The Shore is an Experience. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl
Contact with calm and serenity
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There are spaces at the shore, more on islands than on the mainland, where there is something special. This is the place where there is a buffer between the land and the shore. It is often untouched and gives us a glimpse of how things were before development.
These places between land and ocean are special. You will find them covered in grasses and flowering plants. They have the smells of honeysuckle and rose mixed with salt air and ever-changing light. The breeze gives these places a gentle whisper of sound at the grasses sway that lulls the body into calm. In the distance, there is the sound of waves coming ashore, enhancing the serenity in these places.
These places are also necessary. As the tides rise and fall and rains come, they are like giant sponges. They protect us from flooding. They raise the water tables and filter water in the area.
If you are near the shore, find these places. They will reward you with a joy and peace that will sustain you. They emphasize that the shore is more than looking at the beach or the water and waves. The shore is an experience of sight, sound, and scent that permeates the entire region. Find these areas that complete the shore. Take a moment. Take a look around, smells the scents, hear the sounds, study the light, and feel the air. For those moment in time, you will understand calm. And that memory of the calm of the shore will sustain you.
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