SENSE OF PLACE

I FORGET the beach is so close. I grew up inland and though we’ve lived on the coast for six years I haven’t really explored all the ne...






I FORGET the beach is so close. I grew up inland and though we’ve lived on the coast for six years I haven’t really explored all the nearby beaches. There’s a strange sense of feeling alien, as though this space, this place, is not mine. I guess the beaches belong to everyone, and no one, but I feel out of place there. We walked the dog along an off-leash stretch of beach on Sunday and while the dog frolicked I snapped pictures of the coastal textures and colours I am growing to love. Is there somewhere you feel out of place? Why do you think that is?

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  1. heee, I feel the same way, but the other way around. I spent my childhood on the coast. I've never lived more than an hour from the ocean, and although I'm not a beachy person as such, I think living hours inland, with no open water around makes me feel a bit creeped out.

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  2. I'm a bit like flossy-p. The coast is something I've always taken for granted. It's true that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. I have many childhood memories of the beach.

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  3. BTW I love the pic. I like your eye.

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  4. Beautiful pictures - i can almost smell the beach!
    i love walking near the beach but must admit I dont like swimming at the beach, i feel so much safer at the local pool but I do love the noise of crashing waves, the grit of sand, the smell of the sea!
    happy exploring!

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  5. ooh I can't wait to get to the beach in the holidays, I love walking along it. But to answer your question, I feel out of place everywhere and anywhere, I have just decided it's my personality ??? I don't care any more and I'm used to it.
    Anyway, wishing you and your love ones a Merry Christmas!

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  6. I'm at very peace when I'm on my own no matter the location, and I only feel out of place if there's more than one with me, like that quote I heard somewhere in some fiction - "I am at my most loneliest in a crowd".

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  7. So pretty...I love natural textures - you are lucky!

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  8. Wow, what a gorgeous beach, looks perfect for shell collecting! Lovely photos :) I'd have to say in the snow is probably where I feel a bit out of place since it doesn't snow where I'm from. It's not that I don't like it, I'm just not used to it.

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  9. Beautiful photos! I found I felt very out of place living in a pine forest in the middle of nowhere in England. So many pointy trees just isn't right! I used to go forest-crazy, but it wasn't anything a trip into town to get good coffee, visit an art gallery and buy red wine, blue cheese and dark chocolate couldn't fix.

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  10. Me? I feel more at home near the coast as I grew up on the Great Barrier Reef. I feel strange inland sometimes. I also don't connect well to snowy places although I think snow looks pretty. I can breathe near the ocean. And I love the humidity in the air that you get near the sea.

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  11. What lovely photos! I always feel at home when I'm skiing in Colorado. Not sure where I feel out of place. But I love off-the-leash time on the beach, that's for sure;) You snapped some great shells and seaweed!

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  12. hi - it's been great catching up with your blog with my coffee - but i wasn't ready for so many thought provoking issues b4 9am. in brief: you resonate with so many people, you are inspirational,creative + interesting! I have also felt like the 'odd one out' for most of my life and only have a sense of 'fitting in' when i read the creative community blogs..happy holidays!

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