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Rough seas

The rolling sea
The rolling sea

The winds, the sea, and the moving tides are what they are.  If there is wonder and beauty and majesty in them, science will discover these qualities… If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.

~ Rachel Carson

Sometimes the light turns the ocean an amazing shade of green.
Sometimes the light turns the ocean an amazing shade of green.

We’re waiting for Arthur here on the Eastern Shore.  Who is Arthur, you might wonder?  Well, those of you on the east coast of the U.S. probably already know.  For the rest of you, Arthur is a hurricane (he had hurricane status last time I checked) currently approaching the coast of North Carolina.

Take a dip
Body surfing waves

It has been searingly hot this week.  I can’t remember the last time it rained.  The earth is turning to dust.  The trees are droopy.  The garden vegetables are drying out.  Farmers have been unable to plant their soybeans, and the fields of corn look wretched.

If Arthur brings us some rain, we will be most grateful for it.

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.
Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.

Clouds build on the horizon.  Thunder rumbles in the distance.  But it’s all show and no drip.  There were some storms south of us this morning, but they didn’t make it here.

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My sister-in-law and I went to Assateague Island yesterday to beat the heat.  It was a refreshing ten degrees cooler on the beach than here on the ranch (where we reached a high of 99).  The ocean temperature was said to be 77 degrees, but it felt cooler than that to me.  Whatever the real temperature, it was cooling and wonderful.  The water was rough and choppy, but that made it fun.

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That’s about it from me on this hot, dry, dusty Thursday.  Thank you for stopping by today.  I’m going to do a rain dance this evening, and hope that brings some of the rain from an approaching cold front or from Arthur.  Please feel free to join me.  If you happen to have an abundance of rain where you live, please ask Mother Nature to share some with us.  We’ll take whatever we can get.

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Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

31 thoughts on “Rough seas

        1. We did get some rain, eM, and it cooled off for a day or two before the heat returned. We still need rain and are hoping tonight’s storms will bring some. So far, it looks like it will miss us.


  1. When I saw the storm track, my first thought was “Robin gets her first hurricane this week”
    Then my daughter wailed – no fireworks for us on Friday…
    Hope you get plenty of rain, but not floods…
    (Don’t dance too hard 😉 )


    1. Thank you, Marie. 🙂 Arthur gave us enough rain to perk things up. The winds weren’t bad, either. I think we had worse winds during some of the winter storms. That said, I know we really didn’t experience Hurricane Arthur. Just a brush from the edge of the storm as it headed north and east.


  2. I am watching Arthur, because a very good friend and her family are vacationing on Roanoke Island this week. I shall pray for rain, in a reasonable quantity, with less wind.


    1. We had a slight cool off after Arthur came through, Elisa, but we didn’t get the cold front that swept things out up north. I was hoping we would. Ah well. I am satisfied with what we did get, and thankful that our brush with a hurricane was only a brush. 🙂


  3. Oh, I love images of waves! Yours are great! We could use a bit of rain out here on the other coast, too! Hope Arthur brings you just the right amount!


    1. Thank you, Gunta! That’s high praise, coming from the Queen of Waves. Your shots are always so wonderful. I took mine while I was swimming in the water. I have a little waterproof camera that likes to get out in the ocean every now and then. Someday I’ll figure out how to catch the inside of a curl (although our waves are usually not big enough for that).

      Arthur did, in fact, bring the right amount of rain. 🙂


        1. Love it, Gunta! We don’t get waves like that here, and if we did, I’m not sure I’d have the courage to approach them that way. He does get some really cool shots, though, so maybe… 😀


    1. Thank you, Jane. 🙂 It’s probably very choppy out there now. It looks as though you might be getting some of the wind and rain from the storm.


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