I love going to the beach on the day after a big storm. I’ve noticed that after strong weather, there are often magical surprises to discover such as shimmery shells, driftwood nuggets, and sand-worn rocks and pebbles. However, what I found on our last trip to the beach really blew me away.
Below are some unexpected masterpieces that I discovered in the sand. I loved them so much that I wanted to carve out each scene and cart it home, but of course I couldn’t, so I took these photos instead. I think that these trees in the sand are nothing short of miraculous…thank you mother nature!
Here’s a look at the first tree that I spotted. The branch details are so incredible.
And look at these little trees, all standing in a row like a forest meeting the edge of a field.
Notice how the trunks and limbs of these trees appear to be so strong – they just kept on growing despite the rock obstacles. Looking at these trees, thoughts of resilience and the human experience occupied my mind. We all know that life can be difficult and that there will always be obstacles. And since it’s impossible to completely avoid these obstacles, we must learn to deal with them. Like these trees in the sand, when things get in our way we need to figure out how to keep going…how to keep growing. We must grow stronger no matter what, reaching determinantly towards the sky with roots planted deeply into the soil.
The image below looks less like a tree and more like a burning flame. This robust flame conjures thoughts of passion and the intense desire to create. I believe that a flame burns inside of each of us and in order for it to keep burning brightly and powerfully, we must allow it some air…to breathe. And at the same time this fire needs fuel. It needs to be stoked and constantly tended to. This is similar to my need to nurture the artist in me. Because if I slack off, the flame will inevitably die down, become weak and less vibrant…less full of life.
To keep the flame burning strong I need to create things, anything, many things…all of the time. What about you, what makes you feel most alive?
This week I’ll be sharing my personal Art Saves story at Crescendoh. While writing this story I had a chance to dig underneath the surface, uncover some roots and for the first time recognized exactly how art helped me get through an especially challenging period earlier in my life.