I have always loved the beach. The smell of salty water, the wind in my face, the gentle roar of the waves all combine to create a sense of peace and calm.
What early memories of the beach or water-related adventures do you have? My earliest memories, literally, are of the ocean when, at age 2, I got lost from my parents while I was digging on the beach. I kept "running out of sand" so I kept moving on down the beach. The story has a happy ending since an aunt who was parked a few yards (miles?) down the beach saw me and carried me back to my frantic parents.
Growing up on Long Island (New York) as I did, I spent many days at the beach with my cousins. I quickly learned to time the waves and jump them, or later, body surf, and when to outrun the monster waves which were abundant on Fire Island when the tide was right. But the beach always represented fun and adventure for me. Here's a short list of beachy things etched in my memory bank.
- Sand so hot it burned my feet
- Miles of storm fencing
- White lifeguard stands dotting the beaches with those ominous flags that told us whether or not we could swim
- Smelly bath houses (Might as well tell it like it was.)
- Seaweed entangled about my ankles
- Jelly fish --- ewwwwwww!
- Tuna salad sandwiches on French rolls seasoned with the salt and sand of the beach (Is there anything better?)
- Our favorite take-along beverage in big thermos jugs, grape juice mixed with lemonade Oh, my! The pause that refreshed.
These days I live in a landlocked state, no quick trips to the ocean side for me. (Kim and Carol - you're eating my heart out!) Now it takes advance planning and a drive of many miles to get there, nevertheless, like the ancient sea turtles, we return to the sea each year. (You can read a bit more about this at my personal blog, Camper.)
Don't grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.
-- Michelle Held
This brings us full circle to my original question: What early memories of the beach or water-related adventures do you have?
By now you've guessed that this post has nothing to do with photography, and that's okay. What I hope I've done is stir some of your cherished, long-forgotten childhood memories of water adventures, wherever that might have been, in a pool, a lake, an ocean. Even the bathtub if you must. But come on over to the comment page and share with us some of your special water memories.
While you're at it, don't forget to trot on over to our Flickr page to post (and label) your "water" photos. We've had some absolutely sublime water photos this month. Choosing the "In Focus" feature has been a challenge because all of the photos you've contributed are outstanding.
The "Water" theme will continue through Friday so please add some more of your masterpieces to our Flickr page.