“To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and the flow of the tides, to feel the breathe 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 years, … , is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.” from Under the Sea Wind – A Naturalist’s Picture of Ocean Life by Rachel Carson (1941).
Over the years I have been fortunate to spend much of my life close to the sea, aware of the tides and its constant changes and power. My present home near the magnificent Pebble Ridge at Westward Ho! in North Devon is often dominated by the low rumble of waves breaking, drawing the large round cobbles back and forth across each other. Such timeless action and the living landscape it produces fill my spirit with a power, energy and peace as ageless and deep as the ocean itself, bringing life and its problems into perspective. This short film hopefully captures something of the immanent tranquility and power such moments inspire…
(…although my old dog’s concerns about rising sea levels are maybe somewhat more evident!)
P Ward 2013