Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Beach Photos


They aren't great, but I had fun taking them. We were at Orange Beach, AL for a few days. No jellyfish, no seaweed, no algae. Just about right for playing in the water. I found it difficult to make good beach photos with the digital camera. The intense light made it hard to see what was in the viewing screen. The old SLR's have me spoiled. I should have taken my old Canon, but there are certainly advantages to the digital cameras. Click on the photos for larger views.

I kept trying to get photos of the gulls and terns diving for fish. This is about the best one. You can see a couple of them if you click to enlarge it.

Tide coming in

Some things that washed up in the tide

Some of the colorful umbrellas on the beach

and some of the folks enjoying the surf

Dunes near the condo

Area across the highway


  1. Lovely photos Melissa. Makes me want to go and wander on a beautiful beach and pick up shells and investigate all the other bits of flotsam and jetsom to be found. The sea is endlessly fascinating and just a bit scary. I live in the middle of the countryside and rarely get to the coast but it would be lovely to live within reach of the ocean. Hope you are feeling better now.

  2. The pictures are beautiful. I've been wanting to go to the beach for weeks now!

  3. Through some glitch, I have not been able to post response comments for a few days now. Cathy, the beach is about a six-hour drive from where I live. I wish it was closer. I love to just sit and watch the surf and the sea life, especially the birds and dolphins. And you are right, it can be a bit scary. You really realize the power of nature when you are out about neck deep and the waves just keep coming at you. Jo, I really like the triangular shawl pictures you posted. Sorry you had to frog the hoodie. I hope you and Cathy both get to the beach.

  4. Your beach pictures are beautiful. They're so serene.

  5. It's been almost 30 years since I've visited a beach. But your pictures remind me of the sights, smells, sounds and feel and the wonder of it all :)

  6. Hi Melissa,
    Those are lovely beach photos. Makes me want to go to the beach.
    Hope all is well with you.