Friday, September 3, 2010

Beach surf courtesy of Hurricane Earl

It was definitely a gray day at the beach, but it didn't stop dozens of spectators from checking out the waves.



Gray and dismal as far as you could see.


And at the same time mesmerizing.



Obviously closed to swimming, one area was closed altogether
with the beach patrol advising everyone to stay behind the dunes.


This seagull seemed to think I might have some food.



This one seemed a little tired and stayed close by for about 15 minutes.  


I've never seen one of these little birds sit still for a minute.


I was relieved when a friend dropped in to check on the little fellow.


The surf was looking a little Hawaii 5'0 style.
What I thought was a nice find beach glass was actually tons
of jelly fish that had been smashed like a crystal vase 
and scattered on the beach.


We were all reminded of how fierce and unforgiving the ocean can be.


Have a safe holiday weekend everyone.


Until next time.

36 comments:

Linda said...

It may have been gray and dismal, but your photos are really beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Burlap Luxe said...

Dangerously beautiful, there is nothing prettier then the sea when it is calm!
The pitures Rita a so amazing are they not. Too bad storms have a mind of there own and the fear of damage.

see you soon
xoxo
Dore

Denise said...

yes your photos are lovely but oh yes.......the power it can have. That does look like Hawaii 5-0. That last one is the sweetest shot!

michelle said...

Beautiful pictures!! The ocean is so amazing and any time!

HRH Sarah said...

Thanks for sharing- I love a good storm!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

These are awesome shots! I love all the birdie ones. But I particularly like the folding wave one. Glad you were safe enough to go out there and take photos.

deborah said...

your shoots are beautiful.....and the power of nature is incredible. interesting that the colors are so subtle; i could watch water all day long. every day and never tire.
best
deborah

Tammy said...

The photos are beautiful!
I love , love love the ocean, the sand everything about the beach!
I'm glad that Earl did not make landfall...these storms can be so devastating to those that live at the beach...
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Katie R said...

Thanks for the pictures. It does remind me a lot of Hawaii surf. I think you really captured the natural aftermath. Poor worn out birds.

Katie R.

The Sailor in Pink said...

The pictures are awesome! Hope you guys are okay! I live on an island and we're getting some pretty crazy waves here too! We just hope they don't roll down the street at high tide!

Have a great day!

Heaven's Walk - said...

Rita - your photos are absolutely incredible, girl! I could almost hear the powerful crashes on shore. So very beautiful and inspiring.....

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

InMyOwnStyle said...

I loved seeing your photos. I have stayed along the coast for a few hurricanes in my lifetime and was witness to nature's fury and beauty at the same time. I am glad Earl didn't make landfall and that he is now history. Thanks for sharing your photos to beach lovers that do not live near the beach.
MY best- Diane

simpledaisy said...

Wow....your photos are amazing. Makes me feel like I am there...I can almost smell the salty air:)

Lady Grey said...

I love these pictures... so wild & powerful. I've always found the ocean so humbling.
oxo

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Your pictures tell a story. You are so right, the ocean can be so unforgiving at times. I imagine the birds are exhausted from fighting the wind and rain. I'm glad the storm didn't amount to anything stronger. Wonderful pictures.

Ivy Lane said...

Awesome pictures! I love the last pic..so cute!

annechovie said...

Love your photos, Rita! Very cool. Happy Labor Day.

Drawn to The Sea said...

Beautiful shots... so dramatic, so romantic.

theoldboathouse said...

Stunning pics ! Earl.....sounds like someones uncle not a horrid hurricane. Stay safe my friend, cheers katherine

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Blogger seems to be having fits this morning so hope I haven't commented twice. Love the shots especially the curling wave. I have weathered several hurricanes at the outer banks and also fled from one....that was fun!...NOT! I think I got my feather wreath at a local garden center called the "The Great Big Greenhouse".

Marie said...

Your photos are stunningly beautiful! I hope you weathered the storm okay...

Thank you for sharing the coastal beauty with us.

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea

sealaura said...

I agree with everyone else WOW these are such great captures. You should frame a series of these. Also enjoyed seeing those little birds, I wonder what they thought of Earl?

becky at abbeystyle said...

Wow, what gorgeous wave pictures...AWESOME, to use an overused word...but awesome nonetheless. The powers of nature teach us to many things, don' they?

salige lavendel said...

Beautiful pictures!!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

I love these images. I've always been drawn to the danger of the sea, and your photos capture this perfectly.

DesignTies said...

Your pictures of the ocean waves are amazing. Although I much prefer a bright blue sky over a grey dismal sky, there's something appealing about the dark sky in your pictures... like you said, it's mesmerizing.

Great shots of the birds too. Hope they all weathered Earl OK!!

Kelly @ DesignTies

Kathysue said...

You took some amazing photos. I love the ocean even when it looks angry. It always reminds me of the vastness and power of God. I am an ocean lover!!! I just read your comment on my Fall post on neutrals. I just gathered images from all over not just one house but I agree it would be a lovely place to stay. Some fun ideas for Fall I thought,have a good weekend, Kathysue

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Beautiful photos, I love the Beach, Sand and Sea.We are buying a beach home with my parents and I am sooo excited.~Cheers Kim

Sanity Fair said...

I'm just glad that this is as exciting as it got! beautiful pics.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Rita
These shots are just wonderful... love the spray coming off the waves.. Love the sea .. so wild and untamed. beautiful.. xxx Julie

Cashon&Co said...

It's amazing how something so destructive can also be so beautiful before. :)
your pictures are always so perfect too. those birds!!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH! THank you for visiting today and yes, I too wear my pearl studs even to go out to the market. Why not? Life is short...wear your gems and BE ONE...enjoy the beach dearest.....Anita

Natalie @ Blossoming Visions said...

I can practically hear the waves crashing. What beautiful pictures you take...Enjoy your weekend!

Jane said...

Beautiful photos! I love the beach when a major storm is offshore...WAY off shore. The surf is always spectacular. And after the storm passes, I love to explore the sand sculpture on the dunes and to see what treasures the surf has yielded.
Hopefully all the storms/hurricanes this season will just skirt the coastlines and stay out to sea.
Jane (artfully graced)

Rose West said...

Those pictures are incredible! I love the ocean even on such tempestuous days... makes you realize how powerful it really is.

rash guard said...

Dangerous waves it is but looks like it could be some fun surf ride.

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