Tuesday, December 02, 2008

A Foggy Day On The Beach

Benjy and I went for a walk on a cold foggy beach a couple of days ago. It was a bit eerie, yet beautiful. Especially striking in the haze was an old pagoda-style house perched on the escarpment. And surfers of course were on the waves and on the sand, spider-like in their wetsuits.
The colors of the 2 top pictures weren't photoshoped at all; the fog really made the beach appear straight out of a black and white film. As for the last one, I slightly enhanced the pink hue, but as the surfers were heading West at sunset, that's pretty much the color reality was when I snapped the photograph. Beautiful, eerie California.

Can you spot teeny Benjy, here pictured with colleagues he met on the beach?

28 comments:

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Benjy is a bit hard to spot.....how does he like the beach?

mansuetude said...

benji i see you, how is the future?

love the surfers, will you try it?

Benjy said...

D. MOLL - I have become a beach fanatic. The smells of the sea, seashells and algae just intoxicate me, and I'm always thrilled to make pals.

MANSETUDE - the future is The Sea, and The West, for West of California is The East... The future is Christmas presents and the return of spring.
I'm not sure about surfing. Unlike my friends the labradors, I don't like getting my little paws wet. But I love surfing as a metaphor - you know, being poised between the elements of water and air, letting oneself be carried yet using th energy of nature to power oneself and raise above the elements...
Anyhow, go Lakers!

Jennifer Elaine said...

Beautiful pictures!

Benjy you are soooo deep in that meditation of the elements to mansetude!

A World in a PAN said...

Oh, Benjy, I am SO scared when I see you with your new big tall friends ... you seem happy in your new home.

Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

Magical photos - j'adore..!
Benjy certainly looks to have settled in nicely..:)

MISS GLITZY said...

Eerie for sure and beautiful shots. Benjy seems to like its new life, isn't it?

Francesca Righi said...

I've been reading some of your posts.. I really like your photography (the flower close-ups, the panoramas)and I found out that we have something in common: we've both lived abroad for many years. I read you lived in Iran, China, Africa.. ; I lived abroad too for 12 years (in America and in England) but my whole family is Italian and after living here 12years now I can finally say I feel more Italian than English because for a while there I was more a person living in between realities than actually feeling like I belonged to either. Maybe you know what I mean. Anyhow being bilingual is great and I'm really thankful for the experience I had.
:)
Thank you so much for visiting!
à bientot

karina Manghi said...

The smell of the sea, a foggy day, it sounds nostalgic,romantic,fantastic.

Miss Urbanita said...

Amazing pics!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Foggy or not life is a real BEACH!
Glad to see that you've settled into your new home dear...

gracia said...

Such foggy days often steal my romantic heart.

Kwana said...

These pics are wonderful. And check out Benjy making friends!

Fifi Flowers said...

How wonderful... Benjy has beach friends!
GREAT photos!
ENJOY!
Fifi

Elizabeth said...

I love the effect of fog in pictures. These are lovely!

Anonymous said...

something about fog that is kinda grey....wht can you "see" etc...what is revealed later....nature can be quite poetic. and i loooooooove surfer guys...
nancy

bFlat said...

Gorgeous pictures!

chocandcinnamon said...

I love going to the beach, even when it is cold, love the sea :D

Laura said...

My favorite pic is the off centered black and white of the dogs. You have such a great eye.

Congrats! Today I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger award. Tag your it and I love your writing.

michiko said...

The first photo is really beautiful!

nadia said...

makes for lovely picutres!!!

Mary-Laure said...

MISS GLITZY - oh yes, Benjy has settled fine and is VERY happy here.

FRANCESCA - thanks for your comment, it sounds like you have a fascinating background and I'd really LOVE to hear more about it.
By the way, I love Italy and even had an Italian great-grandmother (bisnonna) whom I never got to meet but whom I've heard a lot about.
Arrivederci!

KARINA - romantic... I wish, ha ha ha...

NANCY - if you love surfer guys you should definitely come over and visit me. Why don't you?

LAURA - aaaawwww, thank you!!!! I'll check it out right away.

Rebekah said...

I absolutely love them...beautiful!

Hila said...

These images look like the start of a movie ... :)

limonana said...

wow! the fog makes everything so dreamy...you captured it beautifully.

Anairam said...

I love the combination of fog & sea. Now I must just get myself a little dog so I can go for walks on the beach (which is a 5 minute walk from where I live). Oh, I am so laaaaaazy!! But if I had a little dog, well, it would be different then!

tangobaby said...

Gorgeous shots of the fog. Sometimes that is very hard to capture in a photograph but you did it lovely! I think Benjy has adapted quite well to his new lifestyle.

Mary-Laure said...

ANAIRAM - yyyyyyyeeeeessss! Do get a dog, preferably from a shelter.

TANGOBABY - Benjy has adjusted so well it's incredible. He's a natural Californian.