38 – Signs *

Special thanks to Fraggle for providing the photos. Fraggle is in the UK and I encourage readers to visit her photography blog Fraggle: Rocking a camera across the universe. Please tell her I sent you and feel free to comment on her images here. All images are copyrighted by Fraggle and Fragglerocking Photo Blog.

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 the feet.

Before leaving the condo, I look for signs about the conditions: the flags, the sky, the waves, the clouds, and the people on the beach. One colored flags are special – red, yellow, green, or purple to indicate water conditions or the presence of harmful marine life. All indicating the conditions that I will encounter as I walk – indicators that are signs.

Thinking of indicators reminds me of my science teaching days with students using litmus paper and other chemicals – a color or a color change serving as a sign with meaning.

The sand by the waterline is a sign of the tide. I prefer the wide, flat beach of low tide.

I think of all the signs each of us encounter during a typical day. Signs, such as symbols, icons, logos, and codes with numbers, pictures, and only a few words – and many without words.

Signs on bulletin boards, interior and exterior walls, poles, and in windows. Signs as stickers, posters, billboards, chalkboards, decals, stamps, neon lights, banners, badges, message boards, flags, and placards. Printed, painted, handwritten, or electronically displayed signs for regulations, advertisements, safety, announcements, directions, signals, information, and identity.

Signs are an indication, signal, hint, suggestion, evidence, warning, threat, promise – all indicating a probable presence or occurrence of something. Some signs are as obvious as a stop sign – or subtle as flowers to someone.

I think about the signs in a grocery store. Signs identifying aisles and the product-groups on its shelves Then each product has a sign of a price sticker and a label. Old record stores grouped artists by musical genre, followed by arranging every artist in alphabetical order – and most with a sign.

I think about the signs in nature as animal tracks, droppings, or phrases that help us identify poison ivy: “If three let in be, but if five let it thrive.” A tree’s leaf and bark are signs of its identity.

I think about signs regarding health and medicine – a symptom indicating a problem, let alone the all-important vital signs doctors commonly check. Blood tests reporting specific conditions in the body by indicating various levels of substances as normal or not – even above or below normal.

I remind myself that each of us were born under one of the 12 Zodiac signs. Special cheers to fellow Aquarians.

As humans, we show emotional signs through body language, facial expressions, gestures, and tone of voice – all with many meanings. Think tears – a sign of love, grief, joy, success, hurt, strength, authenticity, and mo
I think about other body language signs as thumbs up or down, smiles or frowns, faces as happy or sad, nods, waves, arm position, and a variety of facial expressions.

The signs of mathematics come to mind – the positive and negative, the four key signs of mathematical operations, a variety of Greek symbols indicating a constant value or a defined meaning; such as delta meaning change and sigma meaning sum.

I think of signs as identity – such as logos, insignias, emblems, crests, badges, uniforms, and coats of arms. Some are universal, others language-specific. Everyone knows the golden arches are a sign. But if we are in another country, we may have to rely on the pictures on a menu sign to order.

I think of the signs on written music as key and time signatures, tempo, accents, legatos, staccatos, slurs, accents, crescendos, decrescendos, holds, and codas to name a few. Plus, some are instrument specific signs for a mart, mallet, mart lift, ring touch, toll swing, suspend, let vibrate, and more for handbell ringers.

Signs as indicators, warnings, omens, premonitions, foreshadowing, and threats in my surroundings as storm clouds, high winds, and rough water are signs of what is and as harbingers of what may come. Each season has numerous signs announcing the transition from one season to another.

I think about the signs on a standard keyboard – signs for currency values, mathematical language, percent, the “at” sign for email addresses, and hashtags – although I like to refer to it as an octothorpe over hashtag or number sign.

Some can communicate with sign language while the rest of us look for high signs, sure signs, the sign of the cross, and the directions to sign, seal, and deliver.

As a verb, sign brings to mind signatures, countersigning, initials, and witnesses for contracts, validation, certification, authorization, agreement, approval, and a seemingly endless list of stamps of approval. Then there is that request for an autograph signed on a souvenir.

