Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

This week’s challenge is Sea.

I am a sea lover.

The sea means many things to me.  Like my mood, sometimes, it is serene and peaceful; sometimes it is wild and free.

I have seen seas crashing in, eroding islands and breakwaters; luckily, I have never seen a tsunami and never want to see one.

My photos below are more about the calm side of the seas.

I particularly like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem about the sea:

My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.”

When I am anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea.

The soft murmuring sound of the waves gently lapping on the beach gives me a calming effect which is unlike any other thing in the world.

There are images I particularly like. The beach at Brighton, UK is an image I’ll never forget. The picture was taken in 1985 and converted to digital.ML3

The Adriatic sea is the bluest sea I have ever seen.

I like the view of the Dubrovnik walls / fortresses and the nearby beach – picturesque?.DSCF0805

In Hvar,Croatia, climbing up to the top of Spanish Castle and gazing out to the sea and islands was just breathtaking.DSCF0562

Here is a view of the Baltic sea. Taken on a day when the wind was blowing, the beach was almost deserted, apart from a man flying his red kite.DSC_0131

Istanbul, which sits at the cross road of the East and West, is just exotic. I was fascinated by the pink sunset on the Bosporus strait (sea) which separates Europe from Asia.CIMG0567

Back in the Asia, the waves crashing in at a cliff in Okinawa was just another memorable sight.DSC_0267

Walking out on the sand bar, towards some islands, in Langkawi, Thailand, is a picture which I will always remember.DSC_0346

Islands standing out of the blue waters is just a familiar sight in Koh Samui, Thailand.DSC_0664

Taking a  speed boat out to the nearby islands was just surreal.DSC_0663

Back home, have never imagined that the Sai Kung sea in Hong Kong can look so beautiful, in the golden hour.CIMG2975B

When the sun has set and we were still finding our way towards our destination during a hike, the sky and the sea just merged into one.CIMG0453

To me, they are like poems of the sea.

There are also some songs / music  about the sea which I like. One of these is Ebb Tide:


115 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

  1. The sea is so many things. We only see the top of it, what lies within and below is so mysterious and amazing. I have an ocean view where I live and each day I can see something different. Always, it draws me to it. I never tire of looking at it. I too love the ocean and never tire of looking at it whether it be calm, agitated, sparkling, furious and white capped. Beautiful pictures – all of them.

    • Hi, as somebody who doesn’t know diving, my images are all taken from land. Anyway, I also like taking pictures at aquariums which allow me some insight into the under water world! Thank you 🙂

  2. Like you, I love the sea. You have done an excellent job in catching the ever-changing face of the ocean. Some of my favourite seascapes include the wild west coast of Southern Africa, the west coast along the south island of New Zealand and Halong Bay in Vietnam.

  3. Some very striking images there. Probably the most was the cliff face with holes showing the awesome power of the sea. I also loved the Baltic Sea picture showing the islands and the neat rows of little boats in the harbour and the tiny people on the quay side surrounded by the little houses with the red roofs.

  4. Estoy dando vueltas y vueltas en el mundo detrás de ti, y tras esos viajes tengo un reguero de palabras que guardo en el tesoro de lenguajes que nos unen a la vida planetaria.

    • Apologize that my Spanish is still too elementary to allow me to respond to you in that language. we are world citizens, the difference in languages does not prevent us from communicating and my/your photos can say a thousand words without actually saying it. Thank you, my friend 🙂

  5. Loved your photo collection here, Michael, and the way you brought it to a quiet, contemplative close.

    My best sea memory is a clear day after a storm, with the surf was still up at a particular little overlook along the ocean drive just outside Carmel, CA. I had no camera, but won’t ever forget sitting and watching the waves crash into the rocky coast.

    Thanks for the reminder!

    • Hi del, sometimes images would stay in our mind- forever! I have lost almost all of my non-digital photos, but many of the images in there will forever stay in my brain. Regards, Michael

  6. I grew up very near Lake Michigan and spent summers on the Lake as a child. I, too, always go to water for serenity. When I moved away from the lake for 35 years, the yearning for the sound of the waves was indescribable. When I moved back about 10 years ago, the same spot I cherished as anxious, frightened child was where God reassured me at the age of 65 that I was his child and that he would always take care of me. That was even more indescribable.

    • I envy you that you are able to live / stay in places for a long time. For many of these places, my perspective was only a travelers. I missed many of the really local / cultural stuff. Regards,Michael

  7. Thank you for stopping by my blog! I feel the same way about the sea. Having spent 5 years by the sea i now find myself in landlocked Bolivia and am so looking forward to the next time I get to stand by the water. Great photos and poem 🙂

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