183 – Deep

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

Deep is my theme for the day. Deep that is intense, heavy, extreme, profound, mysterious, and obscure. Deep expands the mind because deep is a trip through the known into the unknown. Deep is the travel route to make meaningful connections.

With the sea, I think deep as a distance from the surface and then down to the floor. Different depths receive different amounts of light, therefore suitable for different life forms.

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Eventually, there is the darkest of deep – a place where light does not reach. A deep place without photosynthetic plants to serve as the producers to start the food chain. A deep place with other organisms able to make their food from an energy source other than light. Yes – they start a food chain in the dark depths of deep.

I think about the deep sea of knowledge – all that humanity knows – the body of knowledge. There is so much to know about any subject. Just pick one. The more I know and learn about something, the more I realize how much I don’t know – how much there is to learn.

Most, if not all, subjects are deep – deeper than I realize. However, just as the sea invites me to walk this beach, the sea of knowledge invites us to learn. One must be willing to learn – be willing to dive into the deep sea of knowledge – but some are afraid of what they may learn.

These waters contain much information about the known; such as the living creatures and their interactions with each other and with the materials comprising the floor, plus the waters above and around. The shipwrecks lying on the seafloor tell a story about human life in the past.

The vast waters also remain a source of the unknown – animals not seen, treasures not found, and more. “Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea” sparks a question. How would Jeremiah the bullfrog know about the deep blue sea because bullfrogs live in freshwater?

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I look across the water to the horizon – that unreachable boundary – the boundary between the known and the unknown. The horizon serves as a challenge to go deep into the subject. I look up from the horizon toward the sky with its blue and scattered clouds. I see the sky as a horizon because tonight it will open into the new world – a night sky with stars, suns, planets, moons, and galaxies. Both the waters and the sky are deep.

I love images of deep space because they are intriguing, mystical, inspirational, and full of wonder – well, at least, to me. Deep space telescopes such as Hubble and Webb fill me with deep thoughts that go far beyond the obvious.

I think about DNA because Nobel Prize scientists first explained its structure in the year I was born. The amount of genetic information within each one of us is mind-boggling. Today, we know so much about information lying in the sequencing of triplet nucleotides. Oh, how the information and application of DNA have grown deeper and deeper in my lifetime.

I think about deep colors – deep reds, greens, and blues. The depth of those colors that are on the way toward black. Colors that don’t seem to shine or illuminate because they are deep. Even a deep brown from combining the right proportions of red, yellow, and blue.

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Deep feelings are found deep within each of us at a depth that may be difficult for others to reach – let alone understand. No wonder many of us hold onto feelings of the unattainable and hurt found deep within.

Kisses run deep, especially when you are with the one holding your heart. Love runs deep – a deep love of sharing, protecting, and wanting to know more. Deep love is a powerful bond serving as glue between two people.

Deep reaches into sports. The football quarterback asks a receiver to go deep so they can throw the deep ball. In baseball, the battle between the batter and the pitcher goes deep into the count, but will the batter succeed at going deep? Maybe an infielder will go deep into the hole for a big defensive play.

Deep can be a gorge, gash, cave, or something profound, mysterious, or obscure. While still waters run deep, beauty is shallow because it is only skin deep. A deep dive into the deep end may lead to linking deep pockets to a deep state, but being caught between the devil and the deep sea is not deep peace.

People can go off the deep end because they may be in too deep – even in deep doo doo. People can dance deep into the night, but deep yawns may be the forerunner to deep sleep. Deep thinkers enjoy taking a deep dive deep into the weeds of a subject, but only a few people enjoy a deep freeze.

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The idea of deep purple takes me into the world of music. One doesn’t have to be deep in the heart of Texas to wonder how deep is your love, but a singer’s deep voice is quite distinct.

I receive many comments about the depth of my beach walk essay. While I like to think deep is a good word for this place, I’m amazed at how deep the brain can go when I give it a chance. It’s not always easy, but once the brain gets into dive mode, deep thoughts come to the surface easily.

Deep is one reason I like to walk on the beach. It’s not the only – but I do enjoy thinking here. Letting my mind roam while hoping my brain will take me to a deep place: that place for meaningful contemplation – for deep thought. No wonder walking the beach is also good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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97 thoughts on “183 – Deep”

  1. “Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea” sparks a question. How would Jeremiah the bullfrog know about the deep blue sea because bullfrogs live in freshwater? That had me giggling…thatnever occurred to me before! LOL!

    Thanks for yet another deeply thought out post.

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  2. This piece is deep, Cincy.

    I dig how you wove the oceans and space together, because to me they are the same difference. There is so much we don’t know on both sides of the equation and our expeditions, as deep as they become, will never truly know everything there is to know about them. I find it magical.

    As for the deepest shade in the world, it’s vantablack. At least according to a lot of artists.

    The deepest early season hole? The Padres are 0-2! Fire the manager!