We can also sign for, sign up, sign in, sign on, sign out, and sign off, let alone sign one’s life away, sign a pledge, and sign countless documents as long as we sign on the dotted line.

Because we recognize signs of progress, signs of a good person or a great mind, let this be the first sign of the beginning of the end of this walking adventure. We know no shirt, no shoes means no service to some. Besides, long-haired freaky people need not apply because sign, sign, everywhere a sign.

Signs are all around us, and for many reasons. So, thinking about signs has been good company for my walk. After all, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

See what other bloggers have written about beaches

Next Post:  Love – Tuesday 9 February @ 1 AM (Eastern US)

Follow Beach Walk Reflections

  • Facebook (BeachWalk Reflections)
  • Instagram (BeachWalk Reflections)
  • Twitter (@ReflectionsWalk)
  • WordPress (Follow or Subscribe)

137 thoughts on “38 – Signs *”

  1. hi frank / you delivered here because when i saw the title for this post i did think of the Fuve Man Electric band song and was a great ending
    🎵🎵🎵☀️
    “sign for, sign up, sign in, sign on, sign out, and sign of”
    and i am signing out now too so TTYL

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Yvette,
      Wow … that’s like yelling Bingo after one number! 🙂 Thanks. The song was in my head when writing this. When I found the video that fit for me, I never I had to work a lyric into the walk. Cheers to success … and for your additions! What did you think of Fraggle’s photos?

      Liked by 1 person

        1. Great … Glad you enjoyed Fraggle’s photos = but I’ll take the credit for the placement. Typically, including this one, my collaborators supply the photos for the topic without seeing the text. Then I place the photos in spots that I think fit. Thanks for the aFa reference. 🙂 Actually, this week was the one-year anniversary of the closing post. Good timing!

          Liked by 1 person

          1. wow – one year – time has gone fast in that sense
            but when i think i about a year ago and the months – in others ways jt was a full year that did nkt quite fly by (and not just covid stuff – i had a very good year overall)
            ttys

            Liked by 1 person

  2. Signs are like white noise for the eyes. We are constantly bombarded. Do you remember this song? “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind, Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?” Five Man Electrical Band. I love that song. And it is so pertinent!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Elizabeth,
      Welcome to my private sands as a first-time beach walker. It’s a joy to have you and thanks for letting me know you came over from Fraggle’s. Yes – her photos are wonderful. Plus, she and I are collaborating again in the future. 🙂 I’ll be over soon … and hope you return for another walk. Meanwhile, I invite you to visit any of the previous walks. FYI: * indicates collaborations.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Love everyone’s comments about signs and I do remember that song……I think our world is overcrowded with signs/directions/instructions which is one thing I’ve ALWAYS loved about the beach. No signs….other than footprints in the sand to follow or a darkening sky before rain – now those are signs I don’t mind at all!

    Pam

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Pam,
      Our world of so many signs. And yes – at times way to much clutter – but we just move past them. I like the way Pam described them as visual white noise. …. and the string of billboards as if I was passing a billboard farm. But yes …. cheers to the natural signs on the beach!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. I had the song “Signs” running through my head the entire time I was reading! In modern life we are so overwhelmed with signs that is becomes so easy to miss the important ones through all the clutter. Like you, when I go out the door I look for the natural signs like wind, sky, clouds, feel of the air and smell.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Holy smokes that a lotta signs Frank! And of course now I have an ear worm of the Signs song. Somehow I think we are of a similar “vintage” based on your choices this week. I remember that song only too well 😊. I was amazed at the number of sign examples you came up with – well done! Enjoyed the images as well – will stop and visit Fraggle next. So glad I came upon your blog – enjoying it immensely.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Tina,
      Those of us of that era certainly have that song going through our heads. I admit, it was doing so as I was writing this post – therefore the reason why I included the lyrics in the post. When I found the video of signs to the music, I knew it was meant to be. Glad you enjoyed this walk and thanks for the kind words. Enjoy visiting Fraggle!

