Friday, September 22, 2017

Beavertail State Park and Lighthouse - Jamestown, Rhode Island

September 22, 2017

Beavertail State Park and Lighthouse - Jamestown, Rhode Island

Once in a while you get lucky.  Today we decided to take a drive to Beavertail State Park on the recommendation of a friend. The sea, what a beautiful and unforgiving place. How it makes man seem so insignificant and so adventurous at the same time.

What follows is a photographic journey of the beautiful place called Beavertail State Park and Lighthouse.  Walking the shores as we gaze into the open Atlantic feeling the the joy and unrelenting power of the ocean. 

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Jamestown, R.I. as we pass on our way to the park

“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

“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.” ― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

“I pass with relief from the tossing sea of Cause and Theory to the firm ground 

“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” ― William James

“hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky 
let your soul and spirit fly, into the mystic...” ― Van Morrison

“The sea, the snotgreen sea, the scrotumtightening sea.” 
― James JoyceUlysses

“Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.” 
― Samuel Taylor ColeridgeThe Rime of the Ancient Mariner

“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too”  - Vincent van Gough, The letters of Vincent van Gough

“It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.” 

“To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift.” 

“There was a magic about the sea. People were drawn to it. People wanted to love by it, swim in it, play in it, look at it. It was a living thing that as as unpredictable as a great stage actor: it could be calm and welcoming, opening its arms to embrace it's audience one moment, but then could explode with its stormy tempers, flinging people around, wanting them out, attacking coastlines, breaking down islands. It had a playful side too, as it enjoyed the crowd, tossed the children about, knocked lilos over, tipped over windsurfers, occasionally gave sailors helping hands; all done with a secret little chuckle” 

“He: "Whale you be my valentine?" She: "Dolphinitely.” ― Adam Young

“Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part.” 

“Darwin may have been quite correct in his theory that man descended from the apes of the forest, but surely woman rose from the frothy sea, as resplendent as Aphrodite on her scalloped chariot.” 
― Margot DatzA Survival Guide for Landlocked Mermaids

"Martha is my Mermaid"

My mermaid who is so at ease with the ocean, her mood lightens as she makes the motion, see there, that's ocean. A single gaze of the blue green water reliably brings a small smile to her lovely face and without fail she lets out a relieved and joyous sigh that accompanies any seascape smile. The sea makes her happy so surely she must be a Mermaid. With the water lapping at her toes sheer joy returns to her face and her gentle soul.  As she loosens her sandals and puts her feet in the sand a childlike strut appears in her gate and I know my Mermaid has returned to her estate.

Martha the love of my life

“I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came.

[Remarks at the Dinner for the America's Cup Crews, September 14 1962]” 

“Ocean separates lands, not souls..”  ― Munia Khan

“Time is more complex near the sea than in any other place, for in addition to the circling of the sun and the turning of the seasons, the waves beat out the passage of time on the rocks and the tides rise and fall as a great clepsydra.” ― John SteinbeckTortilla Flat

“and I shall watch the ferry boats, and they'll get high, on a bluer ocean against tomorrow's sky. and i will never grow so old again, and i will walk and talk, in gardens all wet with rain...” ― Van Morrison

“I spent uncounted hours sitting at the bow looking at the water and the sky, studying each wave, different from the last, seeing how it caught the light, the air, the wind; watching patterns, the sweep of it all, and letting it take me.  The sea.” ― Gary PaulsenCaught by the Sea

“I was happy anywhere I could see the ocean.” ― Ai YazawaNana, Vol. 18

'Cause I want to be there,I want to go back down and lie beside the sea there.
With a tin cup for a chalice. Fill it up with good red wine,
And I'm-a chewin' on a honeysuckle vine. Jimmy Buffett - Tin Cup Chalice

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  1. Great pictures, the quotes are a cool addition

    1. Thank you for the comment. I enjoyed adding those quotes as it felt good to re-read some of them and learn new ones. Thanks for reading and come again.

  2. Chuck, did you write that “Martha is my mermaid”? Because that was really beautiful, no lie it made me tear up a bit. Great pictures, and quotes!

    1. Heya Jess,

      Yes, I wrote that. It's easy when you love someone as much as I love Martha.


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