By the Sea

By the Sea

In the artificial world of his cities and towns, man often forgets the true nature of his planet and the long vistas of its history, in which the existence of the race of men has occupied a mere moment of time. The sense of all these things comes to him most clearly in the course of a long ocean voyage, when he watches day after day the receding rim of the horizon, ridged and furrowed by waves… And then, as never on land, he knows the truth that his world is a water world, a planet dominated by its covering mantle of ocean, in which the continents are but transient intrusions of land above the surface of the all-encircling sea…Rachel Carson

By the Sea
Pine Island Sound, Florida

Those that live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be a part...Hermann Broch

By the Sea
Cat Island, Bahamas

I send thee a shell from the ocean beach;

But listen thou well, for my shell hath speech.

          Hold to thine ear,

          And plain thou’lt hear…Charles Henry Webb

By the Sea
North Captiva Island, Florida

To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of year, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be… Rachel Carson

By the Sea
S/S Alondra

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it,—but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor… Oliver Wendell Holmes

By the Sea
Gulf of Mexico

The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea...Isal Dinesen

By the Sea
Useppa Island, Florida

Health, south wind, books, old trees, a boat, a friend… Ralph Waldo Emerson

By the Sea
San Carlos Bay, Florida

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover... Mark Twain

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Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 36 Comments

  1. These are gorgeous images of the sea, Ron. I love them all equally and couldn’t possibly pick a favorite. 🙂

    1. Thank you Cathy. It pleases me that you enjoyed the post.

  2. Wow, Ron………you have really excelled yourself with this post. Amazing pics of the sea, and the quotes are absolutely wonderful. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Sylvia. That is a real compliment.

    1. Thank you Ioanna and thanks for visiting.

    1. Thank you for your thoughtful comment Madelaine

  3. Excellent… two thumbs up. Great job, Ron… 😀

    1. Thank you so much Bams and thanks too for your visits.

  4. What a beautiful series of shots… The North Captiva Island and San Carlos Bay photos really captured the spirit, amazing.

    1. Thank you Randall. I really appreciate your thoughts.

    1. It was my pleasure. Thank you for your comment.

  5. Thi is a really great series, but the most I like the last photo
    Cheers Angela 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Angela. I think the last image is probably my favorite too.

  6. Sublime, Ron. Makes my entry look a little sorry. 🙁 Love your conch especially.

    1. Thank you Jo. The conch is a usual favorite.

  7. So beautiful!!!!! When I started I thought the first one was so great…..But then each one of them is incredible…I could choose the first one because of the wonderful pure color…And because of the lack of color but its extreme purity, I love Useppa Island….So, you see….Each one has something special…Like the sea….

    1. Illargia, thank you for your generous comment. I am happy you enjoyed the post.

    1. Thanks Carol. I certainty am one of those drawn.

  8. One more wonderful than the next. Beautifully done as always Ron!

    1. I very much enjoyed putting this one together. Thanks for your kind words.

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