Friday, February 24, 2012

Beach Walk

Face into the wind
Cheeks sun-warmed, sand between toes
Essence of beach walk

Hour by hour changes
This February weather
More fickle than March

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Walking on the beach
In the company of Willets,
Bathed in morning sun.

February 20, 2012
Orange Beach, Alabama

Monday, February 20, 2012

After the Storm

West wind whipping flags
Pushing white-capped waves to shore.
Sun shines bright after storms.

Sunday, February 19, 2010
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Perdido Key, Florida

Friday, February 17, 2012

Surf Fishing

Today we were on the beach for the fifteen minutes of sunshine that we've been having each day. We spent a pleasant afternoon surf fishing, but didn't bring in anything for supper.  Surf fishing differs from sitting on the beach because of the possibilities. My observations:

Weather on paper
Weather outside our window.
Not at all the same.

The pleasures of surf fishing:
Sitting still and waiting
Looking toward the vast
empty sea and sky
Worries of life behind me.
Waiting, not in idleness
but with hope and expectation
The music of the surf filling me
Thinking of no more than
 the shape and color of surf foam.
In the stillness finding creation.

Seagull and Me

Wait resolutely
Good morsels will be coming
To the patient ones.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wednesday Images

These two sheepshead will make a fine meal or two. They don't yeild as big a fillet as you would think given their size. The smaller is just over 12 inches. The view from our balcony is lovely.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Alternate February

We're here in Orange Beach for two weeks. I don't think of it as vacation, but as an alternate life. Bill and I have a different rhythm when we are travelling or living at the beach and it is good. On some days I have ample time for reflection and on other days I am busy all day. Each day has it's own blessings. I love to walk on the beach and we have a good location for walking, even though we have to cross the highway.

One day soft ripples,
Pounding, roaring surf the next.
Changling nature sea.

Sunday: north wind, calm sea

Monday: Changing breezes chop the surf

Tuesday: Storms to the south raise the surf, enclose with mist

Tuesday: My pathway to the beach