Lens-Artists Challenge #56, Seascapes

“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.”

Kate Chopin

beach umbrella under clouds


This week’s challenge, Seascapes, comes at an opportune time for me. My husband and I have just returned from our annual family reunion in Bethany Beach, Delaware. Those of us in the eastern US were suffering through a serious heat wave (although I think Europe’s current wave is a bit worse) and the beach was one of the more tolerable places to be. In the image above, a small family stayed behind to watch the clouds close in as most everyone else had left for the day.

beach crowded with umbrellas


“When life gives you happiness deficiency try adding Vitamin SEA to your travels.”

Aakash Nand

My opening image notwithstanding, the beach was as crowded as any I’ve ever seen. I was only able to shoot part of the scene, but the beach umbrellas were 5 or 6 deep and literally touching each other as far as the eye could see. The sun was simply too hot even for beachgoers, and many more people ventured into the water than usual.

lighthouse on Maine coast


“The serenity of the lulling ocean is a wondrous thing to behold”

Oksana Rus

Earlier this summer we attended a family wedding in Bar Harbor, Maine. There the coastline is extremely rocky, necessitating lighthouses such as the one above. 

Fog over Bar Harbon


“The ocean mist engulfs me, like a lifetime’s friendship honored.”

Sanober Khan

A dense fog enveloped us early one morning as cool air met summer’s warmth across the harbor. I loved the depth of color as green met blue from our window high above.



“I am drawn to the ocean; I find solace in its mystery.”

Joe Dunthorne

Meanwhile, back home on Kiawah the sunsets deliver far different color. It’s amazing really that despite all of today’s images having come from the Atlantic Ocean and the east coast of the US, they could not be more different – each place having a beauty all its own.



“I will find comfort in the rhythm of the sea.”

Charlotte Eriksson

Sunny or stormy, morning or evening, high or low tide, rough or calm – the sea is ever-changing. It’s power is immense, its beauty unrivaled. It can calm the darkest of moods and bring peace to the most injured of hearts. Painters paint it, photographers shoot it, poets praise it. Adventurers have challenged it and sailors have joyfully ridden the wind on its waves.



“Surely the sea must somehow belong to the happiness of every child.”

Iris Murdoch

Covering over 70% of our earth, the sea significantly influences our climate and the quality of our air. It is the source of half of the world’s oxygen and much of the world’s food. Let us remember to treat it with respect as we work to undo the damage we humans have done these past decades.

Many thanks to Amy for the opportunity to explore the magic of the sea. Click here to see her original challenge, and remember to tag your post Lens-Artists to help us all find you. Last but not least, remember to check back right here at Travels and Trifles next week for Challenge #57.





125 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #56, Seascapes

  1. The uncrowded beach in #1 is my choice versus the crowded beach in #2. Better yet, to keep the crowd, hangout on the beach on a foggy day, like in #4. 🙂

    • 😀My choice too David – in fact that spot is 5 minutes’ walk from my home. The others were all shot while traveling. In those cases there were family events we were unwilling to miss despite having to so extensive traveling to get there.

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