May 18, 2008

Sea change

The sea at my feet

The first day in Country of Some of My Ancestors, we woke up to a thunderstorm. When the lightning began to subside, we decided to shake off jet lag with a walk along the beach. Waves pounded against the piers that ran out into the sea, and red warning flags flapped from the lifeguard stations. A salty wind washed the tiredness from my brain as I stepped onto the wet sand. My father kept saying, "It smells just like the Atlantic." As I walked along a pier to take a photo, sea water came bursting up through the slats.

Kicking up

The top photo, a picture of me, was taken by Urban Sophisticate Sister as I was walking out to take the photo at the bottom.

23 comments:

Cathy said...

These are some very cool pictures. I would love to see what it looked like while it was calm.

Zhoen said...

I love the harsh beauty. More, I crave it.

traveler one said...

Mmmm I love when the sea is all wound-up like that... I can smell it... beautiful!

BrightStar said...

Amazing shots! Have a great time.

Psycgirl said...

Your pictures are beautiful Jo(e)!

RageyOne said...

great photos! i love the water coming up through the slats.

peripateticpolarbear said...

international photo blogging---you win the blogger extraordinare prize!

Nadine said...

How dramatic!

Ampersand said...

fabulous shots. hope you have a fantastic time,

kathy a. said...

you are the "all-weather" family, so well prepared to meet the surf after a storm! love your dad's comment -- i know the real comparison was to the lake.

was that some kind of jetty? it can't just be a pier, since the water on one side is so much farther inland than on the other side.

Rahul Saha said...

Nice photograph. Have Fun.

KathyR said...

That second photo is fantastic. One of your best.

I mean, not that the picture of you isn't nice...

Jennifer said...

I love the second photo. Makes me want to run out to a stormy sea - I love the ocean in winter.

Songbird said...

Gosh, that is a gorgeous picture. It looks like I could walk a step toward it and feel the spray.

Sandie said...

Both pictures are amazing. I look forward to reading and seeing so much more of this trip :)

CC said...

Breathtaking and amazing!!!!!!!!

Lilian said...

So cool! I'd probably be slightly afraid of all these waves.

BlackenedBoy said...

That is like mega cool--especially the second one. I hope you're having fun in Europe! I'm sure that someone like you can appreciate the history of that place.

Gawdess said...

powerful images and really interesting to be along for a little of your journey

liz said...

Those pictures are beautiful and they terrify me.

Silver Creek Mom said...

Those shots scared the Cr*p out of me. You would never get me walking out there in that. i would feel like I was being swept away!

But still it is an awesome shot!

crazymumma said...

I LOVED those shots. I would have wanted to do exactly the same thing. Walk out there be in it be part of it.

But I do not know if I would have had the courage.

Yankee, Transferred said...

WONDERFUL!