via Photo Challenge: Silence
The search for “silence” often takes me to the outdoors away from traffic and other man-made sounds, including people. Of course, there are always sounds breaking the silence: wildlife calls, the wind, or the ocean surf. Of course, at my house there is the silence of sleeping dogs and Anne quilting–that’s a combination of silence and the quick whir of a sewing machine. In the end I choose a rock on the secluded Monterey coastline where I can think about “silence,” both the good aspects and the bad (not speaking up against hate),
via Photo Challenge: Weathered
My favorite weathered shots include old barns and defunct military installations. This photo is of a sea-air corroded wall of a one-time WWII munitions depot, now part of the national park system in San Francisco.
via Daily Prompt: Cherish
The time it takes
In the sand
To wash away.
For me, a serene place is one I can reach easily, walking preferred. While I’ve been in amazing places in Europe, for example, the travel to get there wears on the “peace” emanating from the mountains, valleys and waters that I’m seeing for the first time. Here is my serene place…Carmel River State Beach, rarely crowded and always picturesque. The river, not visible, feeds into the Carmel Bay (Pacific Ocean) in the winter. I’ve seen whales come close to shore here followed by sea otters and pelicans. The sunsets often have a pink cast due to the cloud cover. There is always room here to sit and think in comfort.
via Photo Challenge: Serene
My favorite peek is a peak of Mount Shasta from I-5 heading north from Reading to the Oregon border during the summer months.
via Photo Challenge: Peek
The rounded sandstone rock formations of Southern Illinois remind me of the Michelin Man. Well, at least they are rounded. via Photo Challenge: Rounded
The glow of a full moon over California’s capitol was the featured show, notwithstanding the light from street lamps, cars and the inside of the capitol.
via Photo Challenge: Glow