Making a perfect beach still life is an elusive photographic challenge since I usually get to the ocean once-a-year. An image like this has the power to fuel me with satisfaction for months.
It isn’t just that I saw this with my own eyes; that it is held in my memory. The image offers some timeless moments of air heavy with ocean brine; sounds of incoming waves crashing on the shore; the sensation of firm wet sand underneath my bare feet; hues of blue where sky meets water; clouds moving and shapes changing.
At the beach, my daughter spent some quality time playing with piles and pieces of this flame colored seaweed. She handed to me a piece of this washed up plant and called it “sea grapes.” We observed together that it had clusters of round air sacs that reminded her of fruit off-the-vine.
I am not familiar with this aquatic plant, although I find the form and color quite beautiful.
Please: if you can provide a positive botanical ID for this seaweed, I gladly will add its name to the post as well as acknowledgement of my thanks. (R)
Sea weed, Ha SK
Fantastic image Rachael. Is truly amazing all the feelings we can bring home with this image.