I love to think about the ocean when I am feeling: happy, sad, introspective, stressed, or anything else. Be aware that I grew up in the midwest, nowhere near the ocean. I spent my summers at lakes and on the Mississippi. I almost literally swam before I walked. I loved swimming, walking by the shore, sitting on the sand and watching the boats…I just loved the water. If I was having a difficult time I would close my eyes and go to my happy place (which generally involved the Mississippi River and a sandbar. Sometimes it meant going to a lake and sitting on a dock for my happy place. All of these were wonderful memories and fabulous happy places for me.
But a number of years ago I lived in south Jersey as the natives call it. I got spoiled…very spoiled. If traffic was light I could go from my front door to the sand on LBI in an hour and 15 minutes…..that close to heaven on earth. The town I preferred was Ship Bottom most of the time. Simple, quiet, no boardwalk, no rides—few tourist shops, and at least 2 wonderful restaurants for scallops. There was an abundance of large shells scattered about. I loved standing by the seashore and skipping them like stones. Anyway—this is my number one place!
So when it comes to photography, I could take endless photos of the ocean and shore, lighthouses, people playing in the ocean, fishing, whatever….at various times of day….the seagulls, various beachy stuff scattered on the sand. I love how the light is at various times of day at the seashore. Sometimes it makes things seem surreal and sometimes it makes things seem so real. [play on words, get it? 😉 ]
I love photographing plants, flowers, dune grass, desert grass, dune fences, docks, boulders, seagulls, waves, sunsets, sunrises…..shrubberies, lighthouses, picnic baskets, life guard chairs, towels hanging over the balcony, etc.