“My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For the past decade, summer has been a time for me to travel and explore the world around me.  Many past summers I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to travel for weeks.

While the summer of 2020 was very different, I was thrilled to have the chance to spend time enjoying the healing powers of the ocean.  After months of dealing with the stresses of our new normal, the beach was the perfect place to be!  The sounds, sights, and smells took me back to a simpler time.

Shells

Shells

Each Morning, I started my day on the beach before the sun.  I had to wait for quite some time for my camera and lenses to acclimate to the humidity and changes in temperature between my room and the outdoors.  After the first day, I made a point to put my gear on the balcony an hour before going out to photograph.

At Water's Edge

At Water’s Edge

 

Morning Companion

Morning Companion

Although I am drawn to the more intimate scenes while at a location, I also took some pictures of the wider landscape views as the water danced before me.

Lone Swimmer

Lone Swimmer

One morning, I was in complete awe as I was able to look in one direction to watch the moon set and in the other to watch the sun rise.

Good- Bye Moon

Good- Bye Moon

 

Hello Sun

Hello Sun

 

Before the Storm

Before the Storm

Each day we were welcomed with a new, beautiful scene.  One evening, Randy and I spent gazing at the stars in the sky.  The moment was so perfect that the only pictures of that night sky exist in our memories.

Morning's Patterns

Morning’s Patterns

 

Meandering Beauty

Meandering Beauty

Each morning I photographed these flowers which were located right behind where we were staying.  Their beauty greeted me first thing each morning.

Social Distancing

Social Distancing

I will always be grateful for the time I was able to spend having socially distant time at the beach this summer.  The trip allowed me to spend time with Randy away from all of our daily responsibilities and put my mind in a pre- Covid place, if only for a while.

Back to the Beach

Back to the Beach

I look forward to the next time I can get back to the beach!

 

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Mary Presson Roberts
Mary Presson Roberts

I am a travel and fine art photographer living and working in the Carolinas. My camera has taken me to places I never would have experienced and to people I never would have met. Photography has truly changed my life! Using my blog, I hope to share the joys of both travel and photography.

Comments (14)

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    Beautiful images as always. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thanks, Bill! I miss seeing you and hope you and your family are well!

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    I love these. Thank you.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, so much, Susan!

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    Gorgeous Mary!!!!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Suzy! I hope you and Ken are feeling better each day!

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    Beautiful work as always Mary.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Dan! I greatly appreciate your kind words!

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    Beautiful pictures, Mary. Glad you were able to go and enjoy the beach.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Dana! I hope you and your family are doing well! I miss you!

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    Wonderful pictures and so glad you share them! Have a great school year, no matter how it looks! 🙏❤️🎈❤️

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Frances! 🙂 It is certainly different!

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    It’s obvious that you made good use of your time. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos. I’m missing the beach now!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Jennifer! I am looking forward to seeing you soon!

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