Sunday, February 19, 2012

February Afternoon on the Beach


The wind bites hard as I step onto the beach. I stop, pull up my hood and Tim offers to do the snaps for me. We walk, head down into the wind. Waves rush upon the shore in a loose meringue, then deflate and retreat. My heels dig deep into the loose sand and I think virtuously of what a good workout this is. 


A tangle of bull kelp, bleached yellow, lies forsaken under a driftwood log. One red arbutus stick waits lonely on the wet sand until the next high tide when it will again be carried off to float elsewhere. A tug boat chugs through the choppy water, the sound of its engine lost in the rush of waves and wind. Sere, faded grasses scratch against each other above the beach. I would stop and check their bases for any hint of green renewal, but I'm too cold. I pick up sea glass, white and green, smoothed by the tumbling water. 


Home again for tea and chocolate. The scent of chicken roasting in the oven dispels any lingering trace of chill. I am replete with contentment.


Linking to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Mary of the Little Red House.



27 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

AAahhh sea glass! It's rare to find sea glass on our beaches here in Florida! Wonderful photos! ♥♥♥

Carol said...

Great shots, looks like a wonderful day at the beach and then home to a very nice treat! I love the smell of roast chicken, so homey.
Have a great week.

Pondside said...

It really was a good day for a beach walk. We stayed home and had fun around the burn barrel! There's a chicken roasting for dinner at 7, with vegetables roasting alongside. Great minds think alike....

BailiwickStudio said...

Wonderful mosaic! One of my favorite things to do is walk on the beach on a winter's day. ::Jill

Ima Weed said...

I felt the cold here in KY, just wish I could have seen the sights you have shown.

Bettyann said...

beautiful mosaic..lovely words to describe your walk...we did a walk out here in Langley today...brisk wind here also..have a good Monday..

Rajesh said...

Wonderful set of images from the beach arranged nicely.

Nadege, said...

A beautiful arrangement of these lovely images.

Andrea Dawn said...

I always enjoy your mosaics, Lorrie, and your words paint a picture as vivid as those taken by your camera.

Vee said...

Very chilly looking and beautiful. The blues are particularly wonderful. Glad that you had a hot meal waiting for you at home. It sounds like the perfect way to end a cold walk.

Jann Olson said...

Oh to walk on the beach, what a joy! Hubby and I only get to do this when vacationing. My daughter gave me some cute earrings made from sea glass. Wonderful what a bit of sand and water can do to a piece of broken glass.
Hugs,
Jann

Teacup-In-The-Garden said...

Great!
Have a wonderful week,
Markus

imquilternity said...

I feel like I'm there with you.

eileeninmd said...

What a great day, a walk on the beach and finding some sea glass. Love the photos and mosaic. Have a Happy week!

Maggie said...

Like you I love beach walks, whatever the weather. Great shots of the flotsam & jetsam washed up by the waves.

Carole said...

Tu as de la chance de te promener au bord de la mer ! ça me manque beaucoup et vu mon niveau de fatigue, ça me ferait beaucoup de bien ! Tes photos sont magnifiques (comme d'habitude).
Bonne semaine !

My Little Home and Garden said...

One of my favourite things about childhood was playing outside in the cold and coming indoors to the aroma of my mom's roast in the oven. Your chicken would have been just the thing after a chilly, but beautiful, walk.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

What a pretty and calm beach. We don't see much driftwood on the Jersey Shore or seaglass any more. There is something so very serene in the colors of these pictures...just lovely!

materfamilias said...

Beautiful. Thank you. . .

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Sigh! We should all walk on the beach...at least on occasion.

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Lorrie,

Wow! We are beach tuned...
While organizing my studio I found a bag full of sea shells and driftwood I collected while visiting Vancouver.



Gabriela

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I could feel the breeze and smell the salty seas along with you. V

Friko said...

I would really have loved to join you. It's just the sort of bracing walk I like. The hills are not quite the same. The wind takes your breath away and I'm left panting uphill.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

This makes me long to get in the car and take a ride over to the beach and yet, alas...it is at least a 12 hour deive to the nearest one~

Jill Harrison said...

wonderful imagery in both your words and images - just wonderful - so do you do a lot of creative writing? You should! You have a way with words. Just lovely. The beach can be a wonderful place in winter, as you have shown us.
Have a wonderful week and thank you so much for stopping by my blog to say hi.

Sheila said...

What a fantastic day to walk along the beach on a day like you describe so poetically. It really is a workout to walk along those stones in a strong wind. I'm sorry it wasn't warmer for you...I enjoyed the armchair walk!

Barbara said...

It looks cold and very atmospheric.