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Connie,
      Welcome first-time beach walker … and by the way of Fraggle’s. Hope you enjoyed her photos! I post three days a week, and (at least in my opinion), the walks are good readers for morning coffee. I invite you to visit the previous walks … and so you know – * is a sign for a collaboration.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. I love the signs near beaches that have a long list of things that are prohibited and yet end with “Enjoy” or “Have a nice day.” Good thoughts on signs, of all sorts, Frank and very good photos!

    Liked by 2 people

  7. My late dad was an Aquarius, too — happy birthday month, Frank (or was it January?) I find it interesting how many signs we see every day, mostly without consciousness. And I’m particularly fascinated by the signs in nature. Early people became adept at recognizing them — they had to, or they wouldn’t have known when to plant, when to take cover from bad weather, and so on. Thought-provoking walk!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Debbie,
      I agree. Combine all the various forms for human signs and natural signs, whew … we are surrounded by signs! Great point how early humans used nature’s signs. Some still today such is my area – don’t plant outdoor flowers before Mother’s Day. Thanks for walking along and hope you enjoyed Fraggle’s photos.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. At times signs are so subtle one needs to pay close attention. Something that we humans are not good at doing. Good post. I always disliked the “signs” song due to the lyrical assumption that if you have nothing, you deserve everything.

    Liked by 3 people

  9. Another great collaboration, Frank! You’re so thorough covering diverse topics with the help of several minds and eyes, all contemplated on your beach walks. My favorite signs were “This Way” and “That Way” 🙂 And now that song is stuck in my noggin today. You also gifted us another fantastic photography blog to follow.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Mary Jo,
      Thank you, thank you, thank you. Not only do I appreciate your visits and thoughtful comments, but cheers to you for visiting my collaborators. Meanwhile, this post was fun to write. Once I started thinking about signs, it’s amazing how they consume our lives. And yes – I also love the opening image! … and cheers to Fraggle for the variety!

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Marc,
      LOL … That song was churning in my mind as a wrote this post – and I recall thinking that I had to work the lyric into the walk. … and once I found the video of signs to that song – winner winner chicken dinner! Idea – talk to Fraggle about the pic – and then get a large version made for your living room!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Seriously. Whenever it comes to talk about signs, that band really does have the market cornered.

        WooHOOOO!!!

        As for Trevor Bauer going to the Dodgers, it appears as if San Diego and Los Angeles are playing Game of Thrones now.

        Liked by 1 person

          1. And if Clemens won’t come back, you guys could always give Greg Maddux a call.

            As for the Dodgers and Pads, barring injuries, one of those two clubs is going to be playing in the World Series. I’m hoping it’s San Diego. They’ve never won it all.

            Liked by 1 person

  10. You ably and eloquently covered all sorts of signs, Frank, and Fraggle did a great job of finding good ones. I think many people miss signs these days, even obvious ones. I know they don’t pay much attention to road and speed signs. 🙂 I got a chuckle out of the sign in the song link. I do love finding funny signs. In the vein of that one, I’ve seen “Trespassers will be persecuted.” 🙂

    Happy Saturday!

    janet

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Janet,
      Absolutely, there are many signs and I tried to cover a wide range. I particularly enjoy signs with a sense of humor. Interestingly, Cincinnati is the home to the American Sign Museum. An interesting place focusing more on outdoor signs. Interesting how franchise signs change over time. Glad you enjoyed this post and Fraggle’s photos. Enjoy your weekend.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Lisa,
      Mediative with occasional embedded chuckles and wonderful photos? … Now that’s success! Every once in a while my quirky side comes out. 🙂 Regarding your questions about how I came up with the types of signs, I think first and record notes before writing … and most of the time, not all the thoughts come out on the first set of notes. Even when I’m transforming the notes into a draft, or even editing drafts, other thoughts come forward. Besides, I like thinking beyond the obvious.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. A different kind of walk today, but interesting, Frank. I guess I’m one of the few who did not have the song going through my head. I guess I’ve heard it before, but . . . 😏
    Happy Birthday month.! My husband, daughters, and mother-in-law are all Aquarians.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Marina,
      Glad you enjoyed this unexpected walk. With so many topics directly related to the beach completed, topics going forward will cover a wide variety. I think Love is next – after all, Valentine’s Day is approaching. Glad you enjoyed Fraggle’s photos and thanks for visiting her. Yamas!

