Posted in Rainbow Haven Beach, tagged canada, nature, Nova Scotia, rainbow haven, Seashore, storms, surfing, waves, wind on December 14, 2010 |
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It’s been warm today. Balmy to say the least. Thirteen degrees Celsius is not at all typical for December in Nova Scotia. Odd weather occurences are becoming more frequent than usual this year, already predicted to be the warmest in Canadian history.
But this afternoon, even news of surfers in Fisherman’s Cove came as a bit of a surprise. I wasn’t able to get out to see the action in Eastern Passage, but I did get a few images of the waves in the Cow Bay area towards Rainbow Haven beach.
The whole sea appeared to be in the process of being stirred up by an invisible hand. Both the number and size of the waves were remarkable.
What was even odder was the number of flies hovering in the air. (You might be able to spot some in the photos). Though I didn’t walk down to the shore, I imagine they would have been swarming in even greater numbers near the seaweed that’s been churned up over the past day.
I hope all the surfers had a great time trying to catch the Big One.
Sybil at Eastern Passage Passage managed to capture surfers in the images she took of today’s waves at Fisherman’s Cove. You can visit her post at Surf’s Up.
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Posted in Rainbow Haven Beach, Seashore, tagged beach, blue mussel, Canada - Nova Scotia, life, loren eiseley, meaning, nature, purpose, rainbow haven, sand, seashell, shell, shore, stones, sunrise, sunset, tides, universe on March 19, 2009 |
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Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war… Mostly the animals understand their roles, but man, by comparison, seems troubled by a message that, it is often said, he cannot quite remember or has gotten wrong… Bereft of instinct, he must search continually for meanings… Man was a reader before he became a writer, a reader of what Coleridge once called the mighty alphabet of the universe.
~ from The Unexpected Universe by Loren Eiseley
Rainbow Haven at Low Tide
Despite differences in sand colour and texture, the presence of pebbles, stones or rocks, all of the earth’s beaches have a similar effect on humans. Times converge where water meets the shore. These are places where long buried ideas and memories are dug up and future dreams loom on the horizon.
Even people unaccustomed to spending time in nature warm quickly to the outdoor experience offered by the shore. Whether the day is bright and sunny or misty and overcast, a walk along the beach puts one into a detached frame of mind that is above and beyond the day’s weather forecast.
Some days we might look at what’s drifted ashore with the tide or pick up a shell to examine more closely. Tidepools are full of interesting creatures. The Blue Mussel bed at Rainbow Haven beach is always a great place to find rock crabs, whelks, starfish and moon shells at low tide. Much in nature (and life) can be taken for granted unless we patiently give it a more careful look.
On other days we might look out at the seascape that encompasses the shore, sea and sky. When searching for new meanings to life’s events and purposes it’s often helpful to step back from the details and take a good, long look at the big picture. Few experiences put a sparkle on the day as much as witnessing a sunrise or sunset at the beach.
Each stage of life seems to present us with a quest for new meanings and purposes. Though these may be hard sought and won, they can also easily be washed away by the tides of time. It’s best to not leave too much space in between visits to the shore.
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