It was not just another day at the beach. The water looked a little rough. But a few people were out battling the breakers. I stood in the surf, studying the wave patterns. I love swimming. When I was 18, I swam in March all the way out to the end of the pier. But this June evening 44 years later, I wasn’t sure I was up a challenge. Was I chicken? Or maybe I just didn’t feel like being tossed around and scraped on the sandy bottom. A person could break their neck.
Disappointed, I plodded back to the blanket while my sweetheart meditated with his feet planted firmly in the wet sand.
I didn’t have to prove anything to anybody, I told myself. If I didn’t feel like fighting the current, that was okay. I should trust my own judgment. David came to join me, being supportive, wanting me safe. We could see a rip current to the north. He’s a flyer, not a swimmer, though I have no doubt that if I was in trouble, he’d jump in and save me.
Ten minutes later, I looked at the ocean. People were swimming. Not many, but some. Yes, they were younger than me. But the ocean loves me. And I love the ocean. The water seemed a little calmer. I got up and walked a few yards south, then turned toward the waves. There was a break. I went for it. Got past the breakers and swam a few strokes. Maybe I wanted to prove something to myself.
The undertow pulled hard. Okay, that’s enough, said the ocean, or maybe it was my guardian angel. There was another break in the waves, and I scampered back up on the beach without getting knocked down. Feeling energized. Feeling strong. Not chicken.
Within minutes, the sky grew dark to the north. Was that lightening?
The storm reached out over the ocean…
…sending a cool blast of air charged with energy. Was it a warning? Or an enticement to stay and watch the show?
The storm crossed in front us traveling along the horizon
and chased the remaining swimmers ashore with her dragon head.
Then, the sun came came from behind
…and nudged her out to sea.
A warm breeze said the show was almost over,
So we headed home.
June 28, 2018 at 4:42 am
Great atmospheric shots well captioned. The dragon’s head was well seen. I’m pleased you got out of the water
June 28, 2018 at 9:10 am
Thank you, Derrick! I was excited about the dragon’s head and surprised there will still people in the water at that point!
June 28, 2018 at 4:58 am
I am also pleased you got out of the water. We carry on with choices sometimes, weighed down with ‘shoulds’ and it takes a loving energy and sense of your own peace to listen and follow what you hear. Lovely pictures, JoAnn. Hugs for you. Xx
June 28, 2018 at 9:13 am
Thank you, Jane. I know I need to think about that. I’m more cautious than I used to be, and got out well be fore the storm’s approach. Maybe one day, I’ll join a club with a pool. 🙂
June 28, 2018 at 9:52 am
I have joined the Aqua Zumba group down at our local pool. We’re having a heatwave here at the moment and the other ladies gracefully lowered themselves into the pool last night. A buddy and I looked at each other and then dive bombed into the deep end. Much laughter followed as we spluttered our way to the surface. Note to selves: it helps if we aren’t talking and our mouths are closed as go in. 😉
June 28, 2018 at 8:45 pm
That’s what you get for being spontaneous! 😉 A fun memory! 🙂
June 28, 2018 at 7:57 am
Great story and amazing pictures, JoAnna.
June 28, 2018 at 9:14 am
Thank you, Dan. It was pretty exciting! 🙂
June 28, 2018 at 9:17 am
I’ll bet – I don’t think I’d like feeling that undertow
June 28, 2018 at 8:42 pm
Yeah. That part is uncomfortable. I’m looking forward to swimming in calmer waters.
June 28, 2018 at 2:59 pm
Wonderful pictures JoAnna, each one with different mood. Thank you.
Along with the others I am glad you decided to get out when the undertow started to make
itself felt. Wind and waves are stronger than us.
June 28, 2018 at 10:26 pm
Yes, they are. I will remember to respect their strength. Thank you for this caring reminder.
June 29, 2018 at 12:43 am
Such Amazing pictures!
June 29, 2018 at 5:11 pm
June 29, 2018 at 6:03 pm
My pleasure 🙂
June 29, 2018 at 9:17 am
What an AMAZING series of pictures!!!!!
June 29, 2018 at 9:11 pm
Thank you! It was an amazing evening and I’m so thankful to have been there, especially after I thought it was going to be mediocre visit. 🙂
June 29, 2018 at 11:38 am
What an amazing experience. I have to admit, I’m relieved that you only brushed near the edge of this tremendously powerful current (electricity, water, immenseness of the ocean) and did not get swept up in it! Your photos are amazing – I can imagine that the storm came in so quickly, and went out similarly. How exhilarating! So much gratitude for your understanding of the respect for this awesomeness of nature… and I understand your desire to be close to it, in a safe way…. :)) I love that Dragon’s head… makes me think of the North Node of the Moon… Aloha, JoAnna!
June 29, 2018 at 9:32 pm
The experience made me feel very alive. We watched closely, and I trusted the combined experience of my husband and myself as to whether we should head for the car. We actually did start toward the car at one point, but then saw that the storm was passing in front of us and not coming in our direction.
June 30, 2018 at 9:13 am
OMG, you know I loved this post!! I absolutely liv watching the sky change along the coast. What a wondrous visual experience! Thank you so much!
June 30, 2018 at 10:47 am
You are welcome! We never know what spectacular sky show Mother Nature is going to come up with. 🙂 I love that you appreciate these, too!
June 30, 2018 at 7:46 pm
i’m amazed at your
command over nature 🙂
June 30, 2018 at 10:15 pm
Ha! I’m not sure I’d call it command. But I do have a thing for nature. 🙂 Thank you, David.
July 1, 2018 at 11:11 am
Wonderful! I feel like I was with you!
I do love a totally unpredictable, not-safe-at-all, storm at the beach. It’s mesmerizing and you captured it beautifully!
July 1, 2018 at 5:37 pm
Yay! I’m so glad you felt it! Mesmerizing is right. We didn’t want to leave, but were making our way very slowly in the direction of the car. Then we saw that the storm was not coming directly at us and stayed to watch.
July 3, 2018 at 11:19 am
This is so beautiful and impeccable! 😍
July 3, 2018 at 7:49 pm
Thank you, Jamila, for that lovely feedback!