Friday, January 14, 2011

Beach Birds

Birdie (DD3) has no classes on Tuesdays/Thursdays so she and I took the dogs out to the beach for a cold morning walk.  We didn't get there in time for the dogs to run unleashed, but I did get a few pictures!

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.  Jacques Cousteau

I have heard the mermaids singing to each other.  T.S. Eliot

Across the narrow beach we flit, one little sand-piper and I; and fast I gather, bit by bit, the scattered drift-wood, bleached and dry, the wild waves reach their hands for it.  The wild wind raves, the tide runs high, as up and down the beach we flit, one little sand-piper and I.  Celia Leighton Thaxter

I find myself at the extremity of a long beach.  How gladly does the
spirit leap forth, and suddenly enlarge its sense of being to the full
extent of the broad, blue, sunny deep!  A greeting and a homage to the
Sea!  I descend over its margin, and dip my hand into the wave that
meets me, and bathe my brow.  That far-resounding roar is the Ocean's
voice of welcome.  His salt breath brings a blessing along with it.
  Nathaniel Hawthorne

A wonderful bird is the pelican
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week,
But I'm damned if I see how the helican.
Dixon Lanier Merritt

Why does the ocean rock the moon to sleep every night?  So the sun will wake and kiss the beach.  J. Henson


Bouncin' Barb said...

I have gotten some of the best shells and conch shells from Folly Beach. Not many in Cherry Grove or Myrtle. Strange how it varies. Love the pictures.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful photos and quotes!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Fascinating pictures.
I would take some beach weather right now,a little more sun and a little less snow.

EmptyNester said...

Probably all the tourists have taken them from Myrtle Beach--y'all get a lot more up there than we do.

Thanks Eileen!

Ruth- it was COLD with the wind blowing but, once it died down, it was quite nice! Of course, I would love to have some of your snow!

maureen said...

You got some amazing shots. What a wonderful thing to take a walk on the beach each morning.
I love the quote by J Henson.

Jane said...

Great photos there, and I loved the poem by Celia Thaxton. Is she a popular poet in the US?

Dixxe said...

Great day for beach combing...I would have been hard pressed to leave the starfish behind...I sort of have a thing for starfish...
Great photos of the beach and the birds and the shells too! I visited Hunting Island State park back in Oct and it was great to stroll along there.

Rocket Man said...

Wonderful series! Makes me homesick.

Anonymous said...

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EmptyNester said...

It is nice having the beach only 5 minutes away. At night, if the wind is strong enough, we can actually hear the waves crashing on the shore. And I love the sound of the fog horns on a foggy morning. And then there's the smell of the ocean in the air- which becomes something you almost can't live without.

Thank you all so much for you wonderful comments! And I would love it if everyone just came on over and we all walked the beach together!

Saimi said...

AMAZING Photo's!!! Wow!!! I love the quotes and captions you added to your pictures, excellent post!!

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EmptyNester said...

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