Monday, September 9, 2013

The Chesapeake Bay at Night

The edge of the sea is a strange and beautiful place.
                                          --Rachel Carson

Yesterday was a travel day for me
and for the first time in my travels, 
a day without Internet access until I was too exhausted to use it.
I started the morning in the Midwest in a heavy downpour of rain,
and ended it beside the Chesapeake Bay at twilight.

The sky was hazy blue 
and the Bay was hazy blue, the waters calm. 
Because of the haze and the hour, 
the sea and the sky were indistinguishable.

And then the lights came on.
To our left, the fishing pier's lights reflected off the waters' surface.
To our right, the golden string of lights
 from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel glistened on the horizon.

Source: Photo by Mackenzie Brunson by Magnate Lab, via Flickr

Lucy Maud Montgomery captures the allure of the sea in this quote
from "Anne of Green Gables":

“Look at that sea, girls--all silver and shadow 
and vision of things not seen. 
We couldn't enjoy its loveliness any more
 if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.” 


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