When Peggy and I were seeking an escape in 2021, we headed for the Oregon and Northern California Coast. It seemed like a reasonable answer to what was happening in the world. There is something calming about the ocean, a balance if you will— a reminder of the past, a welcome to the present, and a glimpse of the future. The waves continue to roll in. Worries tend to fade away under such circumstances and the spirit is renewed. Bring it on. Show us what you’ve got.
With this in mind, I decided to dedicate my first post of 2022 to the beauty and the wildness of the ocean using photos that Peggy and I took in 2021.
The ocean is much more than crashing waves, however. There is incredible beauty…
And an abundance of plants and animals uniquely adapted to life on and in the ocean.
HAPPY NEW YEAR— Curt and Peggy
43 thoughts on “Escapism: Or Is the Word— Balance… Happy New Year”
Happy New Year to you and Peggy, Curt. I especially enjoyed the photo of the solitary rock with the water cutting a channel through the spume. Here’s to cutting through a whole lot of things in the coming year, and doing it so gracefully!
Thanks Linda. Hopefully we will be in your neck of the woods again for another visit! If we can’t cut through them, I’m planning to detour around them. 🙂 –Curt
Wishing you and Peggy a great new year, Curt, with lots of escapes to beauty.
Happy New Year, greetings from Sweden 🙂
Thanks for stopping by, Jesper. Appreciated. I’ll check out your blog. –Curt
Gorgeous photos of the ocean, Curt. I think our evolutionary connection to the ocean – the saltwater in our blood, the way our heart beats like the ceaseless waves – evokes something ancient and calming in us. Happy New Year to you and Peggy, and Happy Travels. 😀
Thanks, D. Appreciated. Our mother, the sea. 🙂
What a perfect planet, huh?
Lovely Curt. Happy New Year to you and Peggy!
I am oohing and awwwwing at your beautiful pictures and words Curt. Oh yay… maybe that means we’ll see you more soon. Happy New Year to you and Peggy!
Thanks, Cindy. 🙂 And my goal is to return to more blogging. –Curt
You’re welcome! 🥰 Oh awesome 👏👏👏 I’ll look forward to it!!!💖😘
I never tire of your pictures!
Thanks, G. If I haven’t already wished you a great new year, let me do so now. –Curt
Back atcha, big fella!!
Wishing you both a very Happy New Year. That first photo is sensational.
Happy New Year for you and Peggy from Down Under.
Great photos especially the second one with the surging waves crashing over the rocks. Pretty wild yet soothing to the mind.
Thanks, Gerard. Soothing and wild… always an interesting combination. –Curt
Nappy Hew Year to you two kids, too! (2?) Looks like you’re having way too much fun out there. Can’t go wrong with a trip along the OR coast…. Isn’t Face Rock just charming! Just try to avoid backing up! ☺️ Must be getting the hang of it since we haven’t heard mention of any new mishaps.
Be Safe and Healthy and you’re already happy (I can tell) for that new number!!! (2022 – it has a ring to it!) 💫
Laughing. Hard to have a backup mishap when Safina is parked in our back like. Must say our 16-year-old grandson loved camping out in the trailer when our daughter’s family visited over the holidays. He could sleep as long as he wanted or until his mom got him up, which was usually the case. 🙂
Facerock is one of my favs. I would imagine you recognized several of the rocks from your neck of the woods. –Curt
Hah! Lived less than a half hour’s drive from Bandon for roughly 6 years. Had many, many chances to walk those splendid beaches after hubby died. It was what got me diving back into photography and started me blogging. And here we are….. 🤗
Yeah… come to think of it. I wouldn’t want to take any chances to hit snow dragging a trailer. 🥴
Bet the grandson was in heaven camping out in Serafina!
I can’t believe we lived here for several years before discovering Bandon, Gunta. Once we did, we’ve been back several times.
We will be hitting the road with Serafina in a couple of weeks, assuming the weather gods cooperate. I hoping to start our full-timing adventure in March. But we will see…
Yep, Ethan loved it. 🙂 –Curt
Is the shot of the sea stars current? Looks like they may be recovering. They had very nearly disappeared about the time I moved south.
While this photo was taken this past year when they were still suffering from the disease, Gunta, they are supposed to be rebounding quickly after they were almost wiped out. –Curt
By the time I moved south I wasn’t finding ANY which was a bit scarey. It’s good to see some recovery.
Yes, it would be tragic to see such unusual and beautiful creatures become extinct.
A wonderful way to summarize 2021, Curt: calm, and wild, soothing, and troubled, and so beautiful🙂
Have a wonderful New Year, and to many more safe and happy wandering!
Thanks much, Christie. Appreciated. 🙂
Oooh, that elephant and lion rocks!! Looks and sounds lovely. You know what you’ve got to do. Happy 2022!
Spend more time on the ocean… 🙂
Lovely photos, especially that first one.
Really lovely photos Curt! you and Peggy got some great captures.
I mostly prefer to look at mountains, but such nice photos of the ocean make my mind travel!
Thanks for sharing and best wishes for 2022!
I’m always torn between the mountains and the ocean. My first love is the mountains, however. 🙂
These are splendid photos, and I love your message. A reminder of how small our problems get if we are beside the ocean and realize how big and timeless it is. And realize how lucky we are that our world is so beautiful. My faves are the waves crashing, and I love the framing of the one with seaweed in the foreground and cliffs in the background.
Thanks Crystal. I could easily have lived by the ocean. It has always called to me and calmed me. Especially the Northwest, including California from Big Sur north. –Curt
A wonderful message, and a collection of beautiful photos. Being by the sea is so healing.
Wishing you two all the best for 2022. May it be all you could wish for. 💕🥂🥳
Thanks much, Allison. And our best to you and Don in the coming year. –Curt
Curt we are missing the ocean terribly. I agree there is something very soothing about the waves. the photos you and Peggy have taken brought back so many wonderful memories of our own coastal explorations. Perhaps this year will find us standing on a shore.
Happy New Year and may 2022 bring good health and much joy to you both.
Of course, you do have so incredible mountains, Sue. 🙂 But I am with you and love both. We have been lucky living both here and in California to have easy access to both! Here’s to a more easy year to travel! –Curt