29 – Sea *

Special thanks to Otto Munchow for providing the photographs. Otto, a photojournalist from Norway, travels the world to capture moments. I encourage readers to visit Otto at In Flow with Creativity, plus you can find him on Instagram (ottovonmunchow). Please tell him I sent you and feel free to comment on his images here. All photos are copyrighted by Otto Munchow.

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

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

As I walk, a vast mass of water is 180 degrees to my side – a mass of water with its currents moving it ashore and beyond. The moving water that splashes and refreshes me.

I look out across the seemingly endless surface of water with no land in sight, other than the sand in the visual periphery where I stand. No wonder the ancient people thought edges were at the end. Edges that sunrises and sunsets reinforce.

To think that this gulf is small compared to the seas – and the oh my of the seas being specks compared to the oceans. The amount of water on our planet is unimaginable. Besides, most people don’t realize the bigness of one million – let alone millions, billions, trillions, and beyond.

All that seawater, plus the water of rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, puddles, pools, glaciers, ice, and even underground – let alone in the clouds collecting as sponges before releasing the water as rain, snow, sleet, or hail.

All that seawater whose salt represents the salt of tears releasing from our eyes as an emotional response.

All that water in the sea that can be soothing, maddening, heartbreaking, nurturing, and motivational.

Even when the sea is calm, it is not still. Waves and currents are constant. Tides moving to their pattern. It is water’s movement delivering the awe of waterfalls and a sense of serenity from the water of a babbling stream moving over the rocks – or while looking across a seemingly still lake to the other side.

I think of water moving in its cycle. Where has that drop on my knee been? Who has it touched? Did it touch a television or movie star? A world leader? A historic figure? Perhaps da Vinci, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, or Confucius? A farmer, carpenter, librarian, artist, fisherman, musician, or business leader? Or even Lucy the early hominid, Lucille Ball, or Kenny Rogers.

I wonder if the water that soothes my feet ever freely flowed in the smooth stream near my Ohio home. Maybe I’ve seen it before as rain on me.

I think of ancient people during ancient times who were unaware of water’s cyclic ways. Water from the sea is received by the clouds. No wonder they saw the sky as a solid dome separating the waters from above and below. No wonder they saw rain as something that came down from their god above.

Fossils show that long before the existence of ancient people, the sea covered the land – including lands that are currently far from the sea.

Water – so much of it – so many uses – so vital for life – no wonder it is a powerful metaphor. There is much to wonder about water, but now I will settle on allowing my mind to wander as water refreshes my feet.

Water is ungovernable, yet we try our best to manage it. Water seems irrational as it works around our governing attempt. Water is so active that it seems to be boundless chaos

Think about the legends and tales the sea has given us: the mythological sirens, mermaids, sea monsters, and the cultural gods and goddesses – the sea as home to legends, battles, and sunken treasures.

The role of the sea in culture has been important for centuries. People experiencing the sea in contradictory ways: as powerful, but serene; as beautiful, but dangerous; as calm, but vengeful. Humans respond to the sea through literature, art, poetry, film, theatre, and music.

The sea – home to thoughts of courage, romance, loneliness, discovery, adventure, and fantasy.

Depending on the depth, much of the sea is dark because light can only penetrate the water so far – yet the sea is home to some bioluminescent organisms. The sea is also home for many more oxygen-releasing organisms than are found on land. Yes – the seas as the main source for precious oxygen.

The sea surrounds islands, acts as borders, and touches the coasts of many countries. Cities were founded and thrived on the sea as centers for trade, recreation, travel, and today – research.

The sea – a place abundant in life – a life that I don’t typically see – life that I only see a tiny fraction of when I walk.

All that water that makes our planetary home blue – that refreshing blue from space – that pale blue dot in the greater cosmos that is an oasis in the vast desert of space. Yes, this is our home that I walk – the place where I think. Just another reason why I like walking on the beach, which is also good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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95 thoughts on “29 – Sea *”

    1. Merril,
      Good Morning. There is much one could write about the seas and oceans – it’s actually overwhelming – but this worked. Otto is an outstanding photographer, so I consider myself lucky to get him. Fortunately, our relationship goes back to aFa. …. and THANK YOU for your poem.

