Posts Tagged ‘Cape May New Jersey’


There are so many interpretations of  “Thresholds” that a task that first seemed daunting now offers me a plethora of choices.  The thresholds I feature this week are from a wonderful Thanksgiving vacation we spent in Cape May, New Jersey a few years ago.  Cape May is one of the many New Jersey places that give lie to the popular conception that New Jersey is dingy and covered with cement.

If you’d like to see some thresholds in Provence, here’s a post I did not long ago:

Threshold to vacation

Threshold to vacation


Threshold to the ocean

Threshold to the ocean


Threshold to ??

Threshold to ??

Waves rolling over and encircling your feet, rising up your ankles; the sensation of sand slipping away from beneath you as the water returns to the ocean, trying to pull the sand with it….essence of ocean’s touch.


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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.


Last Thanksgiving, we stayed a week in Cape May, New Jersey, a beautiful place. One morning it was foggy and I grabbed my iPad, heading out for a solitary, hushed walk. I almost missed this spider web, dripping with moisture. I like this picture because it’s not completely in focus and it’s naturally black and white. The droplets look like rhinestones, one of my favorite types of jewelry.   Here are the other responses to this week’s Black and White challenge.  Take a look.  It doesn’t take long and you’ll be glad you did.

Glittering droplets
Spectacular necklace for
Debutante spider


The Phoneology Challenge comes around each Monday, with a different but repeating theme.  (BTW, Sally, thanks for getting the post up early.  I’m so impatient to get my post done each day!)  On the first Monday of each month, the theme is “nature.”   I take quite a few nature photos, so it can be difficult to choose.  But as we wait for our worldly goods to arrive on Wednesday at our rental house, the idea of a new beginning, leading to unknown places, was on my mind, making two photos perfect for the challenge.

On our way back from Wyoming in August, we made a stop at Devil’s Tower, a volcanic extrusion in Wyoming near the South Dakota border. As we walked around the base, this view called to me and I took the shot with my trusty iPad. No editing took place, but I did compose a haiku to go with the photo.

Verdant grass beckons
Hobbit-like I run swiftly
Through unknown forests


This is a similar photo taken in Cape May, New Jersey last Thanksgiving.  On the other side is the ocean, but the inviting path and round hole at the other end made me think of hobbits as well.


What does the sea (or ocean) mean to me? Last Thanksgiving, it meant a wonderful week in Cape May, New Jersey, where we enjoyed excellent food, amazing scenery and even better company. It’s hard to pick out one shot, so I think in this case, I’ll give you a few extra for your time and money. It’s still hard to choose, but here goes.

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The world through my eyes at Cape May, New Jersey, November 2012.


One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach.  One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.–Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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