not sure how we get rid of them.

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    1. isabelita-- I am not sure how we get rid of them either. I am though slightly heartened by the moderate Republicans who are starting to make their voices heard.

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  3. How very odd that my comments continue to disappear here at your blog, as I try to finish them. This time as I was using Command C to save what I was writing, it seemed that my comment disappeared while I was pausing to think about what I wanted to say about the need for the balance of seeing beauty in these dark times. The disappearing comments only strengthen my resolve to have a voice. Our voices matter. (Comment disappeared again while I was thinking about what I wanted to say. I wonder if there is a time and space limit function on Blogger that is assuming that I must be "removed if I spend too much time in thought!).

    I'll say it again. Our voices matter. (I wonder again if it is a time and space limited censoring. I was thinking again and everything I wrote disappeared). May our painful silences and doubts be fertile ground for choices in the present. We can't change the past that appears to be repeating itself, but we have individual choices not to repeat it. Everything under the sun is new. We are not in a closed system.

    Thank you for sharing both beauty and doubts and fears. There is a sense of community in the present that gives me hope.

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    1. am-- I don't know why your comments are disappearing from here. I wonder what would happen if you typed your comment in a word doc and then copied and pasted it here, if that would work? Yes, our voices matter. I just hope we're all shouting loud enough for Congress to hear us. The elections in November are as important as any I've ever seen in my lifetime.

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  4. I think we must still see beauty and have special places to go to nurture out souls, otherwise we wouldn't have the strength to go on.

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    1. Colette-- Yes beauty is the only balance we have to this madness. I feel like I should take some action, but I have no idea what it should be.

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  5. and, of course, by out I really meant "our". (big smile)

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  6. It may feel absurd, but I know that for me, basking in nature is the only way I can escape what's going on in our world. It's almost a survival mechanism. Sometimes I just have to escape. No other word for it. Your photos are lovely. Enjoy every minute of that peacefulness.

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    1. Sharon-- I like thinking of nature as our survival mechanism. It is the perfect escape. I have to work at not feeling guilty, though, for having such a freedom.

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  7. What then must we do indeed. I do know that if I focus too long on the insanity that swirls around me, I become seriously depressed. A walk on the beach or a walk in the woods seems a logical dose of medicine to try to offset the deep disappointment of watching our country in such pain.

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    1. MRMacrum-- Yes, it is the one medicine that I rely on to offset the pain and outrage I feel. Sometimes, I wonder though if there is more that I could be doing. I just don't know what anymore.

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  8. Much of the world is affected by the illogical behavior of one man these days. I'm a prairie boy but I like tides.

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    1. Red-- The world is watching us. We have become something profoundly disturbing. Ah, the prairies must have some beautiful vistas. Have you ever stared out a long ways and seen the curve of the earth? I think I did once in the prairies of Saskatchewan. Such beauty.

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  9. I don't think it's absurd to enjoy and photograph beauty, as long as we don't disengage entirely from the disasters around us. The truth is, aside from voting and protesting and assisting those afflicted as best we can, we can't do much as individuals. So we may as well continue to live our lives mindfully and well.

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    1. Steve-- You're right! It's not absurd, it is the beautiful earthly answer to the politics of our times.

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  10. I am so glad you got some sunshine to for a moment, chase the clouds over our country. We need to sometimes, for a moment,to just wallow in the good still left. Don't feel guilty, it is therapy.

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    1. Arkansas Patti-- The sun is gone today. Fog so thick and persistent we can't even see the mountains. Beauty in its own way. Feeling better about appreciating the beauty.

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  11. What Steve Reed said. And I love that your walks in nature are shared on your blog for our enjoyment and tranquility as well. The beaches look so lovely and I imagine the sound of the waves and the birds, and the feeling of cold sand beneath my feet. You have given me a gift here with this post, these photos.

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    1. Tara-- We love having this beautiful piece of earth to take our walks on, to balance the horrors of the rest of the world. We are glad to share it. I still want to change the world.

