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Photo Journal/ A-Z Photo Challenge: W is for Water in San Francisco

It’s Tuesday once more! Time for Frizztext’s A-Z Photo Challenge, letter this week is W. Since we are celebrating water-themed stories until end of December, I thought that I might as well share a few of my favorite water shots in one of my favorite cities in the world, San Francisco! Here are a few photographs taken from Baker Beach and from hiking at Lands End.

Water in San Francisco: Baker Beach and Lands End

“I thought of you and how you love this beauty,
And walking up the long beach all alone
I heard the waves breaking in measured thunder
As you and I once heard their monotone.

Around me were the echoing dunes, beyond me
The cold and sparkling silver of the sea —
We two will pass through death and ages lengthen
Before you hear that sound again with me.” 
― Sara Teasdale

“If it’s any consolation, when I was growing up, I didn’t feel like I belonged here, either. I dreamed about going to New York. But it’s strange, because when I finally escaped this place, I ended up missing it more than I thought I would. There’s something about the ocean that just calls to me.” 
― Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song

I didn’t meet a soul. Everything looked and sounded unreal. Nothing was what it is. That’s what I wanted—to be alone with myself in another world where truth is untrue and life can hide from itself. Out beyond the harbor, where the road runs along the beach, I even lost the feeling of being on land. The fog and the sea seemed part of each other. It was like walking on the bottom of the sea. As if I had drowned long ago. As if I was the ghost belonging to the fog, and the fog was the ghost of the sea. It felt damned peaceful to be nothing more than a ghost within a ghost.” 
― Eugene O’NeillLong Day’s Journey Into Night

“My day is done, and I am like a boat drawn on the beach, listening to the dance-music of the tide in the evening.” 
― Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

How about you, dear friends, what is your W photo for the week?

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

2 comments on “Photo Journal/ A-Z Photo Challenge: W is for Water in San Francisco

  1. “My day is done, and I am like a boat drawn on the beach,
    listening to the dance-music of the tide in the evening.”
    ― Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds
    yes, it would be wonderful, if we could end all our days near the water,
    celebrating a kind of a meditation ritual …


  2. Pingback: Monday Reading: Of Grandparents, Water Tales, and a Graphic Novel «

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