Refreshing #photography

Living only a five-minute walk from the beach, you may be surprised to hear that water scares me. Despite all the lessons, I’ve never been able to swim. For some strange reason, I can not coordinate my arms and legs at the same time.

However, the beach has many other benefits for me; the main one being the refreshing sea breezes we get during long, hot, humid summer days. It may in the upper 90s and humid inland, but come down to the coast, and the temperature will be refreshing.

#photography #SundayStills #beach

The people in the above photo may be about to take a refreshing dip into the sea, but the refreshing sea breezes are what keep me going on long, hot, humid summer days and nights.

This is my entry for the brand new Sunday Stills Photography challenge, this week hosted by Terri at Second Wind Leisure Perspectives. Come and join in the fun. Click here for all the details.

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83 comments

  1. A picturesque still that is so action packed. I also feel the wind whipping my hair into a mass of twists. I taste the salt and feel it’s crystals on my lips. The cold damp sand pressing between my toes. I am certain to leave footprints embedded in my wake. Time stands still as I inhale the scent of the sea.
    Beautiful Hugh.

  2. Much like you I have a 5 minute walk to the beach and go there nearly every day but other than walking in the shallows I cannot remember the last time I actually went INTO the water! Gorgeous to look at and phootgraph but I’m with you Hugh, it’s all about the breezes!

  3. It is a lovely beach scene there. What lovely weather too. But like you, I am not a fan of swimming and actually can’t swim very well. I remember I was forced to take swimming lessons as a kid and even then wasn’t able to swim much better after the lessons finished. Maybe it’s a lack of coordination like you, or maybe my body wasn’t meant to be swimming.

    When I got to the beach, I don’t swim. Wading is as far as I will go. One time as a kid I tried to swim in the sea and ended up being taken out quite a distance from shore by a big wave. In general, I dislike the water, dislike getting wet apart from getting into the shower 🙂

    1. For me, it’s also all about the breathing, Mabel. I don’t know why, but I just seemed to hold my breath for as long as I could when I was learning to swim. It was the thought of all that sea water going into my mouth and up my nose that put me off going in the sea.

      That must have been a very scary experience when you were taken out to sea by the wave. The sea is so powerful. Even today, many people don’t take safety seriously when they go into the water. I’m with you, Mabel; the shower is as far as I will go when it comes to getting wet (unless I get stuck in the rain 🌧).

      1. Don’t forget about water going into your ears when you are swimming. So many times after my swimming lessons I’d come out of the pool with one ear blocked with water and it took forever for the water to drain.

        Not a fan of getting stuck in the rain myself. That rain can soak your clothes and wear you down 😀

  4. Hi, Hugh. Like you, I can’t swim but love the ocean. I have the same coordinatiion problem, in spite of swimming lessons when I was a kid. We spent fifteen years in south central FL–2 hours from either coast. The gulf starts to warm up in February and the coast there has those lovely turquoise waters that are clear for about 100 feet out. At that time the beaches aren’t crowded yet and the sand sculptors are starting their competitions. (Coaquina Beach) Thanks for sharing.

    1. You’re welcome and thank you for your comments. I’ve never been able to get the breathing technique right when trying to swim, either. I seem to just hold my breath for as long as I can. It’s probably the thought of all that salt water ending up in my mouth, up my nose and inside my ears. The waters off the Florida coast must look so refreshing on hot days. We get sand sculptors here, too, but nowhere near as many.

    1. lol, no, I was referring to cities like London and Birmingham where not only can it get very humid, but the mercury can sometimes hit 90, David. Living on the coast, we don’t tend to get the humidity or those high temperatures. The cool sea breezes help.
      Hugs to you.

  5. I love the ocean but don’t swim in the US. It’s always too cold! We go to Aruba each year and spend three weeks walking the beach, swimming and soaking up the sun. Water is warmer there.
    Beautiful, serene photo of the beach! Love it!

      1. I have in Florida. It’s warmer there. Have to watch out for alligators everywhere down there. I don’t particularly like Florida except to o to Disney World. Hugs x

  6. Lovely photo! I am not a strong swimmer and I have a major fear of water. Because of that I insisted that my kids had swim lessons and now my grandkids also. I would like to think that maybe if I was stronger in the water it wouldn’t scare me so much but the mere thought of my head under water freaks me out.

  7. Hi, Hugh – So glad to see you joining Terri in the Sunday Stills Photo Challenge. I love your photo choice and believe it fits the theme perfectly. Well done!

  8. I like that kind of refreshing! I don’t go in that water even though I can swim. Just listening to the waves and watching the swells, refresh my soul plenty. Great photos and I love that word. Think I’m going to have a refreshing nap now. 😉

  9. Swimming in that water would be very refreshing, but, I agree that the beautiful sea breeze would be refreshing enough. I’m not afraid of water, and know how to swim, but I prefer warm, tropical lagoons over the icy Atlantic! 🙂

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