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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Innocence



   I think I will end this series of beach photos and quotes with this photo as the sun slowly dips into the Pacific Ocean.  Sinbad and I had left the Redwoods and we drove our way out to the coast for the evening.  After dinner I decided to take a walk out onto broad flat Clam Beach and maybe catch a nice sunset photo.  It was a pleasant evening and I had the beach all to myself except for a young woman who was slightly crippled.  She was having a difficult time getting through the soft sand with her cane and eventually had to turn back far from the firmer sand of the ebb tide.  I felt bad for her and the thought entered my mind that if I wasn't such a wimpy guy I would have offered to carry her.  I wondered if she would have accepted.  I thought how fortunate I was to have my health and fitness - despite my inability to lift and carry a woman. 
   I noticed the shells, seaweed and other flotsam deposited by the tide and began to take photos with no great intent.  It wasn't till later that evening (or the next day) did I upload them and was greatly pleased as to how they came out.  The sunset photos were rubbish but I am keen on going out to the coast again and do more of what I've been showing off these last two weeks.  And I've got oodles of quotes yet to use too.
   As for this picture, a family strolled by just as I was about to head back to the Little House on the Highway and my little buddy Sinbad patiently waiting for my return.  I took this final picture of the little girl collecting shells.  As I walked back I thought as I always do when I see children,  I wonder what kind of world will they have to deal with as adults and cannot help but to feel bad for them just as I did for the young crippled woman struggling through the soft sand.
   I think too much.

16 comments:

  1. ...it's so good to have new drive and inspiration. You'll be looking forward to planning your next escapade John. You've offered some thought-provoking quotes and images.

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  2. Regardless of how much you think, I always enjoy reading your thoughts and seeing your photos. Thinking is something people should do much more of, I am thinking...this was a very nice photo - the human element really shows the size of the ocean and personalizes it. I like it!

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  3. You're not thinking too much unless you find you're still doing it at 3 o'clock in the morning when you should be asleep.

    Excellent thoughtful blog. Apart from the fact a little compassion is good in itself, how are we to expect it back when we need it ourselves otherwise, it makes you count your blessing.

    Good picture too.

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  4. This photo is much better than a real sunset. Together with your story it makes a complete picture. I think you never can think too much, maybe more people should do so. Have a nice weekend, Marianne.

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  5. I feel the same way you do when I look at my own two kids. Makes me sad.

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  6. At first I was a little surprised that you posted this photo, I don't see a lot of this sort of photos from you :-). Not that I don't like this, on the contrary, it's a beautiful photo, especially together with the story. Thanks for sharing John!

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  7. it's a beautiful photo. almost haunting feel to it - along with your soulful words, of course.

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  8. thats a top photo john. the world has gone crazy. They see someone taking a photo that is remotely pointed toward a child and anarchy ensues,
    I like to hear your thoughts too.
    Shaun
    July Giveaway @ ValleysShutterBug

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  9. The beach photo is nice. Even though the bird is dead, hopefully it did not suffer at the hands of some nut with zip ties.

    Peace :)

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  10. Nice post, John. Hard not to think too much these days.

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  11. You are a wonderful old softy John. Love the photo as well as your words.

    Felicia

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  12. Such a moving post, John. Glad you captured it and gave us all pause. Hope you and Sinbad have a great weekend.

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  13. The colors are outstanding.

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  14. I don't think you think too much, you're just a compassionate soul & that's good... you care!
    God bless you! =)

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  15. ps wonderful capture of the lil girl, too, btw! =)

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