Monday, August 30, 2010

The Ocean

"My soul is full of longing
For the secret of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach--waiting for a gift from the sea."
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea."
- e.e. cummings
"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever."
- Jacques Cousteau
 "I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought."
- Helen Keller
“The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach”
- Henry Beston
"At the beach, life is different. Time doesn't move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun."
- Anonymous

"When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused."
- Rainer Maria Rilke

I hope that no matter where you live, these photos of the ocean and quotes about the sea will bring each of you a little bit of joy the way that each of your comments does for me every day!


  1. I was just about to shut down the laptop but thought I'd hit 'refresh' - and there was this beautiful post.
    I love the last quote - true for me, always.

  2. loved it the pics are lovely and reat quotes to go with them Oh how I long for some salty air and the sound of the waves

  3. Your photos are so beautiful - I miss the ocean already - we just returned from our beach visit last week - your photos make me long for it again!


  4. I took my time reading and looking at these beautiful images that you are sharing with us. The ocean is my go to place, it feels at time as if it is calling to me to come back. I only wish I could live by the ocean. Thank you soooo much for these lovely images and these special moments on your blog,Kathysue

  5. Love this post!! The photography and the quotes are wonderful. I just used the Anne Morrow Lindbergh quote when refering to my recent shelling expedition on Sanibel Island. I thought it was very shells really are gifts from the sea.

  6. Love the quotes and pictures. My daughter loves the ocean and a favorite quote of hers is..."The cure for everything is salt water-sweat, tears, or the sea." -Isak Dinesen

  7. Kat~ this is such a lovely post...the photos are really beautiful~ I love the sea birds and the way you can almost feel the grains of sand! Powerful surf photos, yet so restful...

  8. thank you kat- water, either lake or ocean can be so refreshing. it makes my heart long for the beach...beautiful pics.

    judi ;)

  9. great capture of the sea... lovely photos, you have an eye!

  10. Beautiful photos....and quotes! Thank you for these this morning...


  11. Gorgeous pictures Kat!! I love the quotes that your chose. Even though I am ready for fall, I always love the sea.

  12. Kat,
    The photos are breathtaking!!! When I saw them and read the quotes it made me wish summer was not coming to a close!

  13. I always feel renewed at the ocean, like I have come home.....which is odd sense I have never lived at the beach...maybe someday....smiles

  14. Surrounded by beauty....what a blessing to have views of the ocean! I long to be back on the beach! Thanks for the wonderful quotes this morning! Hugs! ♥

  15. Gorgeous! "For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it's always ourselves we find in the sea." My favorite!!!

  16. ...mood to moment....that is exactly what a week at the shore was about for me this year!

    Lovely pics, thanks :)

  17. Breathtaking captures Kat! And I really enjoyed all of those quotes you included with them. xo ~Lili

  18. Kat..
    I truly needed this post..
    theses photos..
    these quotes ..
    THIS morning!
    warm sandy hugs..

  19. I think that the
    sea must bring great
    peace and joy to almost
    everyone, because it
    seems that no matter
    how land-locked people
    are, whenever you speak
    of the sea, it brings
    a smile, a dreamy look
    or a faraway gleam in
    the eye. Loved how
    you captured the feeling,
    xx Suzanne

  20. To quote e.e. cummings in regards to this post "puddle wonderful" Kat. hugs♥olive

  21. I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
    Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied

  22. Kat, the pictures are beautiful. I especially like the quote "For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)it's always ourselves we find in the sea."
    Beautiful! It really is amazing how healing and restorative the sea can be. Thank you!

  23. Kat..these are gorgeous!! I love love the ocean. Great post. I am hosting a 50 dollar CSN giveaway. Do drop by and I would really appreciate if you could spread the word around. Thanks...Anu

  24. I go to Destin, Florida every year, I can't get enough. If it were up to me I would be sitting on the beach right now! Love your photos!

  25. I haven't been to the ocean in ages! Oh, how I love the sound of water slapping against the shore.

  26. breathing more deeply as we speak .... sigh

  27. I'm in love with the ocean, your photo's are fabulous! I hope to take some stunning photo's tomorrow, hurricane Earl is kicking up the North Atlantic!

  28. Hi Kat, just checking in to see how you are doing I hope your son has settled in no he has made his change. ANd of course your friend, I hope she is recovering.


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