Ocean and light
Wave front interface
An ocean sunset north of Corolla, traveling where the road ends and driving on the beach begins. The population of four wheel drive and all-terrain vehicles are converting a limited access natural environment into a polluted mess. Tranquil visual beauty still manifests where water waves interact with electromagnetic waves at the boundary edge.
“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.” – Henry David Thoreau
Temporary objectification embedded in the sand. A dead Seagull on the beach speaks to the cycle of life and the materiality of existence. The ocean tide remains to ebb and flow, rearranging the specific continuity composition.
“The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Located in the northeastern part of North Carolina, Currituck Sound is a shallow protected inlet separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the narrow Outer Banks. Being on the western side of the island/peninsula, it makes for an excellent sunset venue. With water surrounds, this place is very peaceful and relaxing, until a major storm blows in. Under such potential transitional conditions, delicate beautiful can quickly convert into the sublime.
“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.” – Immanuel Kant
On the path
To the beach
Growing on a thin sliver of sand between the ocean and the sound is a difficult task. One tree seems to be well adapted to the harsh climate, the Live Oak. Although it is considered to be an evergreen, it actually will drop its old leaves as new leaves emerge in the spring. In some places the ground is covered with them, forming patterns of rich color and shapes.
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost
Fortunately there are a few sections of the Outer Banks that are protected from development. These enclaves provide a sense of how the region looked before being overrun by hordes of people, houses, gas stations, and stores.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein
US Coast Guard
Currituck’s northern beaches have no paved roads, but are open to four wheel drive vehicles and housing developers. Left over as a remnant of the past is this Coast Guard Station dating from 1917. During World War II, with German U-boats patrolling off the coast, Wash Woods was home to about 30 guardsmen. Now, the old station serves as a Twiddy & Company real estate office, contributing to the constant beach exploitation.
“They say I’m old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!” – Dr. Seuss
An early morning fast-walk to the beach is well rewarded with wind, surf, and color. The positive visual aesthetic sunrise and sunset experience seems to be an example of a universal human taste judgment. If a case can be made that beauty resides in an external condition, this would be it.
“We have differences but we’re not made different. If you don’t agree with me, you’re wrong.” – Clement Greenberg
A nice aspect of being in a new place is locally occurring events are fresh. This is the second batch of Pelicans I witnessed flying in formation over the first line of inland ocean dunes. After being here a few days, I now realize this avian behavior is a very common occurrence. My understanding of each such event is changing due to repetition, but at this juncture the spectacle remains interesting.
“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracy
Touch of closure
Out of reach
On the beach
The Atlantic Ocean looks good from the Outer Banks, even on a nondescript day. The sights and sounds of the beach are very relaxing, a welcome respite from the pressures of social responsibility. Tune in and drop out.
“If isolation tempers the strong, it is the stumbling-block of the uncertain.” – Paul Cezanne
Digging through the archive always unearths worthy unrealized images. Interestingly, processing them a year after their capture produces results that would not have materialized if they were addressed contemporaneously. This is due to advancing software capabilities, but also more importantly due to changes in the artist. Constantly evolving from a position of deeper experience, this process of working on old images is like collaborating with an earlier version of myself.
“Always in motion the future is.” – Yoda