When the land you love shakes beneath your feet
and even rocks that look so solid
suddenly can shift because of a greater force, you wonder what is certain about your life anymore.
But the waves will still form and break
and the tides come and go.
The sea air is still tangy and refreshing. The sun warm and the sky blue on days like this one.
A wave surge hits the sea wall and exhilarates you with delight as salt water splashes your face.
It is ironic that nature means earthquakes here in Aotearoa but it is nature that we return to for solace and restoration of spirit and hope.
Great post! We are not the boss 🙂 where is Aoteroa?? Which country?
Thanks! I live in New Zealand. Aotearoa is the Maori name for my homeland. Maori people are the indigenous peoples of our country.
BTW your crochet work is very beautiful!
Thanks!!! I have seen photos of Aotearoa and it is beautiful 🙂
Years ago–I was on a 29 sailboat between Kauai and Oahu during a storm, anxiously listening to the small craft warnings on the radio. The waves were ranging between 18 to 22 feet, with 30 knot winds and locally higher gusts (according to the weather forecast).
The wind whistled eerily through the rigging, and many of the waves blocked the sun above.
For 12 hours, face to face with powerful forces of nature that could have easily swallowed me up…..I too wondered about my life here in this world (a life that I had taken for granted).
I have never been to the Land of the Long White Cloud; but, from all the photos I have looked at, I can tell it is absolutely beautiful there! Wish I could visit.
Wow your experience in the full force of nature sounded very dramatic and as you say brings us face to face with our tenuous hold on life.
We live in a very beautiful country and blogs let you travel in a virtual fashion to so many wonderful sights/sites.
It is ironic! But perhaps these earthquakes remind us to pay more attention to nature and, our heightened senses make sure that we do. The earthquakes by themselves are as normal as salt spray (not as pleasant for us though!); problems only arise when we build with reckless abandon on fault lines 😉
It is easy for humans to think they can beat nature but not so in many cases.
The splashing of the salt spray reminded me that adrenalin can surge with delight as well as fear.
Yes, so true about the adrenalin working both ways.
Beautiful Lynley; you capture the paradoxes so well with simple words and images.
Thanks Juliet. It is such a paradox and the views along the beach on Sunday reminded me about it.
Love your sea shots. But there is still one thing we can be certain of…
Thanks Cindy. You will live with earthquake possibilities too:-)