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Sea of My Inspiration

Updated on April 14, 2012
Waimanalo Beach, Hawaii
Waimanalo Beach, Hawaii
Kailua Hawaii
Kailua Hawaii
Northshore Hawaii
Northshore Hawaii
Sunset Beach, Hawaii
Sunset Beach, Hawaii

What About the Sea?

"A person should go out on the water on a fine day to a small distance from a beautiful coast, if he would see Nature really smile.- Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

There is something about capturing the sea. I love being near the ocean, and to be surrounded by it, is sheer joy. As a young career woman, i remember getting very antsy after a full weeks work. I couldn't wait for the weekend, and off to the nearest beach we went, thrilled to take the 2 hour drive, and be greeted by the magnificence of the blue. It didn't matter if she were calm, or wildly tossing. We were friends, and intimate, i felt. I survived many of my struggles with what seemed more like a religious pilgrim, where i could be 'alone' with her, despite company. For they were times of retreating from the craziness of life, to bare my soul before God, at natures altar, of sand, sea and sky.

Excerpt from: "Who Hath Desired the Sea" by Rudyard Kipling...

Who hath desired the Sea? -- the sight of salt water unbounded --
The heave and the halt and the hurl and the crash of the comber wind-hounded?
The sleek-barrelled swell before storm, grey, foamless, enormous, and growing --
Stark calm on the lap of the Line or the crazy-eyed hurricane blowing --
His Sea in no showing the same his Sea and the same 'neath each showing:
His Sea as she slackens or thrills?
So and no otherwise -- so and no otherwise -- hillmen desire their Hills!

Who hath desired the Sea? -- the immense and contemptuous surges?
The shudder, the stumble, the swerve, as the star-stabbing bow-sprit emerges?
The orderly clouds of the Trades, the ridged, roaring sapphire thereunder --
Unheralded cliff-haunting flaws and the headsail's low-volleying thunder --
His Sea in no wonder the same his Sea and the same through each wonder:
His Sea as she rages or stills?
So and no otherwise -- so and no otherwise -- hillmen desire their Hills.

Big Island, Hawaii
Big Island, Hawaii
Northshore
Northshore

It was said by one Loren Eiseley, "Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war."

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks myownworld! Surely nature does not fail to give us pleasure.

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      myownworld 8 years ago from uk

      myself a lover of the ocean, this was pure visual delight! loved the quotes you put along...wonderful hub!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you Meteoboy. Let me know when you plan to come to Hawaii.

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      meteoboy 8 years ago from GREECE

      I like to see documentaries from Hawaii. I love the big waves , sailing and surfing. One of my dreams is to visit one day Hawaii.Thank you for sharing . Really great job.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you Andromida! Yes, your are so right about the similarities of life with the sea. You must come and visit. Let me know.

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      syras mamun 8 years ago

      I think sea has lots of similarities with human life,both can be threatening and unpredictable at times.Thanks for putting all the fabulous pictures in this hub and hope to visit your place soon.:)

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      You're a sweetheart Helen! I think we will make good 'gurlfriends'! Come and i promise you will not leave!

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      Helen Cater 8 years ago from UK

      Wow I am visiting next year the pictures look wonderful. Must be a tough life lol

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      It's pretty rough out there. :)

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Anytime James! Drop by anytime if you need to chill a bit from life's angst.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      All of these photographs are wonderfully shot. I loved viewing them. Thank you for making them available.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Paint and show jiberish! Better yet, go and meet the sea! Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      jiberish 8 years ago from florida

      Island, beautiful pictures. Would love to paint one of them. Nice Hub.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Shalini for the compliment. That's the very idea i want to present in our busy stress filled existence. Go! Get out of the routine. The sea awaits to delight and refresh you!

      To Dynamics: I dream of a trip to the Caribbean, precisely because of it's beautiful seascapes. Go back to the sea and be 'young' again. Thanks for your visit.

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      Dynamics 8 years ago

      IslandVoice, thanks for sharing. I agree, the sea does have the effect of tranquility and stirring up feelings of wonderment and awe. I grew up in the Caribbean, therefore had some fantastic memories of sitting on the beach and just being one with nature. I often crave that feeling again.

      Thanks for reminding me of the power of the sea...

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      Dynamics 8 years ago

      IslandVoice, thanks for sharing. I agree, the sea does have the effect of tranquility and stirring up feelings of wonderment and awe. I grew up in the Caribbean, therefore had some fantastic memories of sitting on the beach and just being one with nature. I often crave that feeling again.

      Thanks for reminding me of the power of the sea...

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Fabulous pictures! Makes one want to drop everything and go off to the beach!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      You're welcome prasetio! The sea can be calming, mysterious, and treacherous. These may be some of the reasons it never fails to inspire. It is alive, and speaks many things, if we just stop, watch and listen.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I know that many painter get inspiration from the beach. When we go to the beach , saw the beautiful waves. it can be make our inspiration for life, working and many more. thanks for choosing this topic.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Bk! It is such a pleasure indeed to capture natures gift of beauty. It really makes us feel good. Thanks for your visit.

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      How beautiful! - and how necessary it is to see beauty - even in a photo. It makes me feel so good.

      Thanks for the many pictures!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Feline! I enjoy photography very much.

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      Your pictorial hubs are a treat, IslandVoice! :)

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you G-Ma! So are you, ever so sweet and beautiful.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Beautiful....:O) Hugs

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