There’s something hypnotic about the sounds of the endless waves, breaking and returning, breaking and returning.  The fog mutes and distorts the sounds, wrapping me in a damp coat of solitary silence.  Sunshine is turned into the silver of scattered diamonds on the water. A host of footprints marks the empty beach, perhaps the imprints of all who’ve ever walked here before.

The seagull soars silently past and I whirl, trying to catch him (or her; who knows?) in my lens.  Later, when I look, he appears to be balancing on the tip of one wing.  We were all in balance that morning, the seagull, nature and I.

Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.
~H. P. Lovecraft

Roll on, deep and dark blue ocean, roll. Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain. Man marks the earth with ruin, but his control stops with the shore.
~Lord Byron

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.
~Ryunosuke Satoro

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Phoneography Challenge of “Black and White”.  If you take photos with a Smartphone or iThingy, feel free to join in. The black and white in the photo is natural and I’ve done no editing.


  1. Really like the capture and how the sea gull’s wing gentle graces the sand and surf. Also enjoyed quotes and image together. Happy Phoneography Monday.

  2. says:

    Love the movement and especially the lighting Janet!

  3. Amy says:

    What a wonderful capture of the sea gull, he/she wing lifted the wing from the sand…
    Great quotes!

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  5. Amar Naik says:

    beautiful captured sea gull :). nice clik

  6. Angeline M says:

    Beautiful in B&W. I love how the horizon gradually fades away! That’s fantastic!

  7. micey says:

    The angle of the seagull next to the shore makes him look like a jet plane flying through the sky with smoke trailing behind him. Very cool!