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  1. Water – the sea – is an enigma when you think about it. As you said, who else has touched the water that you see? Yet there is no way of identifying any amount of water. You can’t tag it, in the way wildlife is tagged to see where creatures travel, and where they turn up next. You always give me plenty to ponder, Frank. 🙂
    Thank you, Otto, for sharing your amazing photos with Frank. I suppose with recent restrictions, your travels are currently limited. It look like you have made, and captured on film, several memories to tide you over until we are able to move around the world freely again. 🙂

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    1. Joanne,
      “Enigma” is a wonderful word to describe the sea. Love your idea that we “can’t tag it” as we do with wildlife. For me, thinking about water’s journey is overwhelming. I know the water cycle and everything, but to water’s journey way back in time is incomprehensible.

      Thanks for the wonderful comment to Otto. I’m sure he will appreciate it. I too, wonder about him who travels the world for his photography, yet has been limited during the pandemic. But I’ve got the feeling he has made it work.

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  2. Lovely thoughts, Frank. I particularly like the fact that we can’t begin to comprehend how much water surrounds us. We don’t have a measurement that works. It’s beyond our ability. I think you’re right to focus at the water at your feet.

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    1. Dan,
      I agree – we can begin to comprehend the amount of water. Sure, experts can give us a number of millions of gallons with more zeros, but I’m a believer that most of us can’t comprehend how big the number one million actually is – let alone millions upon millions. To spend one million dollars in a year requires us to spend almost $2740 dollars per day … that’s every day for one year. And that just one million! On the other hand, as one who loves to play with a camera, what did you think of Ott’s photos?

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  3. Water is so much a part of our lives. We need it to survive and yet it can kill us in a heartbeat. It’s surrounds us, it nurtures us and it allows us to dream. The true meaning of infinity is to look out onto an ocean at dusk and know everything is possible.

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  4. Thank you for the peaceful, thoughtful walk, Frank. You’re not the only one who wonders where drops of water have traveled over the centuries. Otto’s photos are spectacular, as always — I’ve been following his blog for a while now.

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  5. The Endless Sea
    Years ago I was in a relationship with a guy who worked in the Persian Gulf. And I’d stand with my toes in the surf and imagine him standing the same, and know we were connected by that water, no matter the miles

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      1. The ones you’ve featured are brilliant. But I’ve not had a chance to look at his site. You’d not believe how so far behind I am with everything, struggling to keep up, what with the problems I had with the laptop, then I’m having to move and that involves paperwork, and my father’s getting better now, looks like he’s survived the covid, but it all piles on. I’m beginning to feel like I’ve stood in some quicksand.

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        1. Crispina,
          Otto is an outstanding photographer, and I consider myself honored and lucky to be able to collaborate with him. You can follow him on Instagram. Meanwhile, don’t beat yourself up on being behind – especially because you have much on your plate at the moment. Takes care of yourself first! After all, we will be here when you return. And don’t worry about catching up – so I recommend that those missed posts just pass on by. Take care of yourself! … and I’m happy your father is doing better!

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  6. A lovely reflection of the beauty and the importance of Earth’s seas. I am an ocean person rather than a mountain person, and I am glad I live close enough to the Maine coast so that I can visit from time to time.

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  7. I don’t consider it arbitrary that our creation story has water/seas as coming into being on the third day. Water is so important for survival of humans, animals, and plants. Beautiful walk this morning, Frank, and Otto’s photos illustrate it magnificently. I especially love the trombone player with the skyline in the background!

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    1. Debbie,
      There is no doubt that humanity’s reliance on water goes way back in history – therefore, water has also ample uses as a metaphor. I’m sure Otto has many images of the sea – so I didn’t know what to expect to see – but these are a joy! I like the trombone player pic, too!

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  8. I think not just the ocean but the entire world is of such a scale that we need to concentrate on the smaller parts of it just to comprehend even a bit of it. Even a fantastic mountain range is made of incomprehensible amounts of earth and rock and trees and… We as people often get to think of ourselves as pretty big and important. Take a look around, really look, and you might understand your place in the world.

