#31 on the edge

031/365 on the edge, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

“Wherever there’s an edge, there’s energy. Make a photo where two things meet: land-water, land-sky, etc.”

This Sunday Challenge made me drive to the sea today. I was lucky to catch a glimpse of the sun, which only came out for about 5 minutes this afternoon! The temperature was up a bit, so the seashore was thawing, and people stayed safely on land. Some energetic winter swimmer ladies were our on the jetty – you can just about see them in the distance.

I started thinking about water and the sea, which are very important elements in my life. I prefer living near some water, whether it’s a river, a lake or the sea. Turku, my present home town, is perfect, since there is a river that flows through the town, and the seaside is only 5-10 minutes away, too.

Nevertheless, I miss the infinity of the sea sometimes. You see, off our coast is the unique archipelago with thousands of islands, so we never see the vast open sea here. Naturally, the archipelago has its own magical charm, especially in summer, but the mystery of the great beyond and the roaring sounds are missing.

I love the Channel coast in Eastbourne, my husband’s home town in England. I could sit for hours there on the pebbly beach, and just listen to the sound of the waves and let my mind be carried away. It’s quite hypnotic! I always start imagining what’s on the other side of the sea. In England, on very clear days, you can just about see the coast of France in the horizon. The Pacific holds cherished memories for me – looking out in Santa Monica, California and picturing distant, exotic, totally unknown Japan back in 1997.  And then being lucky enough to stand on the Japanese shore in Hokkaido, in 2004, looking out towards America. I must have been an explorer or a pirate in my previous life!

My longing for the sea has also made me particularly enjoy seeing @colemama’s pictures from the Gulf coast in Florida. They really inspire all my senses, and I can almost hear the wonderful sounds of the sea just by looking at them. Just look at this one from today, for example!

4 Responses to “#31 on the edge”

  1. January 31, 2010 at 22:15

    This is stunning. I have never lived near the sea (though I am in a city with a river). I like the way you describe the difference between living in a place where you can see what is in the distance vs one where the water seems to be infinite.

  2. 2 sinikka
    January 31, 2010 at 23:34

    There seems to be a spell in water that keeps pulling me back if I’m ever stranded inland for too long. We lived in America, Virginia, for a year, and every so often we would drive to the Atlantic coast just to hear the sounds and feel the sea air.

  3. February 8, 2010 at 03:12

    This is a stunning photo. I’ve never seen so much ice. And the pink sun/clouds gives just enough colour to the cold surrounds.

    I grew up 5 minutes from the beach in South Africa. I then lived in London for almost 15 years and missed the ocean so much!

    Now I live in Melbourne, Australia and go to the beach as often as possible!

  4. 4 sinikka
    February 8, 2010 at 16:47

    Thank you DelBoy, we sure have a lot of ice and snow this year. I can imagine how you must have missed the ocean in London – I feel the same if I have to be away from the sea for long. You must be happy in Melbourne now!

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