6.20.2013

the real jersey shore

As we found it one chilly June morning at 9:00...

jersey shore

jersey shore

jersey shore

jersey shore

jersey shore

jersey shore

This is where we come to breathe in moist air, laced with salt. We listen to the squaks and twitters of shore birds, big and small. We marvel at the power of those mid-Atlantic waves, and the way they inspire playfulness when they chase after your heels, but adrenaline as they crash onto the rocks.

Dad collects the roundest stones he can find for his rock wall, worn smooth by years in the surf. Mom collects photos of us all with mussy hair. T collects sea glass, and C collects flat rounds of quartz, for stacking.

I count discarded tampon applicators...I don't want to know why there are so many.

Salt water is healing. But so is the company you share it with, and the years and years of memories captured in sea foam, rolling out into the ocean and returning when the time is right.

10 comments:

  1. I think I like this a lot more than the Snooki version :) Beautiful photos, Clair. Glad you had such a peaceful, fun time with your family.

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  2. I love how each family member has their own collection...though I'm sorry that yours is visions of discarded tampon applicators; yikes! Looks like a beautiful vacation and tradition. I especially like the second to last picture- it looks like the water is pulling away from the shore, dragging the sand down with it, all headed towards the horizon.

    Alicia

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    1. Thanks! I love that one too...reminds me how it feels when you've got your feet in it.

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  3. Definitely a new view of Jersey. I love being at the beach when no one else is there. So peaceful and lovely!

    Hannah
    www.somebeautifulthingsblog.blogspot.com

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  4. Minus all the surplus lady product applicators, sounds like an ideal outing, haha. I hate when something like that disturbs your 'zen' moment of reflection- just so rude. I would often had similar moments trying to lounge in the park at Harvard Common- only to find a stray syringe and need to pack up ship. C'est la vie.

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  5. great inbound/outbound ocean shots!

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  6. These photos are gorgeous, Clair. Isn't it amazing how calming a trip to the ocean can be? Particularly with one's family.

    p.s. I always notice all the discarded tampon applicators, too. WHY ARE THEY ALL THERE?

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    1. Seriously! I started to come up with hypotheses, but decided not to pursue it too far...

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Thanks for making me smile. =)