A Few Pictures Of The Coast

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

In response to this week’s unnecessary contentions on a personal and national scale I thought I would offer to the reader a bit of a respite and distraction. Here follow a few pictures of a journey I made to the coast, featuring the woods, lighthouses and a sunset.

Feel free to click on each image for a larger version. Enjoy…

For the 25,000 new subscribers to Professor Turley’s articles added this week, welcome and thank you for viewing. Not all that matters in this country is centered around Washington, DC. We as people are of nature more than we are of politics. I believe the sooner we accept this we might find it better to our own individual liking.

Though the lighting conditions were not conducive toward ideal photography, it did present its moments. I did enjoy a brief window of the proverbial “magic hour” that made for some wonderful color capture–as you will find later.

I found the clouds here to present a sense of kinetic energy, almost radiating from the lighthouse. There is a feature on my camera that makes an effect that simulates taking macros of very small objects.. In retrospect that might have made for an interesting interpretation.

In the above closeup, I discovered an interesting aspect. Above the lens of the lighthouse on the ceiling it resembles a wooden wheel of a 19th century ship: a fitting touch.

What remains here is a former coastal defense battery for protection of the estuary area from marauding navies. The canons are gone, so the only thing now for captains of foreign ships to concern themselves with are the “Cans” and the “Nuns” protecting the harbor.

I suppose if we were in southern Africa, the above would be titled “Perpendikdikular“.

Duck and Cover

As dusk befell I was on my return home and quickly managed to find a venue to pull over and snap this alluring afterglow. Playing on the stereo was Louise Tucker’s “Midnight Blue”. It was an “a-literal” perfect paring.

The community here specializes in the efficient transfer of Dungeness from the mouth of the river to the mouth of hungry humans everywhere. And, they’ve fittingly incorporated this lovely creature into their Christmas lightning. The town seemingly is doing well. (A crab in every pot and a Truck in every garage. What more can a man want?)

For the journey I pre-loaded my stereo with a relaxing selection of music that serendipitously matched the drive and surroundings. Here is a recommended playlist.

Fifth Dimention | Age of Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In
Animotion | Obsession
Paul McCartney & Wings | Band on the Run
Paul McCartney & Wings | Maybe I’m Amazed
Paul McCartnet & Wings | My Love
Chicago | Feelin’ Stronger
Chicago Transit Authority | Beginnings
Belle Stars | Iko
Björk | Human Behavior
David Bowie | Changes
David Bowie | China Girl
David Bowie | Modern Love
David Bowie & Freddie Mercury | Under Pressure
coven | One Tin Soldier
The Cranberries | Dreams
The Cranberries | Linger
Cream | White Room
Depeche Mode | Never Let You Down (Again)
Depeche Mode | Personal Jesus
ELO | Can’t Get You Out of My Head
Enya | The Celts
Enya | Wild Child
Eurythmics | Love Is A Stranger
Eurythmics | Who’s That Girl
Fleetwood Mac | The Chain
George Harrison | When We Was Fab
George Harrison | My Sweet Lord
Gogi Grant | Wayward Wind
The GoGos | Head Over Heels
The GoGos | Our Lips are Sealed
The Guess Who | No Sugar Tonight
Human League | Don’t You Want Me, Baby?
Human League | Human
The Hollies | The Air That I Breathe
The Hollies | He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
Juice Newton | Angel of the Morning
Louise Tucker | Midnight Blue
The McCoys | Hang On Sloopy
The Outfield | Every Time You Cry
Pink Floyd | Learning to Fly
Simple Minds | Alive and Kicking
Supertramp | Goodbye Stranger
Thompson Twins | Hold Me Now
T’Pau | Heart & Soul

It was only a few hours for this short getaway yet certainly worth the investment in well-being.

Photos (c) 2019 Darren Smith

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