“…I have been feeling very clearheaded lately and what I want to write about today is the sea. It contains so many colours. Silver at dawn, green at noon, dark blue in the evening. Sometimes it looks almost red. Or it will turn the color of old coins. Right now the shadows of clouds are dragging across it, and patches of sunlight are touching down everywhere. White strings of gulls drag over it like beads.
It is my favourite thing, I think, that I have ever seen.
Sometimes I catch myself staring at it and forget my duties. It seems big enough to contain everything anyone could ever feel…”
I gotta say…I really love this photo. The water was gloriously rough that day – dark and troubled and wonderful. The sun kept trying to shine through the storm clouds but was fighting a losing battle. I love the ocean before a storm. It makes me feel at peace.
Quote for the Day :
“…I have seen the sea when it is stormy and wild; when it is quiet and serene; when it is dark and moody. And in all its moods, I see myself…”
Last night, after work, I was invited by a colleague to see the beachside exhibit, Sculpture by the Sea. I wasn’t really in the mood to go, but I’m so glad I did. My friend was late and I nearly went home instead of waiting, but I sat in my car, huddled against the cold (what IS going on with our seasons?) and listened to the ocean while I waited for her. Eventually she turned up and we wandered up and down the beach, looking at all the amazing sculptures, with the setting sun as a beautiful backdrop. Seriously, the sky was a bit of a distraction – I couldn’t stop taking photos of it – it was SO gorgeous. The stormy weather only added to the dramatic quality of the sea and the crashing waves.
It was hard to take a bad photo, to be honest. The sky was a million different colours and provided a perfect setting for the sculptures, which ranged from objects made of bronze to a chair made out of feathers.
I have to say, this photo (below) turned out so nicely. Except for the people who just started walking through the shot (bottom right corner). I think it looks like a 70s rock album cover. Can’t you just see it accompanying a Pink Floyd song? And that seagull flying through, just as I snapped the photo? Perfect!
I really, really like this shot too. It looks like something you’d see in an episode of Dr Who or something. Like a portal to another world, with that setting sun aglow behind it.
This one reminded me of something Tim Burton would design…
LOVED this one. Probably because it has dogs in it. But, again, the sky…seriously!
Sharks are a common visitor at Cottesloe…not usually made out of steel though…
I think this was probably one of the most popular sculptures. I didn’t get a great photo of it – if I’d waited until later I might have gotten a much better shot, with nicer colours around and behind it. But it’s still pretty. Wonder if I could go back and steal it for my garden? Don’t you think it would like nice there? 🙂
Now THAT’S a big piece of litter!
I could imagine this one with lots of succulents growing out of it…
Took us ages to see the face in this one. You have to be looking at just the right angle…
These sculptures were pretty awesome. They were like giant alien weeds…
This one reminded me of licorice allsorts, which is probably not
what the artist had in mind…
So, a very worthwhile visit. I am possibly going back on the weekend to see the sculptures I didn’t get around to viewing. There’s also a “small sculptures” section which I want to see as well. If you’re in the vicinity, go and check it all out. It’s on until the 19th March.
I am not very bright. Sometimes I am downright dumb. Case in point : only just discovering this beach, only 10 minutes from my work, when I have been at this job for four years. Four years! I could have been going to the ocean every week for the past four years! What a dufus! Geography, to be fair, has never been my strong suit, and I never drive in the direction of the coast – I am always in a hurry to just get the heck away from work ha ha. I just want to go home at the end of the day.
So, now my walking schedule has taken on a much more pleasant vibe. I LOVE the beach – it is my favourite place to be. I love the sand and the seashells, the water and the sea air. I don’t care that my hair gets messed up or that I get sand everywhere. I actually feel content and happy near the ocean. It is calming and soothing and makes me feel small and safe all at the same time. Plus, it is so beautiful and much nicer to look at than a sidewalk or a road, when exercising.
A brisk, half-hour walk along the beach is restorative and cleansing and great exercise. You feel it in your calves and legs and spirit. And, for some reason, I don’t feel self-conscious at the beach. This may be because there are more scantily-clad ladies around than I, so I don’t feel that anyone is bothering to look at me, wheezing along the shore in my daggy shorts and t-shirt.
I’d like to say I am exercising every day, but I’d be lying. Life isn’t simple or straight forward this year and so free time is not always something I have. But, I am trying to fit in as many walking days as I can. With a location like this, I have no excuse, and I actually look forward to going. I collect shells and take photos, watch the people surfing, and just breathe the fresh air. It’s good for the soul.
I promise to post some crafting things soon – I’ve just been so busy with life and haven’t been able to get stuck into anything creative at all. But I have got a couple of projects in the works and will post them here soon.
“…When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused…”
I am having some time off this week – partly because it is my birthday week, but mostly because I just need a break. Things have been getting on top of me a little – family worries, work stress and friends in trouble – and I just needed to take one of those issues out the equation, at least for a week. I’ve spent some time at the beach and that has helped clear my head a little and calm my frayed nerves. But it can’t make everything go away, or fix everybody for me.
I’ve been trying to be creative and use my time wisely but I have mostly slept a lot and faffed about, not really achieving anything. I haven’t been sleeping at night so I stupidly took a full dose of my sleep medication a couple of nights ago. I haven’t had it in ages (have been trying to wean myself off everything but the absolute essentials) and so it kinda hit me like a tonne of bricks. Yesterday I slept ALL DAY. Terrible. Such a waste of time. Today I am still dopey and a bit spaced out. I’ve been trying to make cards but it has been a difficult process with my eyes not focusing properly and my brain a bit frazzled. I did manage to finish off a couple of jewellery pieces – Lord knows how when I can barely see what I am doing – and so at least the day hasn’t been a total waste.
The colours here remind me of the beach. The turquoise blue of the sea and the pale yellow of the sand and shoreline. My favourite place to be is near the ocean. I hope the eventual owner of this set will feel the same serenity and calm that the sea brings to me.
Sorry for the short post today. Hope you are all happy and well x