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CMMC June Pick-a-Topic

Pacific Ocean along the Oregon Coast at the Mouth of the Columbia River. May 12, 2010.

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: June Pick a Topic from Photo sent me wandering down memory lane and through my digital files of photos. The challenge picture (see it here is of the Pacific Ocean, coastal rocks and two people. All of my picks for the challenge have water and rock; four of the five also have people.

Mouth of the Columbia River, Oregon. May 12, 2010.

The northwest Oregon Coast was my best beloved’s favorite place to vacation. Even on chilly, overcast days, we could spend hours watching the waves, noticing the water shift from blue to aqua to green, feeling the spray, and hearing birds call over the noise of the crashing water.

John Watching the Columbia River. May 12, 2010.

That’s my best beloved in the pictures just above and below. It still makes me smile to see him being the photographer when in Yellowstone National Park nearly three years ago.

John Photographing the Gibbon River, Yellowstone National Park. October 10, 2018.

Gibbon River (prior picture) creates picturesque water falls. The National Park Service has constructed an accessible walkway with plenty of places to pause and enjoy the view (next photo).

Overlook at Gibbon Falls, Yellowstone National Park. October 10, 2018.

A.A.Milne: The Island

Oregan Coast - 1

Cape Meares State Park, Oregon Coast. Photo: TLClark, October 2011.

“If I had a ship,” the poem “The Island” by A.A.Milne begins.  The first stanzas describe sailing the ship through the seas to a beach and leaving the ship to climb up the steep white sand to the trees.  It concludes:

And there would I rest, and lie,
My chin in my hands, and gaze
At the dazzle of sand below,
And the green waves curling slow,
And the grey-blue distant haze
Where the sea goes up to the sky . . . .

And I’d say to myself as I looked so lazily down at the sea;
“There’s nobody else in the world, and the world was made for me.”

A. A. Milne, “The Island,” in When We Were Very Young, Copyright, 1924, by E. P. Dutton, Copyright Renewal, 1952, by A. A. Milne.

On one hand, the last line seems selfishly self-centered.
On the other hand, it reminds me that we all do well to take time away in nature, to spend time alone, to rest, to gaze about, and to wonder.

Oregan Coast - green waves

Green waves, Pacific Ocean, Oregon Coast. Photo: TLClark, October 2011.

I didn’t (and don’t) have a ship, the pictures are not from or of an island, and the weather was too chilly to stay still long!  Nevertheless they are what I remembered when I read A. A. Milne’s poem.

Wherever you are and whatever the weather, may you take time to rest and to wonder!

Blessings,
Teressa

Astoria Bridge - later afternoon

Astoria Bridge over the Columbia River, Astoria, OR. Photo: TLCLark, May 2010.