It’s finally starting to feel like spring! Yahoo!
"1000_1448" by Rowan of Ravara
I was cooped up editing the school newspaper all morning, so this afternoon I took a bike ride. I rode down my street, past the ocean, and took a rest stop at the beach. Then I rode back up the hill, past mansions, the ocean, past tourists and spring’s robins. It was a lovely ride. :)
I highly recommend taking a leisurely bike ride. It’s great exercise, a great stress reliever, and the fresh air and beautiful scenery really is worth it!
I know I already blogged about how the ocean makes me happy, but when I saw this week’s photo challenge, I couldn’t help but participate. I am going to school in Newport, RI, and I love photography. I don’t have the money for a SLR camera, but I own a Nikon L110,which in my opinion is one of the better of point-and-shoot cameras. Here are some of my other favorites from my ocean photography:
"Let it Rain" by tested
I admit going out in rain is not fun. But when you are inside, cuddled in warm covers and listening to the wind gusts against your house and the rain beat against your windows it can be somehow comforting to know you are safe. I like cozy nights where I can enjoy the sound of the rain and warmth of my bed.
Last night was such a night like that. It stormed so bad the wind burst open the front door of our house, which I guess hadn’t been fully closed. (No worries–I have a night owl of a roommate, so she shut the door). The storm woke me up, but I listened to the rain until I eventually fell back asleep.
Living near the ocean is also an interesting experience when storms roll around, because before the storm comes you can hear the distant and eerie fog horn. While that sound is haunting, at the same time it fills me with this feeling of awe and relaxation. The waves were also crashing loudly the past few nights, and the sound of the ocean filled the air for the past few evenings.
All in all, I love night time storms. Some people (and my dog) are afraid of them, but I feel safe inside and protected against the elements. And I love the thrill of watching a thunderstorm pass by (even though that does not always mean I’m safe).What about others? Are you afraid of rain storms, or do you find them comforting or exciting?
For the relaxing sound of rain without the storm, listen to this song. My family has a lot of these CDs by Dan Gibson, and they are very relaxing nature songs set to classical music.
Look what I found on today's walk!
Like a lot of people, I like going on walks to relieve stress or unhappiness. It was a little chilly today, but I put on a pair of gloves, a hat and a warm coat and headed off to the ocean for about 30 minutes. I like walking around 4 pm, because the sun was getting low enough to cast a warm glow and shadows on the surroundings. The ocean was deep blue today and the sky was a pretty pink and light blue.
I’m really lucky to live by the ocean. I stopped by a small stretch of sand to snap a few pictures. Someone had been creative and made a sculpture of rocks! I also recorded a video. (Check it out below). I listened to my ipod for most of the walk, but unplugged just long enough to hear the soothing crashing of the tides on the sand.
I headed back from this walk refreshed and happy I got to enjoy some fresh air for a little bit.