24 – Tides *

Special thanks to Robin (MaidinSun Photography) for providing the photographs. For this walk, Robin takes us to the shores of the Bay of Fundy (New Brunswick Canada). I encourage readers to visit her at Breezes at Dawn. All photos are copyrighted by MaidinSun Photography.

Click the video above for 2 minutes of background waves while reading.

I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Waves and tides are rhythms within a rhythm – different rhythms, but no less rhythms. Perhaps, even different rhythms within a grander rhythm.

Waves and tides – two of the timeless, reliable rhythms of life that make creation and the nature within it so grand.

Waves and tides are both rises and falls of water. Their fluctuations resemble our changing moods as we swim against the challenging, changing tides of life – but today I’m focusing on tides.

The tide is either moving in or out. A movement I can’t tell or know unless I know it’s timing. Tides are a movement affected by the hidden power of Mr. Moon, who isn’t the only factor. Yet, this relentless rhythm keeps its own time – the time of the next tidal crest.

With its ebbs and flows, tides are one of nature’s consistent rhythms. A natural rhythm of rising tides serving to rejuvenate the inland waters with nourishment: the sea marshes, canals, and intercoastal waterways.

The shoreline is where land meets the sea – yet the land also continues below the water, It’s the shoreline that disappears and reappears with each tide. I walk at the shoreline. Low tides here are typically in the morning, which usually means easier walking as the sand is flatter and packed.

Tides – the slow breaths of our planet – usually one slow inhale followed by one slow exhale.

Tides are one of the factors moving new shells onto the shore – a delight for shellers in their pursuit of natural beauty.

Tides are predictable, but not always on time – at least they are generally close. However, like time, tides won’t wait because we are unable to stop them.

In time, the rising tide will turn – but so will the receding tide. That’s what rhythmic cycles do.

A rising tide lifts all boats, which can drift with the tide. Organisms can stem the tide, but clams are happiest at high tide.

The concept of moving tides play a role in life in other ways. Other terms for tides include direction, trend, movement, drift, course, tendency, and swing.

Tides are like music that comes and goes – or even as different songs on the same day.

Most things may not last forever, but there is a high probability that tides will. Fashions, people, visitors, emotions, and the seasons are a few things that come and go – just like tides.

Shifting tides are a metaphor for new ideas, new approaches, and new technologies that come along changing society. Meanwhile, resisting the change means getting left behind, washed away, or allowing riptides to take one further from reality. Then again, there are times when we want to turn the tide of madness – or at least try.

Tides also refer to a powerful surge of feeling or a trend of events – but the tides of the sea are slow and steady. At times, life has us going against the tide, other times with its directional flow – but life continually against the tide is extremely difficult.

Going with the flow is easy because the tide is powerful. Fighting the tide is difficult – but the battle could be rewarding.

Love is like a tide – complete with an ebb and flow. But unlike the tide, lovers want an upward projection. The same for true friends. Besides, everyone wants someone supporting them during high tides and low tides.

Down here in Alabama many say, “Roll Tide Roll” – but that’s another story.

I had the urge to think about tides, so I didn’t fight the urge. I just went with the flow, which is part of being a snowbird. Meanwhile, I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on the feet.

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98 thoughts on “24 – Tides *”

    1. Michel,
      Thank you. Although tides simply come and go on a beach, as you mentioned, they are more captivating at the seaside cliffs. My apologies to my collaborator because I forgot to upload the images. Please return to see the images because cliffs are included. Enjoy your weekend.


  1. Tides are special…..incoming they bring gifts from the sea…..then out they go again to search for other treasures for us and other creatures to find – use – enjoy – admire. Tides are the “clocks” of nature. Love this post.


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  2. Nice post Frank. The tides of the ocean are always intriguing. One must be careful along the ocean shore and understand the tides can be dangerous if you are in the wrong spot when they rise. I love the ocean.

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  3. It’s interesting to stay in a place long enough to see how the scene changes between low and high tides. People have to keep moving their blankets and chairs!

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  4. I do find them fascinating, Frank, without ever having spent much time wondering about the how and why. 🙂 🙂 Love that last photo of the solid rock dwarfing the couple. Wishing you a great weekend!

