Friday, August 26, 2011

There is a place


there is a place
where the sea meets the land
with greetings of
waves crashing upon rocks
over and over and
over again

my lullaby

a place where the wind howls like thunder
and seagulls float like
twilight over sand

a place where each day
begins anew
and evidence of yesterdays
are washed away

a place where i am whole
complete
and sheltered
to just
be

: : :


The photo above was taken last year when we were in Oregon.  Oregon has one of the most beautiful coastlines I have ever seen.  And I've seen quite a few, being a lover of the sea.

Today, I turn 59.
 A day to reflect on what brings me joy and comfort.

And that, to me, is the sea.  The smell, the wind, the life it holds.
It makes me whole.



I may not be getting around to all of you 'today' since The Professor is at my service 
for whatever I want!  
Now that's what I call a real 'present'!

My wish today?  That Irene is kind to our coastal friends.  
Let's hope we don't need a boat for all the flooding
that may be coming!
Stay safe ... and high ... and dry!


80 comments:

Ashley Sisk said...

WOW - that photo is spectacular.

deb duty said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you have a fabulous day. Thanks you for sharing your beautiful photos and words with us. It's always a treat.

Lois Evensen said...

Happy Birthday! I understand your connection to the sea. We, too, have strong ties to the beauty, power, and grace of the sea.

Snappy Di said...

Oh I know,,,, I think we are all a bit concerned about all who live on the coast. They must be worried sick.

Happy Birthday!!

ladyfi said...

Happy birthday! And wow - that is a breath-taking photo!

Ginny said...

You are a true artist, my friend! Your photo is stunning and your poem, how wonderful. It is really so evocative. I especially love the part about the evidence of yesterday being washed away, wow! I never would have thought this is the Oregon coast! Your posts are so good that admittance should be charged! HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Lisa RedWillow said...

Happy Birthday . Love your image and words. They sure filled me .
Have a wonderful day.

Cozy Little House said...

Happy Birthday, new blogging friend! What do you do to your photos like the one at the top? Beautiful!
Brenda

bobbybegood1 said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, HAPPY BIRTHDAY reena!!! You don't hear about many women sailing our oceans. Great for you! Nice to see a woman at the helm. Have a wonderful day. Cheers!!

christinemyoung said...

Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday Dear Reena
Happy Birthday to You
♪♪♫♫

Evelyn S. said...

Happy Birthday....as an Oregonian (but clear on the opposite side from the beach!), I'm curious as to the location of the photograph. Beautiful image and beautiful words again, Reena. Happy Birthday!

(I'm hoping and praying that my oldest son in Brooklyn will not need a boat!)

Marcie said...

Happy Happy Birthday!! And - what a beautiful coastal image. I've never seen the Oregon coast..but have heard it's beautiful. May your day be everything you wish for!!!

Kanelstrand said...

Happy birthday, Reena!

Wishing you to keep on finding new dreams to follow!

Sonya

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Happy birthday. Amazing photos. I do love the sailing image. My "boat" is not powered by wind, but we get around with 101K HP, too. :)

Ms. Becky said...

oh my dear, what a lovely photo. it's splendid! I'm wishing you a very happy birthday Reena. and many more. I hope you have a wonderful time with The Professor! happy day to you.

Michael Offutt said...

Beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing it and I hope you have a great weekend.

janet said...

Happy Birthday Reena!!

I'm coming up right behind you...57 on the 31st
;->

We are hoping to be far enough west of the brunt of Irene...we'll see.

Enjoy the day

Janet xox

Anika said...

Very cool post. And happy happy birthday to you! Hope your newest birthday year is the most happy thus far :)

Jillsy Girl said...

What a lovely poem and spectacular image to go with. You share one of my nieces birthdays! Have a wonderful one with the Prof. pampering you throughout the day!

TexWisGirl said...

happy birthday, dear reena! i hope you are enjoying yourself! :)

EG Wow said...

Happy birthday, Reena! I very much like the magic of this photo. It's perfect for celebrating your birthday.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That Oregon coastline photo is unreal! Enjoy your 59th lap around the sun and I hope for everyone on the right coast, you get your wish.

Rosemary Aubut said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy every moment. Right in you knows whose path in southern coast MA!

Regina said...

I'm so sick of my lap top I could scream! (lol)..am determined to leave you a reponse..happy birthday! Well, what wonderful words and images. I was looking to see what you'd posted for WBW and found so many delightful images!! Wishing you the very best-

dona said...

