What is it about the ocean that makes me long for her?
While i love a crowed room full of real people, conversations that delight the heart, the connection of a portrait bringing out the essence of you, that moment that takes place, where you become shape and light and your inner glow seems to float meeting me in the middle, that moment I feel, instinct, click that shutter, the image created, when trust begins and our souls meet.Or photographing a wedding, invited from a distance, and watch the dance of love, their non verbal communication that speaks volumes that only they truly understand, two bodies one heart.
I also love being far and away, my perfect balance.
I crave her certainty knowing that each wave will come in and out in her own rhythm, the sounds, the build up as she swells up in the distance ready to make her spectacular appearance closer to where I stand, her wild and then gentle waves cascading on the solid rocks and platforms, that will not be moved. Her uncertainty, her surprises she brings, occasionally that splash, almost asking are you ready? ready or not, here I come. Her confidence in all her glory.
Sometimes I tell her my secrets, my hopes and dreams and in the process I let go and just be, not a care in the world, after all I do believe it all works out in the end as it should. She whispers, “go with the flow”. She knows, no questions asked.
Yesterday I just sang to her, fun pop songs that make me happy, loud enough for her to hear, Occasionally a few surfers too. the sound of her waves backing up my vocals.
She gives permission to be free and light, allows me to capture her, freeze her in time, slow her down and take with me moments of awe and peace as she carries on freely, her hypnotic ways….
“A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets. But now you all know there was a man named Jack Dawson, and that he saved me, in every way that a person can be saved. Titanic
No Jack required 😉
A great couple of days away, off to Warrnambool with my daughter for her gymnastic competition, so we thought we would leave a day earlier and have a little adventure. So windy, a lot of rain and bloody cold, even with 5 layers on, I can’t find one of my jackets!! She even gave me a hall pass to go shoot while she competed, pass on the hall pass, Love equals compromise and that we did……
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”
― Wayne W. Dyer
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Reddell Beach was on my list, although i was quickly told i needed a 4 wheel drive to get there, another sigh…Chatting to a local in the morning still desperately trying to find a battery charger, another offer to borrow a camera, so I decided to invite her along for a drive, I told her I really wanted to go there, she’s like it’s fine, we’ll go, nervous as anything and after much debate I thought yeah lets to it, thankfully it was only 3 to 400 hundred metres of unsealed road, phone footage is hilarious, just go around the water, up the side! wtf! well to my delight we were there in no time, finally clouds, a slither of battery left, no live view for Big Nik, off i went, completely lost in the ocean, I heard her say, time for food, you see why I like to go alone right? I went down the next day missing the turn but was on the other side of the rocks i was yet to explore, the beach to myself only a few people, a little wave at each other and back to our own thoughts, I was thanking God that my battery was still going, and then the last shot came and went and the battery flashed, i was so grateful to get anything at all, images are photographed with My Nikon and a borrowed Olympus, actually nice working with two cameras, one for long exposure and one for happy snaps. I packed up my gear and found a rock pool and just sat in there for ages, closed my eyes and felt the warm waves rush over my body, just heaven….One of the things I loved about Broome is it only 10 to 15 minutes to any of the beaches/town from Cable Beach.
After a 2 hour scenic flight we finally arrived at Cape Leveque, with little time, a 10 minute walk through hot red sand down to the beach, I didn’t quite make it to the little island, one can only run so far with gear, I didn’t get time for a swim although I did feel that warm water rush over half my body, It was just beautiful.
My original plan was to either drive up myself, mmmmm “not without a four wheel drive “they said!! I looked into a tour but that particular one was not running, A flight up and back, although turned out to be the perfect option…
Filled with excitement waiting for the sun to come up on a great day that followed.
Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road, Just too many beautiful places, crossing them off my list one at a time, it’s so very peaceful, sit and watch and take it all into my soul. Another serendipity, this is a definite go back to place, I didn’t know where to go first, arrived with a couple of peeps, up and over a sand dune and I was just in awe!!
Oh this place was just magical!!! Nothing but the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks, it has it’s own heart beat that makes my heart beat faster, Just spectacular, I sat here for ages. I couldn’t help but walk up and touch the rocks, then did a runner and played with the waves, once you feel the water it’s hard to turn away from what refreshes your soul.
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. Deepak Chopra