25 Jul The Ocean’s Power
The ocean is a fantastic place to a lot of people; the sounds, the colors, the smells, the unknowns. For some, it can be peaceful; for others, overwhelming; for a lot of us, both. And with the love of the ocean comes great personal responsibility. I know this first hand from watching a friend — who, by her own accord, is a fantastic swimmer with excellent sea legs — get nearly swept up in its uncontrollable waves from beneath the surface. I, myself, have been full-body in the ocean twice. On one occasion, I was snorkeling with my fourth-grade class in Catalina; on the other occasion I jumped in with two friends and swam past the first break. Both were memorable; one was terrifying.
From the time I was very young I have been fascinated with the sea and all of the life beneath the surface. Sometimes I think that the fact that we, as humans, somewhat arrogantly believe that we rule this planet is slightly humorous to me, because we are so, so wrong; the ocean owns us when we bother to get in or near it. Oceans cover over 70% of the earth, and there is absolutely nothing — man, god, or machine — that can tell the ocean what to do or what not to do. It is truly a humbling place. Where the water meets the sand is perhaps the most humbling, too, because it changes all the time, often at a moment’s notice.
I have spent as much time as possible on the water or near it, and I have taken a lot of photographs of the sea and its surroundings. Here are just a few: