February 16, 2012

Shores In Snow.

I love the sea.
I love so many things about this wide body of blue, but I guess most of all I relish in that endless variation that a view of the ocean offers at all times. The sea is never the same and those who live at its shores will confirm this fact with certainty.

The beaches of the North Sea must be the most pristine ones I have ever laid my eyes upon. There is so much raw beauty in the powerful surf, as the rollers of icy cold water sweep over the sandy shoreline, spraying salty aerosol high into the air.

I have now had the privilege to witness the manifestation of this rough sea in three seasons and each seems to try to outdo the previous one when it comes to power and beauty. On our recent visit, once again stunning natural opulence greeted me.

It was a sunny day and the almost two-hundred minutes increase in our daylight produced a hue of platinum and no longer gold. The snow covered sand resembled a dried up salt lake bed, reflecting the abundant sunshine. The mist was rising at the horizon, erasing the border between earth and sky, instigating a sense of continuity. The sea itself moved forcefully, yet it swept over the shores in slow motion, as the deep freeze kept its consistency so close to land on the borderline between liquid and ice, creating slushy pools.

Okra, platinum, steel, sea foam and indigo - those were the words resonating within as I gazed at the colours surrounding us. The vital sun warmed our faces, the salty air purified our souls and the distant roar of the winter ocean cleared our perception and I once again found novel reasons for why I love the sea.





27 comments :

Elisabeth said...

Stunning images, Zuzana. It's not surprising you love the sea. It's obvious, from how you describe and photograph it. Such beauty and the blue is wonderful.

Rahul Bhatia said...

Lovely pictures and write up on North Sea!

Ruby said...

I have always been fascinated by the sea and the majestic, never ending roar of the oceans that always echo the emotions of our heart. Very picturesque images. Cheers, Ruby

Lynne said...

The sea is truly magnificent. I miss it. And of course the sea close to home in the UK is the North Sea.

ladyfi said...

The clarity, the beauty, the singing colours in these shots - all stunning!

Alberto Hugo Rojas said...

very beautiful images
snow and blue sky
thanks for this gift Zuzana
each new post is a gift

Brian Miller said...

lovely pictures...i love the sea as well...the rhythm of its roll and the salt in the air, ah i can taste it....so much texture in a trip to the sea....

Becky~ said...

Gorgeous photos.Makes me long for the beach.The smell,the sound...its mesmerizing.Not to long from now it will be the first trip back this year.I cant wait.

Have a lovely day,Blessings!

MarieHarmony said...

Your photos are gorgeous Zuzana! I understand your love for the sea, as I feel the sane attraction to it at all seasons.
Nature and its wonders will amaze me always.
Have a great day! xoxo

elaine rickett said...

I would love to live by the sea and have always been drawn to it, seeing it through your eyes was wonderful.

Margie said...

The sea is magical how it can draw us into is beauty, but has a scary side as well when it becomes moody and rough. I love being by the sea, ocean or lakes. It is good for my soul. Beautiful Zuzana!

Myrna R. said...

Zuzana, the photos are so dramatic, I feel like I'm there. So much beauty is almost overwhelming.

My last vacation was to the ocean. I learned to love it and I can understand your attraction. Thanks for posting these.

Hope you're having a good day.

Elizabeth said...

One of those powerful things we have in common, our love of the sea.

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

I just realized that I have never seen the sea in winter. When I visit it is always hot and swimming weather. Your photos are really different to me Zuzana. So beautiful.

laoi gaul~williams said...

beautiful...i love the sea and miss not living a stones throw away from it.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots. I just love standing in the water when the waves come and hit.

Mimi said...

Gorgeous pics. It's very seldom we (in Ireland) see snow on the sand; we did last year!
I love the sea too, I find if my head needs clearing that a walk at the sea always does it. It's as though it can put everything in perspective. Its greatness and magnificence makes me realise what tiny creatures we are, in comparison to the universe.

Joanna Jenkins said...

So beautiful. It's easy to see why you love these beaches so much.
xo jj

Rowan said...

Those are amazing photos, what a beautiful place you live in.

adrielleroyale said...

Stunning images and descriptive words as always my friend! I hope I can see it myself someday!! :)

steviewren said...

I am awestruck by the beauty of your North Sea surroundings! The colors are pure and clean. Your descriptions are so clear that I can feel the spray and smell the salt.

A Plain Observer said...

stunning and gorgeous. Reading you I feel the urge to get on a plane for a weekend and spend it there.

Michael Manning said...

The sea is beautiful through your photos, Zuzana. I enjoy the smell of the ocean in Florida. I was once at The Black Sea in Europe. xoxo!

Hope your weekend was especially nice! :)

Jerry said...

The sea with snow is a combination that I am not used to seeing -- and it is compelling. You are where you belong. Physically and emotionally/

Rustique Gal said...

Oh, Zuzana! Your images are simply stunning, as is your writing. I feel like I'm there. Spring seems to have come here in FEBRUARY, but we can't trust that here. March could be a bear! Hope you are enjoying your ski vacation!
Hugs,
Sherry

Hilary said...

Absolutely beautiful.

Darla said...

Wow, I am in awe of these photos...spectacular!