    Anytime you can summon Three Dog Night into the mix, I am there for that. And to chase it with some Zeus (wild video) . . . deep!

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    1. Marc,
      Thanks for the kind words about the essay. Transitioning from the deep sea to deep space seemed so logical to me in this one. After all, I’m in awe of deep space. We will never learn everything – there is way to much to learn. As I like to say, the more one learns, the more they find out how much they don’t know. Thanks for the scoop about vantablack. I’ve never heard of it, so at least now I know.

      Glad you enjoyed the video. I take pride in selecting the closing video, and I’m never sure how many watch it.

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      1. Yeah, space doesn’t have a fence, which makes it the most intriguing of discussions. There is no end to the thing. At least, I don’t think there is . . .

        Hanging around artists, I learned a thing or two.

        I feel that. 😉

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  3. Jeremiah may know more about the deep blue sea than he gets credit for. After all, he is a very unique bullfrog. And if he shares his very fine wine, then joy to the fishes in the deep blue see too!

    The oceans and the universe seem to hold us together. I think they could be explored for all eternity and the exploration would never reach an end. You sure chose some stunning photos to illustrate your essay.

    Fabulous video to sum it all up. Some of those images of snow covered trees are eerie, yet captivating.

    Wishing you a weekend that ends this week and begins next week on a good note.

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    1. Ginger,
      For some reason (and it may seem strange), I see the sea and deep space as the bread of a sandwich … and we are in between. … and we get the chance to examine in both directions!!!

      Glad you enjoyed the photos. Pexels.com offers a great collection, and it just so happens I made some good decisions. Hope you had a good weekend.


  4. As soon as I saw the walk’s topic, my thoughts first turned to the depth of the seas. How there are so many creatures who roam the bottom of the seas as if they must think it quite strange we are roaming about above and through them. Every time I see footage of a deep sea variety, it never fails to amaze me what life is dwn there. I do think when it comes to depth of feelings some of us have a wider range than others. When we say we love our work, some folks would literally go off the deep end if it stopped, while others would find something else to love. Of course that applies to relationships as well. I think we humans have unique depth metrics depending on the subject. Enjoyed the walk, Frank!

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    1. Bruce,
      Thanks for the thoughtful comment. Your words reflected the depth of deep! Thinking about the similarities and differences between life on land vs. the sea is an interesting thought in itself. Fortunately, the discovery being genetically embedded in human DNA, we can learn about it through the quest of others. The very deep of the sea still seems very mysterious to me.

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  5. Ahh, my favorite subject. Deep. Beautiful words you’ve written here, and such strength in the depth. Thank you also for linking to my blog, “Deep Waters.” And thank you for understanding my depth. Joy to the world, and to you and me, Frank. It’s a song we could probably all use at this time in history. 🙂

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    1. Lori,
      Welcome first-time beach walker on my cybersands. Thank you for writing your post. After all, if you didn’t, I wouldn’t have found it! 😉 Deep is a quite deep in itself when we think about. Then again, follow Jeremiah’s lead and concentrate on bringing joy to the world. Thanks for joining us. Where in the world are you located?

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  6. Frank,
    I could watch clouds flow like a river for hours. Beautiful video.
    You’ve gone deep on many subject over the years 🙂
    I, too, like the deepness of the skies and the oceans – we will never reach the end of our knowledge.
    Happy Saturday!

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  7. A delightfully ‘deep’ article Frank … I often wonder about how deep is our knowledge, yet unseen … how deep is our ocean, yet unseen … how deep is our universe, yet unseen … and how deep is humanities love for one another, yet unseen …
    “I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.” … Walt Whitman

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  8. Deep – what a beautiful topic to walk pondering, especially at the beach.The ocean itself holds so much Deep and it feels instantly peaceful to contemplate it, inspite of its enormity. Our world itself is a place to explore its nature in various depths. Though deep bring s to mind Dark immediately, it is true the light changes at various level of depths before it disappears fully. I found this metaphoric too – how we feel as we explore through the depths of our heart and mind – leading us to a place of silence.

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    1. PD,
      Deep space and the sea are easy, but there is also microscopic depth. While there is so much depth around us, I appreciate how you link it to the depth within us – especially love and the human mind. Emotions are very much of that. ‘m happy to have you back because I appreciate your deep comments.

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  9. I can’t avoid commenting that this blog post was a true example of “deep thinking,” Frank. I agree with you that the images of deep space that we are privileged to witness give us a way to better understand the word “deep.” The vastness of space is “deep,” as well as as the emotional encounter and the thoughts and wonder that resonate and give us so much to consider. You’ve shared wonderful examples of a truly special word.

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    1. Debra,
      Although I read your comment days ago, I’m late responding. I’m humbled by your praise. Thank you. So much in life is deeper than we realize – therefore certainly not superficial. Unfortunately, many people choose to think at the superficial level. Cheers to your love for deep space! 🙂


  10. This is a good one, Frank. Walking on the beach is the perfect time to reflect deeply, wherever your thoughts need to go. And, at times, clear all thoughts completely. Maybe taking the time to completely clear all thoughts and refresh your mind, helps you go deep when the time is right 😊 Great post, Frank!

