Posts Tagged ‘seaside


180/2011 another lost pier

180/2011 another lost pier, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

A sad sight in Hastings. Walked down to the seafront, looking forward to seeing the familiar old pier from the late 19th century. But, instead, found the burnt remains, and the whole place locked and chained up. Much the same fate as the old Brighton Pier that I photographed in December.

Heard that this one caught fire last October, and although some young boys have been questioned about it, the real cause is still unknown. How tragic that the fire occurred just after a major decision on reconstruction to restore the iconic attraction. Local residents don’t believe they will have their pier back again. What a loss of Hastings, and English seaside history!

I’m just hoping now that my favourite pier of them all will be safe!


170/2011 by the sea

170/2011 by the sea, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

The English Channel is never still. Today, with the blustery winds, the waves were almost terrifying. So different from the calm and quiet waters of Finland!

I believe in the therapeutic powers of nature. The sound of the sea, gently lapping ashore, or roaring like a beast, always calms me down. As does this view – one of my favourites along the south coast of England: the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs.


#361 looking for new horizons

361/365 looking for new horizons, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

The end of the year is the time for taking stock of the one just passed, and looking ahead towards new challenges and adventures. I know already that there will be some big changes to my job description next year, which I’m looking forward to very much.

The new year may bring stormy winds at times, but hopefully the pink in the horizon heralds good things to come, too.

I just love the sound of the waves along the English coast!


#137 evening by the sea

137/365 evening by the sea, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Calm after a short thunderstorm, our shores of the Baltic Sea give a promise of the pleasures of summer ahead.

A wooden jetty by the sea or lake, where the only sounds you hear are just gently lapping water and various birds, is the perfect place to unwind and meditate. I wish I could have stayed there forever.


#76 hurry up summer!

076/365 hurry up summer!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Got this picture walking down to the sea from my car at my winter swimming place. The sun had just set, but had still left an ever so slight reddish glow in the sky. This hut was there surrounded by snow, totally deserted with a cover of snow on its roof, too. It was all very quiet and still – well, frozen!

I long to see people changing into their swimming costumes inside the hut, children screaming and playing in the water – all free from ice, the sun shining and butterflies fluttering around… I long to see, smell, hear, touch and taste SUMMER! I am tired of winter…


#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!


July 2020

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