And happy birthday also from Italy, dear Reena!
My thoughts to all the American people waiting for Irene, sincerely hope that she'll be kind enough with them.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Happy birthday, Reena! I wish I had seen Oregon's coastline on a nice, sunny day, but it was raining and cold. But I trust your opinion. Enjoy your day and all the pampering from your hubby! Hope you are not in Irene's path. :/

Misty said...

Happy Birthday! You should dictate to the Professor and have him do all your commenting FOR you. :)

Ali said...

I adore the picture... so beautiful... and happy happy birthday to you!!!! :)

Florida Farm Girl said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Reena!!! Hope you and the Prof have a wonderful day. I truly hope that Irene wimps out very soon. Stay safe.

Sylvia K said...

A very Happy Birthday, Reena! Hope you celebrate the entire weekend, but do stay safe!! Your coastline shot is gorgeous and I agree with you, Oregon does have one of the most beautiful coastlines I've ever seen. I lived in Portland for 15 years and went to the coast at every opportunity! Never tired of it and never found it to be exactly the same, but always beautiful! Take care! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Corker2 said...

A nice Image that I see. You at the Helm of a boat or sailing ship?

I must admit that I have mixed emotions about loving the Sea. Being in the US Navy aboard a Destroyer and sailed all over the Pacific, I have seen just how nasty the Sea can be. However, I have also seen just how beautiful the sea can be. I do have a appreciation for it, but I always have a great respect for the Sea and what "she" can be.

Sharkbytes said...

Happy day! I hope Irene doesn't do as much damage as they are predicting. Stay safe.

Louise said...

Happy, happy Birthday! I hope that The Professor gives you the best day ever. I understand and appreciate your connection to the sea. Mine is to water of all kind. With one of the Great Lakes practically at my doorstep, and the Finger Lakes not that far away, I have learned, in my life, to love all of their many aspects.

Here's hoping that Irene is a big dud.

Country Girl said...

Having met you recently, I was surprised to hear your real age. You don't look it. Great photo - beautiful poem. Leaving with a desire to visit the Oregon coast ~

Oliag said...

Happy Birthday Dear Reena ...Hope you have a wonderful year:)

Today was such a beautiful day that it is hard to believe a storm is coming...we have prepared as much as we can and will now just be waiting it out....Stay safe!

Gail

Brigindo said...

Happy Birthday. What a lovely photo. The Oregon Coast is my absolute favorite.

S. Etole said...

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays! What delightful colors in that photo of the coast.

Debbie said...

happy birthday girlfriend!! that picture really made me go WOW!!!

i hope the weathermen are wrong, they usually are!!!!

Judy said...

Happy Birthday Reena...I hope your day was all that you wanted it to be.

Barb said...

Happy Birthday!

Ann said...

Wishing you a very happy birthday. That is one beautiful picture

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Happy Birthday Reena! Gorgeous shot, I'd love to see the west coast some day.

Dyche Designs said...

Reena, your words could be my words for I love the sea. It's one of the things I miss the most now that I live here in VA. Have an amazing Birthday with your sweet husband, make it one to remember. Hugs. x

SquirrelQueen said...

Happy Birthday!

That is a beautiful photo. I agree with you, the Oregon coast is by far the most beautiful of any coast I have seen too. We lived on the southern end of it for awhile.

justine said...

a very happy birthday to you and what a place to reflect from, I love this shot.

Jill said...

So sorry I'm a day late but...HAPPY Birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day and that the Professor spoils you all weekend long.
Fantastic photo. Love your poem!

My Journey With Candida said...

Happy Belated Birthday. I hope you had a great one!!

Did you write that poem? So beautiful!! The picture too!

Dianna said...

Like Jill, I, too, am a day late in wishing you a Happy Birthday. (we've been busy preparing for Irene...)
Love your photo - and the poem. They're both beautiful.
Hope the storm fizzles out before it gets to you. The outer bands are reaching us now.

ELK said...

reena . the words so rhythmic like the surf ..this post just touched my heart ..wishes for you to have a special year ahead ..happy birthday!!

Michaele said...

Happy Birthday lovely sea girl!

Sandra said...

happy birthday, enjoy it. my wish is the same as yours for the people in the path of Irene.
i love the photo, beautiful spot and shot.

Fotokarusellen said...

A wonderful post and a very beautiful picture. Well done.

Congratulations with yesterday and a nice weekend to you.

CherryPie said...

Happy Birthday, I hope it was a good one :-)

Friko said...

