Lens-Artists Challenge #163 – Keep Walking
“Life is a summer, full of fun. At the beach, under the sun.”Debasish Mridha
This past week after nearly two years I was happily participating in a family reunion at Bethany Beach, Delaware (shown above). Although I’d seen one or two of my family members, I’d not seen most of them in nearly two years due to COVID precautions. Everyone made a major effort to gather, such that when all was said and done there were 24 of us, including my husband and me, my four brothers and their spouses, their children and their grandchildren (6 of whom are under the age of 5). So, in response to Amy’s “Keep Walking” challenge, I’ve decided to share some images from a fun walk my husband and I took one afternoon to explore the nearby attractions.
“Beaches are God’s poetry.”Steven Maraboli
My opening image captures the crowds sharing their spots in the sand as the ocean’s calm and the day’s heat combine to delight them. As someone used to Kiawah’s wide open beach and limited smattering of people, I’m always amazed at the crowds in more populated areas. Parking is a precious commodity, so many residents and visitors use the jitney busses such as I’ve shown above to move more easily from place to place.
“In every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.”Rachel Carons
Clearly the residents of the area take great pride in their homes, many of which are seasonal rentals. I was enchanted as we walked by the white picket fence shown above with its beautiful flowers gracing one of many such homes. The town is small and quiet for the better part of a year, until summer’s visitors arrive to swell the population exponentially.
“There can’t possibly be anything more beautiful than a seaside Beach at sunset.”Bryn McCarren
As sunset approached and the day’s hot sand no longer burnt one’s feet, several visitors took to the beach to fly kites. I loved the one featured in my image above, a whirling, swirling octopus which reminded several of us of Harry Potter’s “dementors”. Fans of the series will know exactly what I mean by that 😊.
“There is no place like the beach… where the land meets the sea and the sea meets the sky”Umair Siddiqui
After four full days of driving and four days of chaotic family fun, my husband and I returned to walk the beach on Kiawah (below). I was only a bit facetious with my “Kiawah Crowd” title on the image. As this is the final week before Labor Day, the “unofficial” end of the summer season, there are a few more people than I’ve shown, but not many LOL!.
“Walk along in that wide, peaceful, whispering hush of the sea that gives every sound, near or far, some mysterious importance.”Thomas Mann
I hope you’ve enjoyed my little walk and encourage you to visit Amy’s much more exotic and beautiful examples in her original “Keep Walking” post here. Remember to link to her post and to use the Lens-Artists Tag to help us all find you.
Finally, sincere thanks for your amazing response to last week’s “It’s All About the Light” challenge. I cannot imagine a more diverse and compelling display of the incredible affect of light in photography. Speaking of which, we hope you’ll join us next week when we’re honored to have Sofia Alves of Photographias joining us as Guest Host. Her theme will be “Looking Up/Down”. Be sure to use the link to check out her beautiful and always-interesting blog. Until then, please stay safe and be kind.