Folly Beach Pier

"And you are still young but you'll understand that the stars of the sea are the same for the land; and we came to learn the sea." – Dar Williams

There is something about the ocean that gives me a sense of calm. I don't think that there's anything more pleasurable in the world than walking on the beach. While in South Carolina, we spent an afternoon soaking up the sun and relaxing at the Folly Beach Pier. Casey read at a picnic table in the sun and I spent the afternoon exploring along the shore. Living in western New York where winters are cold and grey and any appearance from the sun seems miraculous, it's easy to forget what the sun feels like. By the time the sun had lowered in the sky, I felt heavy and exhausted but in a good way. I felt calm. At peace.

Last September when I went to Colorado, I noticed how much easier it is to photograph a place that is so photogenic. Part of it might be the unfamiliarity, the newness. Part of it might be that when you live in a place your whole life, it becomes harder to see its beauty, especially when you're caught in the day-to-day. This day spent at the beach reminded me yet again of how exciting it is to photograph a new place. It also reminded me of how important it is to seek out the beauty in the familiar and allow yourself to see what you've always known in a new way. This is the beauty of travel. It gently forces you to open your heart, your eyes, and your mind to something new and different and once you let it in, once you let it fill you up, you have no choice but to carry it back home with you.

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