echoes, silence, patience, and grace

Echoes and silence
Patience and grace
All of these moments
I'll never replace
No fear of my heart
Absence of faith
All I want is to be home

Foo Fighters

On Sunday we went for on a mini road trip. Everyone was home, no one had plans, games, work. There was a break between rain storms and with the time change the previous night, we knew no one would be at Point Reyes. We packed a lunch and headed out.

The beach was deserted. No one as far as you could see. The sand smooth from the waves churned up from the storm. In California, with a population of over 36 million... we were isolated from our daily life. No car horns, traffic, political signs, litter, or cell phones. Just the sound of the ocean.

Did I say no one was there. I lied. There were seagulls. Did you know seagulls are hams? Take out a camera and see what happens. They preen and squawk until you take their picture.

The seals? Well, they are like Greta Garbo. They just want to be left alone.

Me? I just want to bask in the sun like the seals and be left alone.

And the lady bug? Well, she was just there in all her glossy red beauty.

The light was amazing. One minute... the fog would roll in and the ocean would turn silvery.

Next... the sun would reign in the fog and say look at how beautiful everything is.

No matter where you walked, you had to stop every few minutes and marvel at how small we are and how vast the world can be. It is humbling. The light and fog dance around making everything change it's appearance. It whispers, 'Look at me. Take the time to enjoy all the beauty around you. Stop worrying about the small stuff. I'll carry it around for awhile, while you go and enjoy everything that has taken millions of years to create. The worries can wait, it will be here when you get back. Just let it go for awhile."

And I did.

When the clouds and fog would roll back in, everything would look black and white and give you a new perspective of something that was just in color not even two seconds ago. Trying to get a picture of that moment of shifting light was daunting and reminded me I cannot control everything. Something we probably need to be reminded of over and over again. Let your control go and see what comes to you.

"We live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality. We are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything. That is all. "


Kristin @ Going Country said...

A lesson I fear I will never learn.

It's me said...

OK, this is weird, but I don't like the ocean. I cannot stand the non-stop noise. I am always amazed when someone describes it as silent.

Silent, to me, is the sound of nothingness across acres of wheat, with just an occasional rustle or buzzing insect.

Most people I know are normal and LOVE the ocean. :)

Melissa said...

Don't fear that Kristin! :)

Lovely quote at the end K. You know how I feel about that.

And you summed up so beautifully why I love the coast along Big Sur. And your pictures do, and don't do, it justice. You know what I mean because in person... so much more.

I can hear the waves in my mind.

krysta said...

*meadowlark... you know what? i get what your saying and it makes sense to me. i think that the ocean is such a white noise thing so it feels very much like silence. especially in california when we are bombarded with noise and people all the time. to find a wild and desolate place is very quiet even when it's noisy. i'm sure it doesn't make sense but i have a feeling you understand ;)

... and the country is very silent which is beautiful too... where i live we are losing our farmland so fast that i have forgotten what it's like. thanks for the reminder.

It's me said...

I was stuck in Orange County for 6 years. My soul quietly withered from the battering it took from all the noise. At that point, a deserted beach probably WOULD have seemed quiet.

Lisa said...

Love, love, love these photos, Krysta.

Mental P Mama said...

Pure beauty.

Jennifer said...

Looks beautiful and relaxing!

The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

Oh Krysta, that was just beautiful. Thanks for sharing that. Gorgeous photos.

I live in the ocean state and I am a true ocean lover. It calms me, it centers me, it humbles me.

Deeba PAB said...

How evocative ECM. Beautiful thoughts & stunning pictures...

SaintTigerlily said...

This day keeps getting better and better. Thank you for the post.

Anonymous said...

The pics are just stunning! What a beautiful photo essay!

Sharon said...

Are you a professional photographer?! These photos are soothing and beautiful! Just what i wanted to see at the end of the day :)

Familia said...

so wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful time and place!

Terri said...

What simply beautiful photos. You've made me miss California soooo much.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing day! I am envious you got to experience such beatiful moments. Good for you for taking the time to recharge.

MommyLisa said...

I love the pictures - I actually makes me want to visit California. I have only been to LA once and it was a work trip, whisked from LAX to the resort, locked inside except for poolside lunch and dinner, whisked back to LAX and home.


Anonymous said...

That silver sea is the most beautiful thing I have seen. Thank you for sharing it with us.

And what a nice, calming respite after all the worry and euphoria of the election.

QueenofPlanetHotflash said...

*sigh* Beautiful

Stacey Snacks said...

Your photos are your best ever.

I love the ladybug photo and the one of your scalp! You have no roots!!!


PG said...

A week here would definitely take away my daily headaches!

I really like the quote at the end. It's so easy to get caught up in life and lose touch with what is actually fulfilling.

Antonio Tahhan said...

absolutely stunning. I enjoyed reading through the post and admiring the photographs. Now I have to get ready for bed so that I can get up bright and early and go to work... splendid.
at least it'll be friday :)

Sarah said...

It's been awhile since you took us on a virtual trip! Thank you for a lovely, lovely time at the beach :) I could stare at the waves beyond that white picket fence for hours.

michael, claudia and sierra said...

being landlocked here in nashville, that was a beautiful 5 minutes for me. liked the buddhist ending...

beautiful shots

Real Live Lesbian said...

Beautiful shot and words. Thanks for the escape!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures. I love the second one and the one with the white fence in it.

Anonymous said...

I love driving up to Point Reyes in the winter...so beautiful and there are never the crowds you get in the summer.

KitchenKiki said...

that is beautiful! I have been running full blast and then some since I returned from my trip. I needed a moment of peace!
Thank you!
(Now back to work...)

dlyn said...

Just beautiful - looks like a wonderful day, wonderfully captured.

Not Afraid to Use It said...

Absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing. I feel more peaceful after seeing your pictures.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to say it...Oh my fucking god Krysta, you are just amazing!

It's been so friggin long since we've been back here (crazy work) and it's like a completely different space. You remodeled your blog with am fucking fantastic header, your photographs are completely out of this world phenomenal! You have outdone yourself....the blog looks beautiful and your writing, superb!

Glad to know that you're grandmother is OK. At 84 and 12 grandchildren, she is an amazing soul.

Hooray to you, your family and Happy Thanksgiving! Hugs!

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