Between the dunes. There’s just the sea breeze and me.
I’m looking out across the ocean. Walking down through the coarse grasses, feeling their roughness with my fingertips. As people must have done for as long as people have existed.
When the Romans were here.
Then there’s listening. The incoming tide, the waves pulling back from the beach. It feels like a healing sound. I wish it could be prescribed to everyone as needed.
The light is silvery over the dunes now.
No health concerns. No book stuff.
Just me. And the sea.
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Beach featured: Fraserburgh.
76 Replies to “The Space Between Dunes”
A wonderful article … to see the places where history went, to know that you were there and wrote about it … it’s twice as good … very good! We can’t travel here in the Czech Republic due to the virus … I just made an unexpected trip, thank you! 🙂
We can’t travel far either. I’m lucky to live so close to this beach, and I’m glad I took you along with me!
Lovely post (especially seductive for someone living in the middle of a city!)
Glad you like 🙂
Glad the health problems have gone and that you’re feeling better. May the creative juices now flow and the next book be well on its way to publication!
Thank you. The health problems just weren’t in my mind at the beach… but nothing stops the creative juices 🙂
That is really great!
Lovely…just lovely writing.
Thank you 🙂
I think this was a very sensible post! The ocean is a balm to the soul. I live very far from the ocean, but very near to one of the Great Lakes and it is very soothing to walk along Lake Michigan beaches and watch the water and listen to the waves.
That does sound wonderful!
A lucky lass… indeed to be close to the glories of nature.
I am 🙂
Beautiful capture. Very amazing one!
Glad you like 🙂
Lovely post and you have captured that sense of timelessness by the sea very nicely.
“Just me. And the sea.”
Oh this was such an inviting and calming read; it was as if I was right there in the moment
My wife bought me Mermaid and the Bear for my birthday this week. I’m looking forward to reading it.
I hope you enjoy it!
I so miss the beach. Especially loved the first photo, I’d love to be walking there.
It is a great place to walk.
The ocean is eternal and I can’t wait to get back to it. Your book is on pre-order!
I hope you get back there soon Noelle (and enjoy the book!) 🙂
It really looks a lot like here at our place, does it not? Scotland just has the advantage also to have mountains at its disposal 🙂 . Our highest mountain is 174 metres or so … haha. And we call it mountain, while in Scotland you call these impressive rocks “hills”.
No mountains near me, but yes, we do have rules about what height constitutes a mountain.
How would our highest mountain range in Scotland, as “bump”? 😉 😀 😀
That reminds me of that movie about a man who went up a hill and came down a mountain … 😉
Being a natural redhead, and so, easily sunburned you’d think I’d hide from the sun and the beach. But there is something magical about the beach and the ocean. The smells and the textures and the sounds are enchanting..Thanks for the photos.
The beach is such a special place.
So nice to see your photos. I think the sea can be whatever we need it to be on a walk.
That’s a nice idea.
I loved this article. It Is full of sensitivity.
I’m glad you liked it 🙂
:D. For myself? I find ‘this post’ infinitely sensible! :D. but then, I find beauty and awe in the drought ridden plains or quiet pastures full of soapweed, native grasses, cactus, etc. some plants of which, are considered a ‘concern’ for ecosystem health, as they thrive when the drought years come – and grass doesn’t grow as tall or green – 😀
You paint a wonderful image there!
The years conservationists bemoaned the spread of yucca and mullein is logged in my brain, just as surely as is the information of “cattle will eat/survive off yucca blossoms in dry/hard years” and mullein is a powerful herb for aiding in respiratory health and grows in poor, dry soil/disturbed/depleted areas where soil rebuilding is needed.” – I cannot, for myself, get either side to understand fully, the other side of the argument, but I’m GLAD you saw beauty in the words I shared – that gives me ‘hope’ for future conversations! 😀
Plants are amazing things, growing as they are needed.
Yup – and forced into a certain space, for certain needs and engineered past their natural life, for human needs – – which is my personal issue over rampant, vegans who get mad at me for eating meat – sigh – – I’ve been told often, over the past few years, if I wanted to eat worms, no one would care – SERIOUSLY? DO THEY NOT KNOW WORMS help plants/the soil?!?! LOL – – So much of modern, online, belief systems continues to confuse me mightily an I’m certain “I’m missing something’ along the way on points made, but often? I just cannot find out what I’m missing, from those I trust are not missing things, either – – LOL
That was a perfectly sensible piece to me. 🙂
Glad you like 🙂
Lovely photographs. Congratulations on the release of your book!
Thank you 🙂
Wow, this sounds peaceful!
That’s very evocative. Reminds me of the beach in my own hometown of Formby. 🙂
Lovely beaches everywhere 🙂
Beautiful! I am so pleased you find peace by the seashore. I hope you are continuing to heal.
I am, thank you Clare.
So lovely. I am also enjoying that your dunes — so far away — look so much like the Great Lakes dunes at the bottom of Lake Michigan much closer to home.
That is amazing!
Lovely! I’ve always loved the ocean! Congratulations on your book! 🙂
It’s amazing how oceans and beaches are ever-changing, yet they also have a sense of being constant witnesses to history.
That is so true.
Just you and the sea⚗️
Judging from your photos, I would say it’s quite chilling on the water’s edge. It must be glorious during the warmer months though.
It can be extremely cold!
Beautiful views. And great post!
Thank you 🙂
These pictures and the captions are soothing … makes me miss the sensory experience of being at a beach ✨
I hope you get to visit one soon.
amidst world fiascos , these pictures radiate peace ♥
I’m glad 🙂