Very happy belated birthday wishes, dear Reena; I wish you many happy returns of the day and all, or many of them, in the place you love best.

Cheryl said...

Happy Belated! Hope it was grand.

The photo and poem, just beautiful.

Daryl said...

You stinker.. I missed your birthday .. and all the time you spent on this post/photos well well well worth it. Love how you are using the HDR .. hope The Professor was a good pool boy ;-)

Happy belated birthday wishes my dear friend.

Leontien said...

Ohhh Van Harte Gefeliciteerd!!! and yes this means Happy Birthday in Dutch!!!!

may there be many many more happy years to come!
Leontien

Brian Miller said...

nice...this sounds like a beautiful place...and just being is a sweet way to live...even if only for moments...

Bob Bushell said...

They are brilliant.

Andrew said...

Beautiful images..
Belated birthday wishes Reena I hope you had a wonderful day xx

Amish Stories said...

Happy birthday to you, and i hope everyone on here will be safe during Irene's visit past the northeast. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa.

lisa said...

Happy Birthday Dear Reena!!
This photograph is gorgeous. Oregon's coastline is truly amazing, and you have captured it so beautifully.
I hope Irene passes through quickly and without incident for you.

Steve said...

Happy Birthday, your image is awesome. Well done!!

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Well darn! I'm a day late wishing you a Happy Birthday!!! Hope it was one to remember!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

•*¨`*•. ☆ .•*¨`*•. .•*¨`*•. ☆ .•*¨`*•. ☆ .•
Hoping You Had the HAPPIEST Birthday ever!!!
✿•*¨`*•. (¯`v´¯) (¯`v´¯) .•*¨`*•✿
. . . ✿•*¨`*•.¸(¯`v´¯)¸.•´*¨`*•✿ . . .
……………… ....♥ •.¸.•´♥……………

PS: I hope you're having a good weekend!! I LOVE the picture, and you're right about the Oregon coast--It's just amazing!!

Madi and Mom said...

Happy Happy Birthday to you Reena. I hope your day was spectacular!! I'm a tad late to the party again. It is Irene's fault. LOL Our power has been dipping on and off today. Irene is one slow moving huge storm...she will not leave. We've only had rain and lots of wind but it just will not let up. I hope she loses some steam before she reaches you all. For a Cat 1 she has been a real pain!
Hugs C

It's Just Dottie said...

Happy Day to you. I know it will be special. I also love the sea . It makes everything better.
Smiles,Dottie

Barb said...

Happy B-day, Reena! The photo reminds me of Yachats, OR - we drove the coast this spring. So lovely. Don't get blown away. Stay safe and dry.

Ruth said...

Happy, happy birthday, a couple of days late, Reena! I hope your day of wishes was soul-satisfying.

I do love the Oregon coast too.

Mental P Mama said...

So beautiful...hope you all are okay this morning. Connecticut is still here!

Birdman said...

There is a place,
Where I can go,
When I feel low,
When I feel blue.
And it's my mind,
And there's no time when I'm alone.
Lennon/McCartney

urban muser said...

happy birthday! hope you stayed dry. not so bad where i am in manhattan, but still not over yet.

jennyfreckles said...

Happy birthday! I like how you processed that photo, beautiful. I do hope dear Irene has not caused too much disruption round your way.

Jennifer Richardson said...

a happy, breezy birthday to you
full of saltwater peace
and fresh beginnings to
the sweetest adventures so far!
thanks for all the beauty
you share,
Jennifer

Linda R. said...

I know I a bit late but Happy Birthday.. I have that same draw to the sea. I don't know what it is but I love it.. Hugs, Linda

Deanna said...

Oh Happy Birthday, I think I may be late in wishing you that, busy lately, our son was home introducing his new fiance to the family!! Lovely, lovely image!!

Barbara Shallue said...

Happy belated birthday! I feel the same way about a beach. I've never been to the Oregon coast, but I feel it calling me - I've seen several mentions of it in just the past few weeks! Gorgeous photo! Hope you've had a wonderful weekend!!

Debi@7Gates said...

I'm always a day late and a dollar short as the saying goes. Sorry I didn't get a chance to throw out some birthday wishes on your special day. Irene prep took over our life. I hope you had a great birthday and enjoyed the "salt life" somewhere.

Hilary said...

A belated happy birthday to you, dear Reena! I hope it was a wonderful day and wishing you many, many more.

Margaret said...

Just gorgeous photo! Happy birthday and here's to another good year.