    For a wonderful book about water starting at a tiny source and ending in the ocean, as well as being a great adventure book for children and adults alike and a great way to teach/learn a bit of geography, read “Paddle to the Sea”, written and illustrated by American author/artist Holling C. Holling. It’s marvelous!

    janet

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    1. Janet,
      Thanks for sharing your wonderful perspective. Love the thoughts about the amount of earth materials that compose a mountain. I must remember that one. In terms of the importance of humanity, all we have to do to verify thoughts about humanity’s importance, just ask a human. Yep – we (as a group) are clueless of the big picture and grand scheme. Thanks for sharing the resources, too!

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  9. Such a thought provoking post, Frank. I don’t think we can even fully comprehend how massive the waters are on this planet. Like our bodies that have more water then mass, the Earth is more water then land. I loved both your ocean video and the Kitaro video. I have most of all of Kitaro’s music. Thank you for this special journey of water. It was so appreciated by me.

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    1. Amy,
      Cheers to a Kitaro lover! 🙂 So relaxing and moving! Agree -as a whole, humanity doesn’t have a clue about the enormity of it all – let alone the interrelationship within. Then again, I personally believe much of that is due to narrow-sided selfishness. Thanks for sharing your joy for the natural world.

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      1. Water fascinates me, draws me, always has, Frank. Just in one drop is life. Life! I love the natural world! It’s glorious to cross paths with someone else who respects and loves Mother. SMILE!! xo

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  10. I really liked this post about the sea . It is poetic and also geographical and geologic.
    Personally this has led me to revisit my old knowledges about the electrolysis of water (using salt water such as sea water) producing oxygen and hydrogen.
    Thank you, Frank.
    In friendship
    Michel

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  11. Frank, I always feel an affinity for water…river, lake, waterfall, stream, spring, ocean, dew, snow, frost, icicles, raindrops, a puddle after rain. I enjoyed this post, both the beautiful photos and the interesting narration. Have a great week! 🙂

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  12. A lovely reflection, Frank, that reminded me of the staggering need to preserve and sustain our water supplies. When I look out at the immensity of the Pacific ocean (I live in Vancouver Canada) I realize that I must be be part of the solution. And that there is hope for renewal. “Statistics on global water challenges are daunting: 3 billion people don’t have basic handwashing facilities. A quarter of the world’s population live in countries facing extremely high water stress. There are more than 500 dead zones — areas of the ocean without enough oxygen for most marine life to survive — from untreated wastewater. The solutions to the world’s water crises, though, cost far less than you might think. New WRI research found that securing water for our societies by 2030 could cost just over 1% of global GDP — about 29 cents per person, per day from 2015-2030.” https://www.wri.org/blog/2020/01/cost-to-solve-global-water-crisis

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  13. So, yes, the sea /oceans/ water cover most of earth.
    I understand this post is about the sea. Still, you say/mention water… water.
    Water is wonderful, until there is a lack of it.
    I’m thinking about people who don’t have enough (fresh… not sea) water.
    “Water water everywhere nor an drop to drink”.

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    1. Resa,
      Yes … I referred to water many times … seemingly interchangeably with the sea – yet there was a method to my madness as you may have noticed that I closed focusing on the sea. Interestingly, you last quote I just used it in my answer to Rebecca. Cheers to us being in sync … Clink!

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  14. I am enjoying your reflections on the sea and the evocative Kitaro piece you have linked.

    “Water is ungovernable, yet we try our best to manage it. Water seems irrational as it works around our governing attempt. Water is so active that it seems to be boundless chaos” – this really resonated. I will be thinking on this for the rest of the day.

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  15. Another fantastic post Frank and yes Otto is amazing as always. I love spending time near sea during sunrise or sunset. Those are some of the magical moments.

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  16. Water will never be governed by man. As much as we harness it, there is always that recognition, that if it wants to kick our butts, it will. No matter what we build, no matter what we think we can do to stop it. It’s why I love the water. Because it doesn’t want to be owned, but if we are content to borrow, it gives us so much.

