Photo Essay

To the Beach

Beach #7

My usual route to the beach is barricaded this morning. I turn in the opposite direction and pull into the Headlands parking lot across from the only car in the lot. A man sits alone, listening to a book-on-tape. I keep walking. First, down the asphalt path that lines the windbreaker until I see an opening to the beach. It's still early—just after 8 a.m. The sun is above the horizon and lights the beach. This morning it is cold. My fingers are already numb. Frost covers everything. The sand. The dune grasses and milkweed pods. Even the picnic tables propped against a tree on the beach. The browns and rusts are tinged white as though a light snow came in the night. Before me, Lake Erie is faintly distinguishable from the horizon. Endless blues. Everything is silent. No wind. No people. Even the birds are still at this hour. I've anticipated this moment all week to claim this time alone.

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17 responses

  • Yaz Hawkins

    Yaz Hawkins gave props (5 Feb 2012):

    Love this pics Susan! Love the feeling of solitude they transmit! Very descriptive, you really takes us with you in your beach expedition! Well done!

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  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (5 Feb 2012):

    This works so well as a photo essay Susan. The words and pictures come together perfectly to create an extraordinary mood! V

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (5 Feb 2012):

    These icy blue, pale tans, and frosty whites bring these altogether...beautifully created! *V*

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (5 Feb 2012):

    fantastic photo essay! voted

  • Claire Crocker

    Claire Crocker gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    Superb photos! Nice variety, each using light optimally!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (11 Feb 2012):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • dL

    dL (Deleted) gave props (11 Feb 2012):

    Love your images and narrative...nice traveling with your words...quiet and peaceful

  • David Jeffries

    David Jeffries gave props (18 Feb 2012):

    great story on an early morning adventure. I could connect with your feelings.

  • Roberto Ambrosini

    Roberto Ambrosini gave props (25 Feb 2012):

    voted!!great story!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (10 Mar 2012):

    Wonderful, voted

  • Roy M. Gunnels

    Roy M. Gunnels gave props (4 Apr 2012):

    A beautiful world unto itelf...voted!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) said (19 Apr 2012):

    Great work, Susan and this works so well as a photo essay .

  • Brendan Kelly

    Brendan Kelly (Deleted) gave props (23 Apr 2012):

    Well done!!! I can appreciate such a moment. Great shots to go with. Thank you!!

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper gave props (17 Jun 2012):

    Our lives are so full that these moments are not just pleasant, they are needed.. particularly for the artistic mind. Well written. Beautifully photographed. Extraordinary package.

  • Peter Tompkins

    Peter Tompkins said (23 Jun 2012):

    I use to live in Chardon and I would drive to Headlands to be alone.
    The day before I left Ohio for Arizona I went to Headlands to think about my time in Ohio. When I got to the lake it was surprisingly still. I stood on the shore skipping rocks across of the surface of the lake wondering if I would miss Ohio and lake Erie.

    I have been living in the desert for 10 years my answer is yes. GOD how I miss rain, trees, snow, clouds and ANTHING that is green. I miss Ohio and hope she will take me back. lol

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (5 Nov 2015):

    lovely narration and photo Susan... My vote

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