the sun, the sea and the sand

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Yesterday was one of those days when the light and the wind-sculpted sand were a very special treat.

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I became absorbed with the created abstracts…

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Someday, perhaps, cumulative piecemeal reforms will be found to have brought about revolutionary change. Such reforms might someday produce a presently unimaginable non market economy, and much more widely distributed powers of decision making. […] But in the meantime, we should not let the abstractly described best be the enemy of the better. We should not let speculation about a totally changed system, and a totally different way of thinking about human life and affairs, replace step-by-step reform of the system we presently have. 
― Richard M. RortyAchieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America

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There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” 
― Pablo Picasso

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When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.”
― Albert Einstein

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different patterns where the sand had more moisture

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Money is human happiness in the abstract; and so the man who is no longer capable of enjoying such happiness in the concrete, sets his whole heart on money.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

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He never understood why she chose him. She only loved abstract things like music and books and strange words. Ove was a man entirely filled with tangible things. He liked screwdrivers and oil filters. He went through life with his hands firmly shoved into his pockets. She danced. ‘You only need one ray of light to chase all the shadows away,’ she said to him once, when he asked her why she had to be so upbeat the whole time. 
― Fredrik BackmanA Man Called Ove

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It’s no wonder we don’t defend the land where we live. We don’t live here. We live in television programs and movies and books and with celebrities and in heaven and by rules and laws and abstractions created by people far away and we live anywhere and everywhere except in our particular bodies on this particular land at this particular moment in these particular circumstances.”
― Derrick JensenEndgame, Vol. 2: Resistance

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40 thoughts on “the sun, the sea and the sand

    • Thanks a whole bunch, Scott. Glad you enjoyed the post. It doubles my pleasure to hear that. Also relieved that folks didn’t think I’d been up on my soapbox with the quotes! 😀

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  1. Wow, you took off with this one! The images are just beautiful. Do I have a favorite? The cumulative effect is great, but maybe #’s 1, 6, 7, 8, and 9. 🙂 The final quote was brought more to my attention than usual recently when I went to Deception Pass at sunset and heard some disappointed murmurs because the sun went down behind a rock and there weren’t clouds – concepts from TV getting in the way of direct experience, so sad. Wonderful post, Gunta, looking forward to more abstracts, when you see them.

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    • Thank you, Lynn. It means a lot that you enjoyed this set. It was a nice change from wandering the woods. I’m waiting with bated breath to see the waterscapes through your eyes. Or perhaps what bare feet might do to it? If someone would only open an espresso bar… I looked it up, Dunkin’ Donuts now serves it. O_o

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      • 🙂 Oh, it’s not that there isn’t any espresso (you’re so sweet to check!), it’s just that it isn’t as carefully made as what I got used to in and around Seattle. Believe me, there are Starbucks here, and independent espresso/coffee places, but they don’t make as satisfying a drink. It’s a trade-off I’m willing to make! As for bare feet in the water, I doubt I’ll be doing that much, given the cold temps and rocky beaches. It’s going to take me a while to figure out how I might photograph water scenes here beyond simple snapshot-type views. Challenges are good.

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        • I think you missed the tongue in cheek a bit… you mentioned (in your latest post, I think) about walking out of the house barefoot! And then… I was shocked and amused that Dunkin’ Donuts actually offers espresso. I know all too well that there are things you give up by moving away from the big city… or save some of them for those special occasions, but IMHO it’s well worth the sacrifice. I can almost picture what you might make of water scenes. I’m sure you’ll find a way to add your special touch for our enjoyment and I’m looking forward to it. 😀

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    • We didn’t get past the point that sticks out getting closer to Hunter Cove. Going around that bend subjected us to sand blasting that felt like a face peel. Then the better weather comes along and there are footprints everywhere. Not to mention the human waste (literally) that’s been left along the path. Alas! Even Gold Beach is starting to show signs of overcrowding. 😦

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  2. Fabulous seascapes, Gunta, and your images are spellbinding. The details are all there if we look for them but so few do. Interesting quotes too. 🙂 🙂 Many thanks to you.

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    • Thanks, Nick. I’m truly glad you liked that first image. Come summertime, the winds shift and start blowing out of the north, sometimes annoying the tourists because it’s not all calm, sunny and warm. At times those winds can blow pretty strong and it means getting sandblasted. We just discovered this section of beach at the end of a cove near our house. It’s a bit challenging to get down there, but the formations created by the wind were pretty amazing. I don’t know if it’s always like that. The sand particles are super fine there, while other beaches have sand that’s noticeably coarser. I’m finding all this variation quite fascinating. I haven’t quite gotten my head around how all those hills and gullies get formed, but it’s fun trying to imagine it.

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  3. I love wind-sculptured sand and I love dune plants and wild grasses. You have brought them together so fantastically, and so much to think about re abstractions vs the material and how the shifting sands cross such boundaries and confound such notions. The quotations are all intriguing and I will be following up on some of the texts you quote from. Thank you.

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  4. Stunning images, Gunta.
    You’ve captured the abstract nature of the sand perfectly.
    I love that last quote by Derrick Jensen. Absolutely perfect description of the way most people live today.

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    • Seems to be the ones that fall into place easily come out the best. It’s certainly a thrill when all the elements seem to fall together without hardly trying.

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  5. Fantastic series of beach images, Gunta. The light, the patterns in the sand and the dunes lines are captivating and I love that you’ve interspersed the images of flowers and grasses. Your quotes and excerpts pair beautifully.

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    • Thanks, Jane. I was utterly captivated by the light and the patterns in the sand. The flowers were along the rather intimidating path down to the beach… the contrast a distinct part of the experience. 😀

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