October 16, 2010

Ocean Of Steel.

One of my greatest passions is the ocean. I have written about the Nordic Sea numerous times in the past, yet I feel my words can never adequately convey its true appeal.
There is so much beauty that is locked into the waters of the sea, one that can be enjoyed throughout the seasons and in any weather.

The autumn sea harbors a melancholic beauty, that despite the rough surf creates a sense of tranquility. I drive by the ocean every day on my way to work, in fact, the moment the blue waters appear in my view is the absolute highlight of my drive. Still, to walk the same shore is a privilege I enjoy only on rare occasions.  And one of those occurred the other day.

What I love most about the ocean is the fact that it is constant, yet forever shifting. Each wave hitting the shore is new, bringing with it a sense of renewal and the feel of unrestricted freedom. As the weather patterns pass above the bay through the seasons, the surf can alter colour, anything from turquoise and green through azure blue, signifying summer and sun, slowly moving into dark green and the colour of liquid mercury, when the winds change and easterly breeze brings the hint of arctic cold, as the year is closing towards its end.

Such is the state of our sea right now. It comes across as powerful and wild.
As I walked along the shore, facing the weak sun shining from a hazy sky, the cold wind disrupted the steel coloured surface gently, however persistently, forcing me to wrap my jacket around ever so tightly. Despite the cold, I enjoyed the freshness and the scent of the clean, salty air.

That simple pleasure of a mid autumn walk along the autumn sea instigates a sense of purification and in itself almost a renewal. This in such a contrast to the fact that everything in nature is slowly winding down, preparing for its imminent winter rest.




28 comments :

Brian Miller said...

oh i bet that was nice...the taste in the air...i wish we lived closer to a beach...have a wonderful weekend zuzana

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Ocean of wishes for a joyful weekend my dear friend Zuzana!

Loz said...

And we are in the midst of a record cold snap and wild weather which is typical for our Spring.

Thanks for visiting me too :)

Julie Hibbard said...

I love the thought of it being constant but ever shifting. So very much like life. I, too, see the ocean every day, but VERY rarely go touch it. I might just do that today.
Have a great weekend, my friend.

ladyfi said...

Your photos have captured the changing beauty of the sea.

tony said...

It Is A Regret To Me That I Live So Far (60 miles) from The Sea.
Yes! The Sea Is The Ultimate Solution :)
Have A Fine Weekend Zuzana.I hope it is as sunny where you are as it is with me today.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

What you wrote about the sea seems to perfectly express my feelings. Thank you!

Yesterday we closed our little seaside cottage in the midst of 60 mph winds, seas that crested at about 15 feet and slammed into the waves, seas that cradled loons, eiders, black ducks, and more. I said good bye to the sea and wished it well.

Sending love,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Kath said...

beautifully written as ever Zuzana.

Susan Deborah said...

"constant, yet forever shifting" -- These words hold true for humans as well. The sea always fascinates me and I am forever mesmerised by its stillness, rage, beauty and depth.

Zuzana, as I always say, nature and its many facets are explored intricately and beautifully by you.

Hope your weekend is joyous and lovely.

Mountains of joy to you,
Susan

steviewren said...

Zuzana, your love of nature and the sea is evident in all of your posts. You are so fortunate to have such changing beauty at your doorstep.

Right outside my door this month, we've had the most glorious deep blue October skies. Everyday has been a paintbox of color.

You are right, we should enjoy the beauty of the season while it lasts.

Hilary said...

How I'd love to live by an ocean. You love for your surroundings sure shines through.

adrielleroyale said...

Again, I love it and can relate to that wonderful fresh feeling of standing by the sea. I've only had the privilege such a few times, but the memories of those stick with me. Brilliant photography too, capturing the cold steel next to the warm sun. I am still working on that art :)

Elizabeth said...

Arrived in the Netherlands. No beach walks for me but I do have your beautiful pictures to enjoy with all my heart and soul. Next week I will be home again, living on an island has its advantages and the sea is definitely one of them. Enjoy her for me too.

Have fun.

Mimi said...

Oh zuzana, I totally agree with you about oceans and renewal. Just looking at them seems to give energy, vibrancy. Maybe it's the ever-moving thing.
Your pictures are beautiful, love the postcard collage in particular.

GrandmaK said...

Oceans of steel indeed. I'd not thought of it in that light but they do cast a steely light. A light that underscores this strength and power. Wishing you well! Cathy

Just_because_today said...

the ocean has a twofold affect on me. It scares me. When I think about its depth, its force, its omnipotence...it scares me but I love to wake up to its sound. I love to walk by its side. Last April I had a moment like that, a moment when I let the water hit my legs and felt so happy to be there.
I live far from the ocean so whenever I see it is normally a vacation.

sprinkles said...

Your pictures are beautiful as always. I don't enjoy large bodies of water generally. I think I must've drowned in another life or something because I'm deathly afraid of water and never learned to swim.

Thanks for your well wishes about my schooling. I haven't started yet though, I won't start until January.

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Betsy said...

unrestricted freedom...what a perfect way to describe the ocean and it's waves. I love it...but only get to experience it in person every 2 years or so.

(Scribe816) said...

The oceans are where life originated, so it is quite natural to feel such a kinship.

Tony Single said...

Zuzana, I would so love to live by the sea. Any time I have ever looked out on the sea's horizon, it has felt like eternity to me. Beautiful, very spiritual feeling really. :)

Jannie Funster said...

I think a steel ocean is the very best kind.

I am in love with the ocean too, always have been. I really miss it. But at least we have a river here.

Each and every photo here was a gift to my eyes. Thank you.

Lynne said...

How lovely to be able to walk along the shore. We used to be able to do that whenever we fancied it. But now we live too far away, shame.
Hope your weekend was a good one.

LadyCat said...

You photos are so beautiful! It would be so nice to live by the sea as you do. I very much enjoyed the time I have spent near the ocean : )

SandyCarlson said...

Experiencing the sea on a daily basis must be wonderful. Must be hard to keep going to work and not turn off the motorway and go play! I would struggle with that. Your sea is gorgeous.

Rajesh said...

I agree with you. The vastness, beauty of the ocean never tiers one.

jeannette said...

To me oceans span the seasons -they don't change like trees:)

Claus said...

Is it my eyes, or do the colors change according to season?! It's so interesting to see the changes it goes through, yet how always magnificent it looks. You are so lucky, Zuzana, to live to close to the ocean!!
have a pretty day.

Zuzana said...

Brian, Philip, Loz, Julie, ladyfi, tony, Sharon, Kath, Susan, Stevie, Hilary, adrielle, Elizabeth, Mimi, Cathy, Myriam, sprinkles, Betsy, Scribe, Tony, Janine (welcome), Lynne, LadyCat, Sandy, Rajesh, jeannette and Claudia; I am so glad you enjoyed the images of the Scandinavian autumn sea and the sentiments that the open waters instigate.

I am always looking forward to your kind comments and at all times enjoy your kind visits. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Xoxo
Zuzana