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Stream and Sand Abstract at South Harris Beach (+7 insets)

Stream and Sand Abstract at South Harris Beach  (+7 insets)
(+7 insets) (This image looks super cool against black, please click!) (Please scroll down to "Today's Image" for photo info)

Notes Written on the Road: The Kayakers
I love my morning walks because there's no telling what I'll find, and on this morning, I was stunned by the show I got to watch!

Heading down Rock Beach Trail, which leads to North Harris Beach, I looked out at the gorgeous view as I went. At the top of the steep hill is a perfectly-placed bench and I passed an older gentleman perched there, chatting with someone on his phone. I mused to myself as I passed by, "That's not a bad place to be!"

I zigzagged down the roughly-paved trail, making sure to watch my step. I couldn't help looking out at the staggering view of the rock-strewn coastline and the last thing I needed to do was trip! At one point I spotted a splash of bright orange--what was that? Heading closer, I could see it was couple making their way down to the water with a pair of nested kayaks. Woah…seriously? I thought they might be insane but hey, maybe they weren't!

A few moments later I emerged onto the southern end of North Harris Beach and traced the water's edge, appreciating the lovely shapes of the waves sneaking up the beach. Looking up, I saw the couple had set their kayaks down and brought one closer to the water. They were arranging gear, a fishing pole, a paddle, and tucking in loose items.

I stood and watched from a distance and could see they were totally relaxed and confident--likely they'd done this plenty of times in the past. The pair moved towards the water for a moment, discussing the plan of attack with many gestures. Soon they walked back, grabbed each end of the woman's kayak and made their way out into the water, waves racing around their ankles and then knees. They watched the waves and moved into the water bit by bit until they were about knee-deep; the woman then took over and, with the timing coinciding with the breaking waves, she straddled and sank into her kayak and then puddled furiously as a small wave came her way. Crashing through the crest, her boat easily maneuvered the frothy spray and she was on her way!

I gawked and shook my head, feeling totally stunned by what I'd witnessed. Even though the waves were very small and the surf quite mild, it's not an easy thing to get a boat through waves and into the deeper, calmer water. Kayaks are so tippy that I really wasn't sure it was possible. But as I stood and clapped my hands in joy for the lady, she negotiated the other waves coming her way with fast, strong strokes of her paddle and emerged on the other side in calm water, totally victorious! Hooray!!! Her man turned and quickly got his kayak down to the water and negotiated the waves with perfect timing and experience, joining her in just a few minutes. WHAT FUN IT WAS TO WATCH THIS!! There's something extra fun about watching something that doesn't seem possible and get the reward of seeing it happen right in front of you! (Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of this cool show but it's a memory I'll never forget!)

Today's Picture
I'm just crazy about the patterns, shapes and reflections that water and sand create. Waves rushing up on the shore and retreating leave such cool textures. And, if you're lucky enough to have a creek running into the ocean, the fabulous imagery is simply endless! The main picture today shows a very abstract and beautiful shape of sand with stream water making its way down to the ocean.

Today's Insets
I've included a handful of images I captured at the same time…in fact, I have so many useable images that I had to stop myself from processing more! Here's what I've included:
• a view of a creek meeting the ocean, accented with a huge boulder and seagulls
• a young seagull standing in a retreating wave, looking for a tidbit
• a shallow dof shot focused on an interesting rock with receding water lines and lots of cool bokeh to enjoy behind
• one of the countless beautiful rocks in the sand which cried out for a picture
• a still life featuring some rocks and the tracks of little clams (I think!)
• a nearly-submerged rock covered with seaweed and kelp
• an artistic image showing the pattern left by retreating waves In the sand. To me, it looks like an aerial photograph from miles above!

Thank You For Stopping By!
Every visit I get makes me smile and feel grateful that I can share images that you like to see. The words you leave me are so nice, I am often left blushing with joy! I also enjoy thinking about the things you relate to me, memories that come to mind. It's so much fun to trade our comments back and forth! My visits to your photos are always full of great surprises, wonder and delight, and I enjoy letting you know what I'm thinking. Aren't we lucky to have such a warm community?! Have a super day and rest of your week! :)

Explored on 11/23/21; highest placement #3.

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40 comments - The latest ones
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Comme à l'accoutumée un rendu remarquable et impressionnant superbement partagé.Les notes sont d'une extrême beauté.
Bonne et agréable fin de soirée.
5 days ago.
 @ngélique ♥
@ngélique ♥ club
splendide bravo Janet *************belle soirée
5 days ago.
uwschu club
das hast du gut gesehen, Janet. Erinnert mich ein wenig an unseren letzten Ostseeurlaub. Am Anreisetag hatte die beste Freundin meiner Tochter Geburtstag und wir sind schnell an den Strand, um ihr ein paar Glückwünsche in den Sand zu schreiben, um ihr das Foto zu schicken. Herrlicher Spaß, mit jeder Welle wurde der Text kürzer :-)!
Schönen Abend
5 days ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
une serie de toute beauté janet !!
5 days ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Keeping it simple is best.
Nice series.
5 days ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
super series!
5 days ago.
Wilfried club
wunderschöne Serie Janet
5 days ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh these are absolutely stunning Janet. I just love photos of the sea and the sand together. I'm also fascinated by the marks they leave as rivulets. I really do envy you and the time you and Steve spend away in your RV - it sounds so much fun and wonderful to see so much of different places.

