Wednesday Vignette – ocean musings

Few things are as restorative as a few days at the coast. I can spend hours walking the beach, taking it all in, and I take an absolutely ridiculous amount of photos of sand, rocks, and waves, at different times, in different lights, and from different angles. Laughable, isn’t it? But, doing it makes me happy, so why not? Here are a few favorites from this time around:

Colored pink and turquoise in the setting sun, and the magnificent sound of the sea - I just can't get enough of this.

Colored pink and turquoise in the setting sun, and the magnificent sound of the sea – I just can’t get enough of this. Seeing this made me want to learn to paint with watercolors.

Whole communities of mussels attached to the rocks, constantly pounded by waves, and amazingly resilient. As a scaled comparison, I bet this is like the Eastern sea board during hurricane season.

Whole communities of mussels attached to the rocks, constantly pounded by waves, and amazingly resilient. As a scaled comparison, I bet this is a little like the Eastern sea board during hurricane season – except the mussels are better adapted.

Is it seaweed? Lichen? Algae? Not sure, but attached to the rock, it only gets wet when the tide is high. So until next, inevitable cycle, it is at the mercy of the sun.

Is it seaweed? Lichen? Algae? Not sure, but attached to the rock, it only gets wet when the tide is high. So until the next, inevitable cycle, it is at the mercy of the sun. Nature’s own vertical garden!

It's a harsh, brutal, gorgeous environment. These baby jellyfish are doomed from the beginning, as they were washed ashore.

It’s a harsh, brutal, yet gorgeous environment. These baby jellyfish were doomed from the beginning, as they were washed ashore.

The birds know this, as they wait patiently where the waves land - the sea brings food.

The birds know this, as they wait patiently where the waves land – the sea brings them food.

The barnacles tend to cluster along the fissures in the rocks. From a distance, this creates a pattern that made me think about the art of the Australian Aborigines.

The barnacles tend to cluster along the low-lying areas and fissures in the rocks. From a distance, this creates a pattern that made me think about the art of the Australian Aborigines.

Like actors on a stage, the rocks perform the same play, time and time again. I watch, and every day, I return for more. The Oregon coast is good for my soul.

Like actors on a stage, the rocks perform the same play, over and  over, time and time again. I watch, and every day, I return for more. The Oregon coast is good for my soul.

 

About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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22 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – ocean musings

  1. Pauline says:

    Beautiful photos, I can understand why you want to paint the beautiful scenes created by the sunset and waves. I love watching the waves too, they are mesmerising. I have painted many a seascape with crashing waves on rocks, but in oils not water colour.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Pauline! I’m afraid I wouldn’t do it justice – with any other medium other than maybe photography. But that shouldn’t keep me from trying… right?

  2. FlowerAlley says:

    That first photo was like therapy. The rest were just as potent. You have the eye! Thank you.

  3. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening! says:

    Although I get to the coast much less often than you (being almost equidistant from every body of seawater that touches this country) I do the exact same thing: find joy in just walking, take photos of everything. Wonderful images you’ve captured!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Alan! I have a confession to make… I grew up in an area with tons of lakes, and to this day – despite the riveting magnificence and drama of an ocean – somehow I still identify more with lake country. I think it’s a matter of comfortable scale.

  4. Alison says:

    Some wonderful shots of the seaside, Anna! I’ve never been to the Oregon coast, some day I hope to drag Nigel down there. It’s so beautiful. My Wednesday Vignette is here: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2015/08/wednesday-vignette_12.html

  5. So glad you’re enjoying your vacation! I do the same thing, take more photos than is reasonable.

    My vignette is here: http://plantlust.com/blog/2015/08/august/

  6. Kris P says:

    Every image is a masterpiece, Anna. I relaxed just looking at them. Here are my Wednesday Vignettes: http://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2015/08/wednesday-vignettes-summer-views.html

  7. rickii says:

    I can almost feel the sand between my toes and the cool ocean breezes.
    Here’s mine: http://bannersbyricki.com/archives/4864

  8. Great photos. We don’t have an ocean, but we do have Lake Michigan. It’s big, but not the same in terms of drama. Here’s a contribution. https://gardeninacity.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/curb-appeal/

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Jason! My first summer in the US (when I visited with my grandfather – long before I moved here) was spent near Lake Michigan. I remember marveling at how endless it seemed!

  9. rindymae says:

    Amazingly beautiful. We haven’t been to the beach since our middle kid was one. So almost seven years. Too, too long.

  10. Peter/Outlaw says:

    So beautiful. I can smell he sea air from here!

  11. Thank you, Anna. These pics in and of themselves are restorative. I hope you had a wonderful and WELL-DESERVED vacation with fresh air, gulls, sand and salt water. How wonderful!

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