Coast to Coast Project ~February | New Forest Photographer | Ann Owen Photography
“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh, from A Gift from the Sea.
Welcome to our Coast to Coast loop. We are a group of photographers from around the world, from timezones as far flung as Australia to Canada and in between, each with a different seascape. Coast to Coast aims to document our changing sea views and perspectives - both literal and philosophical - of what the sea means to us, month to month through the changing seasons. To follow the loop go to the ever so amazing Lesley-Anne Hastings
This month the sea has helped me tremendously. Its been one of those months where it seems we all need different things at different times and it's been such a balancing act trying to balance it all. But coming here to this little spot of ours has been such a healer.
We always come here when we need a reset (or on other occasions just because) and it always does the trick. One particular visit was especially peaceful, we had one of those mornings where nothing was flowing and everyone was jarring so off we went to our beach to clear our heads and it couldn't have been more perfect. Forrest just sat in my lap and snuggled up to me while we listened to the sounds of the crashing waves, he really loves the sea and becomes so still just taking it all in. It's one of my favourite things to experience with him. This little bit of stillness was exactly what I needed.
On another visit just this past week we arrived at low tide and while Forrest and Nixie were busy building sand castles and digging holes I had such a blissful time searching for treasures and our little beach gifted me with the most incredible finds! I found sea urchins (which is something I've always wanted to find), an amazing fossil, a chiton (had never heard of one until this day!) and so many scallops (my absolute favourite shell). It was bitter cold and the winds were so strong it made my eyes water but even so it made me feel so alive and had a way of making my tired self feel ever so awake. All of us left our little beach that day feeling so happy and fulfilled, isn't it always the little things that make the most difference?
and today we ended up there too and this time the sun was shining and the sea was so sparkly shimmering her magic for all to see. Today was perfect, it was the warmest it's been so far this year at our beach and it has made me dream of all the warmer days to come. I can't wait!