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Stepping onto a beach can suddenly give you a sense of timelessness. A sense of where you are in the course of the day falls away. It no longer matters if it’s 10:35 am or 3:40 pm. Cares are pulled out to sea with the receding waves. All that remains is forever.

salt marsh at dawn

But in a salt marsh, you are much more aware of the exact time of day. There’s a silence that isn’t heard on the shore. Bird activity and the ebb and flow of the tides divert your attention from past and future thoughts, pulling you back into the here and now.

To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.

~ Rachel Carson

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