We wait, we plan, we save… we book our place by the sea in our sixty days of northern summer. Or, we find somewhere in frozen February to the far, far south: a coral reef, a pink beach, or a blue pool to sit next to. And what we’re really looking for in any of these places is blue sky and a full warm yellow sun. Yes, you might say we dream.
Sun by the Sea, it’s t-shirts, shorts and sandals. It’s fresh air, sand and surf. It’s time together; time to play, to rest, relax, and restore.
I’m watching the sky, it’s coming, I’m not looking at my watch. Watching the horizon line… ocean is black, the sky is building, gaining color. I’m watching with my eyes, not by the time, therefore I can see what actually happens. The sea captures color from the sky, waves roll in carrying the color with them. The sun is not here yet. I can see the horizon burning, no sun, no spark yet. The air is heating up. The sea is getting darker. I’m waiting for the sun to come. – R.H.P
I wake; I roll over, open one eye, I can see the light through the curtain, morning is coming. I want to be at the shore when the sun breaks the horizon. I ask myself why: this is the longest day of the year. The sun comes up earlier this morning than any other day. The sun will be as far left on the ocean as it can get and I’m looking to get a shot from the stand up cave at crystal cove. I need to get up to be there when the sun hits the horizon. – R.H.P
Spring, 1970. We spent the night at our family cottage by the sea. Restless, we got up before the sun, hiked across a sand beach and across cliffs for two miles down the coast to a private cove to watch the sun rise out of the ocean. When you’re waiting, anticipating, it takes forever. I remember our thick sweaters and the dew on the rocks of the cove, the damp morning air, and the waves washing into the cove. I remember waiting. She was a good sport.
Finally, the sun came, a fiery spark, red-orange flooding the sea with light. At dawn, the sea darkens the moment the sun breaks the horizon. Everything darkens. Islands and boats become silhouettes. The sky holds the sun and the sun races up the sky; finally, the sun breaks free one diameter then two. At the third diameter, we headed back to the cottage. We had scrambled eggs, bacon, toast and orange juice back at the cottage with family. – R.H.P
Sunrise at the ocean is often Madeira-citrine-orange. There are certain memories that stay with us forever, often when there is a measure of challenge, adversity, or discomfort.
Marmalade. One-ounce glass jar. Black screw top. Black paper seal. Dickinson’s written in gold script the length of the seal, orange-yellow jam. Destiny could be toast, raisin, sourdough, whole wheat, multigrain. This morning’s destiny is an English muffin, open pockets grilled, buttered and spread with marmalade.
Breakfast is a happy sunshine welcome to the day. Scrambled egg yellow sun stirred, swirled, spatula flipped on a griddle warming the plate with corned beef hash, baby potatoes, and asparagus tips. A glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice and a cup of black coffee. This is my favorite breakfast.
Big old oak tree. 100 years old. Massive trunk, huge canopy, full, total tree shade. I have spots though, spaces between the leaves as the sea breeze rustles the leaves and patterns of light shuffle across the page. Sumac tossing in the breeze. Air temperature sitting in the sun is the same as two hours ago. The breeze has picked up, though. Heat rising from the earth a couple thousand feet inland creates the void, the cool sea air rushes in to fill.
Maybe the temperature here in the shade is cooler than two hours ago. It’s pleasant though. Long sleeve shirt, long pants, socks, shoes. It’s a nice day on the oak terrace. Where the sun moves between shifting leaves and touches my hand, I feel its warmth. All is green and blue, land and sea. The sky is a hazy silver-white. The sun in my imagination is yellow, but here today at high noon, the sun is white-hot.
Madeira, a sun-drenched sub-tropical island semi-autonomous region of Portugal off the northwest coast of Africa, is known for its namesake wine.
The main island of Madeira is volcanic, green and rugged with high cliffs and pebbly beaches. The wine of Madeira is highly coveted around the world and possesses a honey gold amber color. The gem citrine with colors in this range is called Madeira citrine.
Madeira citrine is the gem we use in our Sun by the Sea Necklace.
The Egyptians understood, worshiped, revered and honored the sun. They had gods, and told stories about the sun.
We used to buy suntan lotion and go to the beach. Now we buy sunscreen and go to the beach… we are all still worshiping the warming rays of the sun.
The weatherman says, “It’s going to be good weather. The sun will shine all day.”
Summer is prime time in the sun. We book our vacations, we rest, recreate and restore. A good vacation is sunny, if it’s a week of clouds and rain we say maybe it will be better next year. The human family cherishes the sun.
Every morning I walk to the mailbox to pickup the newspaper. I catch dawn on my way back to the house. These are four shots catching hammock, sea and rising sun.
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