Now, those who are sensitive to the drag on ones mood that a long dark winter can effect, know that heading south for sunnier weather is a great idea. Many of our our off-season guests travel from up North, just to get an early dose of "light and airy" at Sunset Beach Bliss. The special quality of the light during winter on the beach seems to draw out the subtler colours and textures that we may not always notice during our Summer visits, when we don sunglasses and close our eyes while baking on the sand. In winter, the light is softer, with a gentle grey cast. And so the "shyer" pastels that stripe an otherwise unremarkable clamshell, or the sparkel of mother-of-pearl in a humble fragment of oyster, catch your eye more readily.
|The subtler colors step forward |
in the sunshine of a winter beach.
|An ordinary fragment of snail shell leaps out like a flame|
against the grey sands.
|The normally-ignored indigos are more noticeable now.|
|A grey lump contains a pearly shimmer|
when the light hits it just so.
When you are able to enjoy the sweet solitude of a Winter beach, take your time. Open your eyes and notice the tiny fragments of beauty just by your feet. Then raise your eyes and take in the vastness that surrounds you, the impossibly glamorous sparkle of the winter sunlight as it breaks through the low lumbering clouds (reminded to "move along" by the ever-present breeze) and strikes the surface of a wind-ruffled sea.
Goodbye, winter blues!!