Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Day before The Tsunami...


was the last day of our vacation on The Newport Coast.


We spent it at Crystal Cove State Park Beach.
 

Crystal Cove is a stretch of coastal cliffs and a beach front cove situated between the Pacific Coast Highway and the Pacific Ocean just north of Laguna Beach.


The first thing we saw as we made our way down to the beach was the sight of dolphins frolicking offshore!


We stood transfixed...


It was an auspicious start to a glorious day.


We walked the beach taking in the wonder of the cliffs, rocks, tide pools & sandy coves. 




It was so pristine and peaceful on this perfect Thursday morning...


The tide pools were amazing with their underwater sunflowers,


the rock formations... awesome,


and the abundant treasures laid out in the wet sand were fascinating.


 Rocky ottomans dotted the coastline.


I'm continually struck at how God's creations are connected and share similarities. 


A piece of seaweed much like a tree and it's roots.




Rock that mimics tree bark.


A small rock that reminded me of Andre the Giant, the OBEY brand icon that my son covets.


My husband tagged this rock an Oreo cookie while I saw it as a chocolate macaroon.


Doesn't this remind you of the aerial view looking out of an airplane window?


And this rocky formation reminds me of the human spine.


This close-up photo of a tide pool reminds me of aerial imagery of the Earth.


Needless to say, I'm a big fan of "God's Art".


I'm grateful for the time spent here on this day,


just hours before the earthquake in Japan,


and the ensuing Tsunami whose effects were felt all the way to this very coastline.


My prayers are with those who are dealing with the aftermath of Nature's power, and grace.



25 comments:

Carrie said...

oh my gosh. this is amazingle beautiful.
The tragedy that happened in Japan is very heartbreaking. I pray for them all the time!

Carrie
http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

What a beautiful vacation morning...yes...so amazing that all this beauty can be and then hours later nature destroys. I'm sure it was pretty that morning in Japan too.

Kathysue said...

Hi Sweet Terri, these images are breathtaking!!Looking at Gods beautiful ocean through your eyes has been a real treat. We spent Thursday in Carmel and I was awe struck as I always am by his Awesomeness and Grandeur!! What a Great and Mighty God we have!! Love you, Kathysue

Anna White said...

Therese...what amazing images you took..just so beautiful and untouched..fingers crossed mother nature isnt so unhappy now and that these natural disaster that seem to be occurring everyone around the world..will stop for a while..just all so sad. x

sharon said...

Hi Terri
So glad you had a great vacation, and yes this is all terrifying, feels even 'end-of-the-world-ish'. How do our children stay optimistic? I get so worried for their generation.
Sharon
xx

lisaroyhandbags said...

What stunning photos you captured on your trip! It"s incredible how moments of beauty can so quickly be washed away by nature's force. My prayers go out to all who are coping with the aftermath of this tragedy xo

Acquired Objects said...

Beautiful pictures, great fun seeing the beauty of the ocean and beach through someone else's eyes, you did a wonderful job discribing it.

The enchanted home said...

Incredible pictures......love the narration as well as the fabulous shots you took. I too, am completely devastated by what has happened.....we must continue to pray for Gods healing and wish them a speedy recovery during this tragic time.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Loved this post. I do this same thing in nature but some of your images are so spot on, the spine, well all of them really. Did you take that rock home? I so would have. I had a photo from Crystal Cove on my blog a few weeks ago! Not mine though, one of my four lovely women goes a few times a year and stays in one of the cabin places.
I've had to stop watching the images of Japan and just pray for them, it's just too upsetting. The power of it all is a bit overwhelming. Prayers and thoughts of healing to them all.

Lumo said...

Your photos are gorgeous.

The tragedy in Japan is horrible, my heart goes out for the Japanese.

FrenchBlue said...

OMG! How did I miss YOU? Life has kept me out of the loop and I have not been current! This post is amazing!! Crystal Cove has always been my secret little church:) Your images are a bookworthy. I am happy you went and it is one of the most special places on earth~ Did you find any vintage treasures anywhere?
XO

poppies said...

Such beautiful pictures! I've never been to the beaches there but see I will have to put it on the list! Do you have any restaurant or treasure hunting suggestions?

pretty pink tulips said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures! I, too, am a big fan of God's art! So happy you had a wonderful vacation....and hoping this coastline was not too horribly affected.

xoxo

Designs By Pinky said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures! Thank you. I ahve never been to the Pacific ocean. Maybe one day........

Dean Ledger said...

Awesome pics. I'm thinking of allowing individuals to submit photos of Crystal Cove on our website (www.CrystalCove.com). Would you like your photos posted?

Tote said...

You captured such wonderful pictures. It looked like a relaxing vacation. God's art is a treasure.

The pictures of Japan are heartbreaking. I can't even imagine what that would be like to go through as a family.

Susan

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Looks like you had the most wonderful day on the coast. It is difficult to comprehend what the Japanese are going through. I was looking at a website with photos of Sendai before the quake and tsunami and it was so beautiful with forests and gardens and gorgeous buildings and artwork. Now it is all rubble. I cannot fathom.

Angie said...

Beautiful photos!!!

Kathy said...

Lovely.....k

quintessence said...

What fabulous photos of what sounds like a simply marvelous day!!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post. Gods creations are amazing aren't they. I am glad you had a nice vacation at the beautiful beach.

A Casa da Vá said...

What a beautiful post my friend! Not only for the stunning photos you took but for the message...

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I agree with everyone Terri, a beautiful post showing your appreciation for God's beauty and creations and not taking it for granted. I cannot fathom experiencing a 9. earthquake (which today they said now that Japan's was). I've lived through a 6.5 & thought that was horrific. My prayers go out to everyone in Japan. So very ..very heart-wrenching.
Thank you Terri for this meaningful post.
xx oo Deb

cjsullivan133 said...

Beautiful

Beach House Living said...

What a beautiful place.