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    1. Laurie,
      Cheers to a fellow Robin follower. She and I connected during my early blogging years – and have stayed connected. Interesting how photographers have different techniques for their craft and style – and I too love Robin’s. Time permitting, she’s always willing to give me a helping hand. Simply a good lady. Meanwhile, glad you enjoyed my thoughts about tides.

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  5. I’m with John here! You could’ve gone all day without mentioning the Bama Tide, Frank!! Go Irish! and Hotty Toddy, all the way! But I love Robin’s photos and I enjoyed walking with you along the shore, contemplating the tides. Isn’t it miraculous how the moon — so far away, with no light source of its own — can influence tides on earth?!?

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    1. Debbie,
      Glad you enjoy these contemplations about tides. I’m with you about the moon. The connections in the universe fascinate me. Saw thoughts on a show that orbiting planets can cause a sun to wobble. Mind-boggling to me. Meanwhile, I’m not a Tide fan or hater. Even re-read my text to make sure, but the Alabama coast is where we go – so we hear a lot about that Tide.

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  6. The ‘Bama Tide does keep rolling right along, doesn’t it?

    And a special thank you to Prince of Tides and Tide Detergent, who didn’t make it out of the Green Room for this installment but will be invited back at a later time . . .

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  7. Thank you for another wonderful collaboration, Frank. I enjoyed your thoughts on tides. Here, we see them coming in and going out. I like catching it at slack tide when there is a stillness just before the tide turns to either come in or go out.

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    1. Robin,
      A mega THANK YOU for your willingness to collaborate. Besides your photography skills, you are easy to work with and so kind. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed slack tide – so I will put that on my to-do list. Question – do you have a preference of catching slack tide at low or high tide?


  8. Hello Frank,
    It’s 10:45 a.m. …… on the West Coast!
    I find tides to be very poignant to ponder over, so thank you for this!
    Your reflections bring some odd thoughts to mind. When I was very young, I would hear some adults talk about their “tithes” to the church. I thought they were saying “tides”.
    It made sense, a tide of money flowing to the church. Although, I couldn’t figure out what the church was “tiding” back to us.
    Happy weekend, dear Frank!

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  9. Ebb and flow is a part of every life in some way. Feeling like your life is at low tide might sound (or be) negative, but when the tide is out, the ocean is gathering itself to come back again. We need time to relax and recoup before coming back again, possibly stronger than before. Low tide also reveals the bottom of the ocean, what it’s made of. Times when our lives feel this way are when our inner strength (or lack of) is revealed. While tides are governed by something very, very far away, something we can’t change, that’s thankfully not true of the low ties in our lives.

    I feel more relaxed just thinking about tides and the rhythm of the waves. 🙂 Thanks, Frank.



  10. Enjoyed your meditation on tides, Frank. Lovely photos of the Bay of Fundy – on my someday to visit list.

    One of my favorite authors, Barbara Kingsolver, titles an essay and book “High Tide in Tucson” about how some snails in their aquarium (if I recall correctly) could tell when the tides shifted where they had come from. Quite strange!

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  11. Loved Counting Crows’ music, Robin’s spectacular pictures and your thoughtful words. It seems the first thing we notice when we go down to the beach is how high or low the tide is and then we debate whether it is coming in or going out. (I suppose we could check a tide table but it’s more fun to weigh the evidence…) One never knows what the next tide will bring in so it teaches us to be open to whatever new possibilities might arrive in our lives. Beautiful post, Frank.


  12. I think life is full of tides. The tides of emotion, the tides of feelings, the tides of thoughts, the moon-tides. Always going in and out. Always changing. And then there’s the “solid” spirit overarching the tides that never changes. We need them both. Thanks for getting us thinking once again!


  13. Tides and waves truly are a source of so many metaphors and inspiration! The imagery of inhale and exhale of the tides is a favorite meditation of mine. I loved your description – slow breath of our planet.

    The shoreline is where land meets the sea – yet the land also continues below the water, It’s the shoreline that disappears and reappears with each tide – I loved this simple observation that pulls awareness deeper.

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  14. This is such a great read, aFrank. I enjoyed the sounds of the ocean tremendously since we are in a cold snap … 48 lol … that’s keeping me indoors. This line ©Tides – the slow breaths of our planet – usually one slow inhale followed by one slow exhale … creates a beautiful visual. Thank you for expressing the feelings I have for the wonder of the “Beach”. Be Safe …. Merry Christmas to you🎄
    Isadora 😎

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