“Smell the sea, and feel the sky
let your soul & spirit fly.”
How appropriate that this week’s challenge should be The Sea. As many of you know, I am about to leave the beautiful beaches of my island home for an exciting adventure in China. Our proximity to Kiawah’s ocean, shown above on a lovely moonlit evening, is one of the things I miss most when my husband and I travel.
“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.”
Beautiful though it may be, our beach is a bit steamy in mid-summer, so this past July we journeyed to Michigan’s Mackinac Island. I was amazed at how similar it was to the Caribbean, complete with waves, sandy beaches, and turquoise waters. Above, the water splashes against the window of our jet boat ferry as we speed by the Mackinac Bridge.
“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too.”
Vincent Van Gogh
I’ve been fortunate to experience some of the sea’s many faces around the world. Some examples include the Patagonian Sea off the coast of Chile (above), and the brilliant turquoise of the Adriatic in Dubrovnik (below).
“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.”
Here, the jagged coastline of Spain’s Costa Brava, flowering in mid-September,
“What an incomparable creature is the sea!”
As compared with a calm moment of twilight in the fishing village of Kinsale, Ireland.
“I need the sea because it teaches me.”
And finally, a summer paddle on the South China Sea off of the coast of Hoi An, Vietnam.
“The sea answers all questions, and always in the same way.”
The lesson, of course, is that unless we leave the comforts of home we will never experience firsthand the many wonders the world has to offer. So, with that in mind, we’re off on our China adventure. While we’re away I have no idea what to expect in terms of internet access but I’ll try to check in on my friends in the blogosphere when I can. If not, catch you next month!
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