This beach, Cabarita Beach, is “our” beach. My husband grew up nearby, we were married here, and we return often.
If you’ve been reading 3 Hour Past for a while, you know I find the summers in Queensland physically challenging. I get insomnia, migraines, become extremely restless and, well, go crazy. Like that time I chopped off all my hair two years ago when I was too hot one afternoon and thought I had bugs on me.
This summer, we added regular trips to the beach (soft late afternoon light) to my coping strategies. For the first time since I jumped the equator, I haven’t had a January meltdown. This is a big deal, I dread January for 11 months of the year.
As a mindfulness exercise, I take walks with my camera to capture the natural world around me. I took these a few weeks ago and returned to them today in the middle of a busy work week.
My husband, the native, points out interesting and poisonous creatures. He’s my guide.
I look close and wonder “why?” Why so beautiful? Why green on black? Why the garlands of barnacles? Why so soft and so sharp? What breathlessly gorgeous creature might live in this brilliantly carpeted crevice?
Natural beauty is extravagant and complex- unexpected, unselfconscious.
When I stop and really look, everything else fades away.
“Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.” ~Henry David Thoreau, journal, 5 January 1856
We stood in a rock pool and spotted tiny purple crabs- I caught one on video. He’s completely unconcerned by the changing water and what pretty purple and white claws! (and quick, we couldn’t catch him)
I hope you enjoyed our stroll along Cabarita Beach! Where do you go to be in nature?
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