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    1. Lisa,
      Beach walking is a perfect time to clear your head and think deeply. Your comment took me back to my first time as a snowbird. I recall thinking a lot as I walked … and those turned into short essays … and then it went from there. And that was (I think) seven years ago. I guess the rest i history. 🙂 Thanks for walking along!

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  11. I find all of your posts quite deep Frank. They always make me go deep into my thoughts – memories and feelings and experiences. Your blogs are excellent “mind exercisers”. We need to dig deep once in a while – there are surprises waiting for us to re-discover and memories as well. It’s a challenge and I often stumble when trying to describe my thoughts after reading your words but I think that’s GOOD for me……….

    Hugs, Pam

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    1. Pam,
      Thank you for the kind praise about what I do here. Provoking thought is one of my aims. Interestingly, sometimes the essay comes in one walk … but not always … and some walks are not very productive. But in the end, it works. Of course, being a person who likes thinking helps. I must admit that I’m amazed what the brain can do when we let it.


  12. “Deep is the travel route to make meaningful connections.” And those connections can spark other deep conversations which indeed spark… The domino effect. Brilliant! Knowledge is not linear but is the beginning of a spider web of information. I like it.

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    1. Jennie,
      “Deep has many, many pathways” and linking that to choices to our choices. Brilliant. As long as we take a logical/nondeceptive road, the journey will probably be very fruitful. It seems more than ever, that too many people come to what they think is a reasonable conclusion that is actually quite incorrect. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      1. Thank you, Frank. You make a good point that when we take a road that’s logical or non-deceptive, it will most likely be fruitful. Yet, a reasonable conclusion is not always correct.

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  13. Deep subject today, Frank! And very well covered, too. Do you think there are times we eagerly enter into deep thoughts and other times when we are content to skim the surface? Wonder why that is….

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    1. Debbie,
      Now that’s a good question. Sometimes the skimmed information/answer is sufficient. For instance, it’s the tax time of the year. Sometimes we want to know where to record the information, but not the background and history of the why … therefore the skimmed answer is adequate. Then again, to understand depth, one must also have the base knowledge. I think about doctor appointments. Docs simplify their explanations so the patient can understand – but if the patient lacks basic understanding, they sit there saying “OK” while actually being clueless. Oh well, at least there’s something to mull over. 🙂


  14. Frank – enjoyed so much here and for some reason, I like to share with you one of my favorite quotes from the post – and for this post… here is my top takeaway
    “Deep can be a gorge, gash, cave, or something profound, mysterious, or obscure. While still waters run deep, beauty is shallow because it is only skin deep.”

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    1. Yvette,
      Thanks for sharing the thought that you enjoyed. I actually enjoy knowing that! As I re-read my words thinking, WOW, there’s a lot in there – but then I chuckled and smiled. That’s one of those times when I try to string various idioms together into something meaningful … and that one worked! 🙂 Thanks for helping me realize that.

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  15. Hi Frank, lots of deep thoughts about deep things but your comments about knowledge interest me the most. I am a life long learner and have found that the more I read up and learn about different things the better I remember and the quicker I learn. The brain is like a computer in that way.

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    1. Robbie,
      Thank you for the thoughtful comment. I’m happy that you enjoyed this walk and that you shared the part that caught your interest. The human brain is quite the structure as it is more important and more powerful than we realize. Humans are built for learning … .and interestingly … the best way to learn is different for everyone. One size definitely doesn’t fit all. But your comment also reminded me of three past beach walks that may relate to your thought … the links are below …. and “Knowlege” is a future essay. : Thanks for sharing and walking along.

      Brain – https://beachwalkreflections.wordpress.com/2021/05/25/79-brain/
      Information – https://beachwalkreflections.wordpress.com/2022/03/30/121-information/
      Learning – https://beachwalkreflections.wordpress.com/2022/06/04/136-learning/

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  16. Reblogged this on Graffiti Lux Art & More and commented:
    Frank’s always interesting thoughts while walking on the beach may be intriguing, educational, colourful, ponderous, rooted in science, inspired, inspiring and more.
    They are however, never shallow.
    Take a walk with Frank and discover, if you haven’t already!

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  17. A beautiful and thoughtful beach walk, Frank. I like the depth of reflection, going inside as well as into the dark unknown and endless distances that I’ll never comprehend. I was struck by your choice of the bright round sea creatures and the bright round galaxy. As above, below. As below, above. What a miraculous thing to be alive in this wondrous universe.

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    1. Diana,
      Thanks for the kind words. Pexels is a wonderful photo service, so I try to find the right pics for my thoughts. I can remember starting these thoughts with uncertainty – wondering if I could come up with enough – and that certainly wasn’t true. So many topics can be deep if we give our minds a chance.

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