August 14, 2008
The way sand captures sunwarmth
At the end of an afternoon at the beach, Dandelion Niece and I took a walk along the boardwalk. We'd been swimming in the ocean, and the late afternoon breeze was cool. She jumped down onto the sand and rolled into the warmth of it, and then began sifting hot sand between her fingers and onto her bare legs.
I too love the texture and feel and warmth of sand against my skin, especially sand that has been heated by the sun. I figured I'd put this photo on my blog. I thought it would give blog readers that feeling — the coolness of ocean wind, the shivery way your body feels after a day of swimming, and the shifting warmth of soft sand under bare legs.
When I showed this photo to one of my sisters, she recoiled and said, "I HATE the feel of sand against my skin." A friend who saw the photo said in horror: "Throwing sand around so close a camera makes me nervous. Do you KNOW how bad sand is for your camera?"
I guess it's like what I always tell my students about writing for an audience: you have to take into account the associations your audience brings to a text or a photo.
Not everyone loves the feeling of sand. This photo is for the readers who do.
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