      Liked by 1 person

  12. As I was reading this post the song, “Signs,” was playing in my head and then, look there, at the end you posted the video of it. 🙂 As a child I used to find reading billboeards a good way to pass the time when stuck in the car on a long trip. And with my poor sense of direction I rely on signs to get me where I’m going, especially in huge airports. The phrase “sign of the times” also comes to mind.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Barbara,
      I chuckled when you mentioned the song in your head because that happened to any here with this post – including me when I was writing this walk. Thanks for sharing a bit of your personal story about signs. I would look at billboards trying to get through the alphabet (in order) with the first letter on signs. “Sign of the times” is a great addition. Thanks. Don’t you think “crazy” is a word for a sign of the times today?

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Hi, Frank – First off, I’ve always LOVED the song ‘Signs’. I haven’t heard it for ages. Thank you for including it here. Secondly, you have TONS of comments. When I’ve wanted to refer back to your post from the comments, that’s a lot of scrolling! 😀 ‘Signs’ is a very provocative topic. They truly are everywhere. A bit like you, before I go out for my walk each morning I check the signs (on my weather app). These days my questions usually center around: how much Gore-Tex do I need to wear? Finally, thank you for introducing us to Fraggle. Great photos!

    Like

    1. Donna,
      Great point about using a weather app to check the many signs it offers. Some can be said for traffic apps … and probably more. AND … very happy to see that I renewed your joy for a song! A definite classic for our generation. In terms of the comments, visitors that leave comments, I answer as many as I can. I’ve long held the belief that if someone takes the time to leave a comment, I need to take the time to reply … and especially more than a mere Thank You. Glad you enjoyed Fraggle’s photos, so I encourage you to visit her. FYI: Some wonderful photographers have appeared here. 🙂 … and thanks again for your picture.

      Like

  14. I really love the photo of the tree silhouetted against the deep orange sky. That’s a sign of something special! I like to watch for the signs of change in any environment. We are seeing signs of spring that make quite truthfully make me happy. You covered a lot of bases for signs in all forms. Good post, Frank. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Great job of linking signs to walks on the beach! I still remember a sign in St. Martin when we were on a cruse many years ago. It was along the beach and it said “2 chairs 6 beers 1 umbrella $20” It caught my eye and I snapped a photo. I overheard one of the workers there saying something like: people just want to take a picture of the sign and don’t want to buy -I still remember that from years ago! And I still have my photo 😊

    Like

  16. Happy birthday month, Frank!
    And that first sign… no Legal Highs? I dunno man, that’s pretty harsh 😉
    We are bombarded by signs all over, aren’t we? Fabulous pictures by Fraggle to go with!
    And of course this song HAD to be part of it

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Dale,
      When one notices, we are probably more than bombarded with signs! … and my head is spinning just thinking about it. Thanks note only for the birthday month wish, but for also remembering. More on that later. In terms of the sign, it was an earworm when I was drafting this, so that’s why I included it in the prose. When I found the video of signs to the song, I knew the deal was done! Glad you enjoyed Fraggle’s pics … and on behalf of her, thank you. I can say that she and I are working on our next two collaborations. 🙂

      Like

  17. Love everything about this post Frank!!!! I’m boppin to the music as I type. VERY Well thought out and delivered one so many levels. Love that sign on trespassers…almost got for my drive with stolln packages etc. didnt know about fragile. great pics! I think you got all the signs but mine but hey I’m a water sign so close enough.. Happy belated birthday… I’m a pieces! Have a great day!!! ❤️💖👏👏👏

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Cindy,
      Glad you enjoyed this journey about signs … and cheers for your love for the music. So many level of signs today to think about, and if nothing else, I get people thinking a little beyond the obvious. Oh … you are just life my wife – a fish – one who requires water. 😉 No belated birthday for me .. at least not yet – but I will have a beach walk about .. surprise … Birthdays!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Thanks, will do! I followed through from Fraggle’s blog, whose photography I’ve been following for many years. I presently live by Lake Ontario, so I spend a lot of time walking on beaches, losing myself in thought and reverie (and taking photographs) 😁

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.