I love the one showing the little travels of the clam across the sand - where did he go by the way? The last one is amazing too - it really does look like a view from outer space on mountains with snow there. Very clever indeed. I do love hearing about your adventures too - I could picture the couple getting into their kayaks - it must be quite a well rehearsed thing to do.
5 days ago.
 Stefani Wehner
Stefani Wehner club
Your beach serie is absolutely amazing, Janet!
5 days ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
Thank you for your lovely images of shapes, textures and rhythms of this lovely spot. I enjoy your writing too. It is joyous and warm…no doubt like you!
Enjoy your day, Janet…D
5 days ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
Superb shapes colours and textures Janet a great set of images for me the main one is the best
5 days ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Remarkable capture and series! Stay well!

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5 days ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Janet, thank you for posting such a wonderful set of images! The main picture is a stunner. As usual you have demonstrated your deep interest in nature. I just love that!
5 days ago.
 Kimmo Ollikainen
Kimmo Ollikainen club
This kind of images I seek when I walk my hoods. Beautiful.
4 days ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club

4 days ago.
PascalL club
superbe série, bravo
4 days ago.
neira-Dan club
superbe capture ; très graphique !
4 days ago.
Annemarie club
some insets are also fantastic !
4 days ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
The description of your observation of the two kayakers
is so vivid that it effortlessly replaces photographs.
I share your enthusiasm for the varied textures that waves, wind, and water
create in the sand. It is simply fascinating.
Also in this simply magnificent series, each of the photos is a precious gem.
4 days ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Joli tableau naturel, j'aime aussi capturer ces moments éphémères !+++++++
Bonne journée Janet.
4 days ago.
tiabunna club
A lovely series, the abstract shapes and patterns formed in and with the sand are really marvellous and will have me looking more carefully at the details when I'm next on a waterside location. Beautiful PiPs too.
4 days ago.
vero club
une merveille cette série sur la mer la plage, Janet, très jolie graphique, belle et douce journée bisous
4 days ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Janet..........your main image is just remarkable. Initially I thought I was looking at snow, ice and glacial water! Beautifully observed and taken.

I love all the PiPs..............you have a keen eye for detail and composition...........and you pick up on the sort of stuff others (like me) would normally miss.

I can't pick a fave (apart from the main image) but the ones that particularly caught my eye are the "detail" shots in PiPs 3,4,5 and 7. Brilliant work..!!
4 days ago.
 Dave C
Dave C club
Superb series of photo's.

(Thank you for your comment on my last photo!
That really made me smile.)
4 days ago.
cammino club
At first I thought of a winter picture with ice. But on closer inspection I discovered a work of art, made of water and sand. Great.
4 days ago.
 Dan Guimberteau
Dan Guimberteau club
Very nice!
4 days ago.
micritter club
The main image (best viewed large) is absolutely fantastic. All the others are wonderful too.
4 days ago.
 Gary Benson (grbenson3 on flickr)
Gary Benson (grbenso… club
Very interesting series of images, especially since I was at Harris beach last month. Nice work Janet.
4 days ago.
 Cheryl Kelly (cher12861 on flickr)
Cheryl Kelly (cher12… club
4 days ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Janet
A very nice set of pictures, which I like very much!
Wonderful composition and imagination, as always
May I wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving for Thursday!!
Best Wishes, and stay safe!!
4 days ago.
Rafael club
Me encantan estos detalles !
La belleza de lo pequeño y cercano !
4 days ago.
Dinesh club
Beautiful capture

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3 days ago.
 Erika Akire
Erika Akire club
...really fascinating, an art work of the nature...
3 days ago.
 Beatrice Degan(MARS)
Beatrice Degan(MARS) club
Sublime Art Work.
3 days ago.
Esther club
You have such a wonderful eye for photography.
2 days ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
great natural abstract and superb series !
2 days ago.
 Patrick Brandy
Patrick Brandy club
Magnifique la nature est incroyable agréable journée
2 days ago.
A fine series! I like the photos with natural structures and lines,
2 days ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Nice to catch up again ;-)
2 days ago.
 Citoyen du Monde
Citoyen du Monde club
Magnifique photo Janet.
Bon WE
39 hours ago.

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