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  17. I know Otto’s wonderful photography, Frank, and always think he has so much beauty and inspiration to share. I’m so glad to see him here on your post. It’s been years since I thought of the the fossils and evidence of very high water marks that I first saw as a child in some of our local bluffs. I can remember being quite young and trying to figure that out!

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  18. You are right Frank, Otto’s photography is exceptional … but surely that’s you in the last one? Didn’t you two go sailing together?

    You really pull these posts together well …

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              1. it was a motivating factor for me to blog, but now I’m busy I’m trying to cut back on the blogging … difficult as I love writing, reading and commenting 🙂

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  19. Ahhh … the power of the sea.
    Intense and in control of all who travel upon her.
    Traveled on Holland America for a News Year’s eve cruise in 2001.
    A terrible storm came through one night. The ship rocked and rolled from side to side.
    It felt like the ship would crack in two. The sea showcased who was in charge.
    Have a wonderful week, aFrank.
    Be Safe 😷 … Isadora 😎

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  20. The world beneath the water is a fascinating one, isn’t it, Frank? The jewel bright colours and graceful shapes. We can’t imagine life as a sea urchin! I was at the beach again this morning. We weren’t sure if it was out of bounds during the current restrictions. I was so light-hearted to find that it was not 🙂 🙂 Otto is a sea lover too, I’m sure. It shows in his photographs.

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  21. Otto sent me via his post. This is a beautiful meditation. It has been a while since I was by a lake or ocean, listening to the waves, or on a dock listening to the water lapping underneath the boards. I re-experienced those sensations but also where it all comes from and how it interacts. The footage was wonderful and reminded me of how much we humans can accomplish when we collaborate. Thank you.

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    1. Jane,
      Welcome first-time beach walker on my personal sand … and a friend of Otto’s is a friend of mine. After all, the good people of the world must stick together.

      Thanks for the kind words about the walk. The tone you described is what I aim for in each walk. The format is also the same, but the topics change. this was only the 29th walk, so I invite you to read any of the past walks. Interestingly, all I told Otto was collaborating about the sea, and requesting 4-5 images. That is, he never saw the text, and it worked! Hope you return!

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  22. All that water in the sea that can be soothing, maddening, heartbreaking, nurturing, and motivational.
    The sea – home to thoughts of courage, romance, loneliness, discovery, adventure, and fantasy.

    My favorite lines :)))

    I appreciate how you bring out the Bigness of water, how ungovernable it is. Yet I find such humility in all that power. It always surrenders to the shapes and cycles it is subjected to. Just now I commented on another blog post that talked about the scarcity of water for drinking and household use. Then your post filled me with a feeling of abundance regarding this precious element. To me it is the purest magical potion there is that truly sustains life.

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    1. PD,

      “All that water, and so little to drink.” I don’t know who said that, but it is so real. Whether it be for the people in underdeveloped nations throughout the world or for those in drought areas as in your state, it does boggle the mind. I was thinking about the bigness the other day. Looking out across a bay, gulf, sea, or ocean. From the perspective of the observer, is there a difference? Sure there is a difference to the geographer, but to the one looking, all are an endless plain that fades into the horizon.

      Thanks for sharing your favorite lines. Plus, I appreciate the way thought about humility nd power.

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  23. Gorgeous photo and thoughtful commentary. I live on the shore of Lake Michigan, and although it’s beautiful and awe inspiring, there is so much invisible pollution as to be discouraging. It’s beauty and life giving power should encourage us to protect it even more. Thanks for the beautiful reminder.

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  24. Walking on the beach is one of the most healing experiences there is. When I had my first cancer I lived at the beach and I know I never would have done as well as I did if I had been anywhere else. At night, or even if I wasn’t strong enough to walk that day I could hear the waves and they would take me along on a journey. Thanks for sharing your walk.

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    1. Michelle,
      Welcome first-time beach walker on my personal sands. You lived on the beach? Oh boy – that’s a wow in itself! Yes, there is something about having that sound perpetually in your surroundings. Meanwhile, about this place, I try to maintain the same tone and format for each walk – but the topics change. I enjoyed seeing the comments on your About page with reminders of those from the past. Hope you return for another walk.

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