Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

via Photo Challenge: Silence


DSC_0330.JPGThe 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),

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene

serene2.JPGFor 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