Yellow underside of a starfish. It really makes me wonder why sea creatures are so colorful despite the fact that they are mostly underwater. It turns out, according to an article that I read, that communication signals, mating, camouflage, territory and other factors are used for color information and fine spatial information to encode species identity.
And at the rate the ocean degradation is happening, these shallow water colorful sea creatures won’t have much protection from mostly humans who them more harm and damage. So please, put back these starfish and other sea creatures in the water if you are done taking their photos. As much as possible, leave them where they belong: to the sea.
It seems that there is that connection between the sea and I. It doesn’t matter that I haven’t mastered the water and can not swim in it no matter how calm.
I feel free and feel so much joy it seems to bubble out from the bottom of my heart and seep through the deepest, darkest thoughts in my mind whenever I watch the waves and feel the ocean breeze caress my skin.
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more. ~Lord Byron
When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing – just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park? ~Ralph Marston
Driveby photo of Laguna de Bay on the way to this country house for a day (an afternoon for me, my husband and son) of swimming and bonding with family (the girls went ahead of us):
I think we were in Jala-jala or Pililia when I took this photo.
This would be a nice setting for a few days of quiet and rest after this school year is over. I’m thinking of lying down on a hammock under coconut trees (with the coconuts picked of course!) while listening to my daughter play her affordable acoustic bass guitar to the beat of soft music which will lull me to sleep.
One other thing: I hope this place doesn’t have a particular smell.