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  12. I am glad you pause to take in the beauty of the morning at the shore, to celebrate the light coming up over the hills and take tea and toast with your love. We must do these things, to help fortify ourselves for the road ahead, to remind ourselves that this world we share is worth fighting for, so needed in these times. I know what you mean, but bearing witness to what is good is just as important as bearing witness to the atrocities currently being unleashed on our southern border, and elsewhere. Thank you for this post. I clicked the photos and made them large and they are stunning.

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    1. 37paddington-- Yes, I like the idea of this beauty reminding us of what is worth fighting for. I hadn't thought of it as bearing witness for good, and I can't tell you how much that means to me to think of it in those terms. I'm glad you clicked on the pics. It was a crazy, bright beautiful day. Thank you, my friend.

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  13. Right now I'm thinking of all those young people who will be voting for the first time in the November election and those who didn't vote in the 2016 election, not realizing that their vote mattered. That gives me hope for today despite the fact that what our nation is up against now is entrenched in our nation's history.

    I'm using your suggestion and writing this comment in a separate document so that I can copy it into your blog. Something else I just noticed is that nothing happened when I clicked on “Reply” back at my original comment and your response. I had to copy this comment to the end of all the previous comments and responsess.

    That's enough about that (-:

    Your portraits of the North Coast make it possible for me to experience its beauty again and again. Thank you, robin andrea!

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    1. am-- I'm glad you could copy and paste your response, even if it wasn't exactly where you wanted it. Yes, to all the young people who will be voting this November. I hope it is a landslide of a movement to take back Congress. I almost have hope! I love your love of the north coast!

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  14. Thanks for sharing your walk. I've been crazy busy and have missed reading your post.

    I can't say anything about what's going on in politics right now. I have to keep my blood pressure under control.

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    1. Dave-- So glad to see you here! Keep that blood pressure under control. I do it with a glass of wine at dinner!

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  15. I hope we have have fine candidates with character and integrity so the voting isn't just a choice mostly against one because of their type of baggage and ending up with the other, who also has baggage but is new to the scene. Many voted for Trump, not because they were resolutely for him but because they absolutely didn't want more of the Clintons. At leat that was the case in this part of Pennsylvania. Sad to report, I couldn't bring myself to vote for either. Kim in PA

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    1. Kim-- I'm hoping for a change in Congress this November. We need checks and balances, that's why we have three branches of government. I was a Bernie Sanders supporter, but did cast my vote against Trump and will do it again in 2020...no matter who is at the head of the Democratic ticket.

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  16. There's always a blip that erases everything I write here. I have to wait it out.
    I LOVE the photos of Roger and of the seaweed. There's gotta be some connection between the two....
    I am thinking of the poem I've posted here probably twice before: Envoy Prayer by Kate Knapp Johnson. She juxtaposes horrors of war with scenes of beauty. She ends the poem with "Lord, do not save us in from this world. Save us in it."
    I thing that's pretty much how we all feel.

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    1. CCorax-- I've heard that complaint from a few other people too. I really don't understand why comments get erased here. Such a drag. I love those last lines of that poem. Hoping for a resolution of kindness and beauty.

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  17. What a great thing to do in the morning and forget all that is going on

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    1. Bill-- It really does help for whatever time we are out there trying to take in the beauty of the moment.

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  18. It's hard not to think of these times as apocalyptic, but, unfortunately, when I think back on the history of the United States, I realize that these times may not be all that different from other times -- slavery, legal segregation, almost-legal lynchings, hatred of other immigrant groups, and the near-extermination of native Americans. I'm afraid we have sort of unconsciously fallen for the myth of an America that exists only in our imagination.

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    1. Mark-- You are so heartbreakingly right. We are never going to wake up to the fact that we are one species on one small planet whirling in a galaxy in the universe. Fighting over borders and skin color is as absurd and ugly as it gets. Humans are insane.

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  19. "What then must we do?" How many times have I asked that this year? I'm afraid we can only do tiny things, and more afraid that not doing our tiny things will allow us to slide right down into the abyss. I did one secret tiny thing this week that I've not shared with anyone except Tom, a daughter, and the person who is helped by the tiny thing. I need to find more tiny things to do. Also, I love looking at your minus tide and nature-walk pictures. The little frog cradled in the equisetum (previous post) made me smile! Thank you for that <3

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