The Cleansing Grit of Sand

The strength of water and the energy within cannot be tamed. My home facing the sea will always remind me that Man’s walls are no barrier to her natural power. We do our best to construct around her but let’s not forget who’s boss. Every winter my favourite beach becomes my favourite reminder. In summer the sand glistens and is raked to perfection by the softer tides to form a beautiful beach for lazing and bathing, but in winter, rough ocean tides roll in and turns the once smooth sandy beach into a long and dominating fence of sand. She is not here to be tested. She is just here because She is part of existence. Isn’t water environment beautiful?

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So, as you know it is winter on this side of the world. A religious stroll with my dog Mani-Man along the shores of our temple always bring us to our knees. Ocean power is like no other.

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Not too far away, there is a beach that has a hot volcanic spring just below. When the tide goes out you can dig a pool and relax like no other spa can offer. No matter how creative we think we can be, nature casually comes along and presents a better show!

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Photos: Rommy. SGS3.

The cleansing sensation you get from the feeling of sand in between the skin of your toes is so luxurious yet primitive all at the same time. How is it that something so simple can be so satisfying? Sand beneath my feet keeps me grounded because I tend to stray. It is here that I remember to be humble.


Samsung and Shorebreaks

It is because of days like these that Man tries his best to capture fragments of memory. Technology leads the way in this quest. Growing up did you ever think that we can snap moments of our lives and then store them in our most personal tech item? I didn’t. That’s why I love my phone so much. It’s like an extra external brain that manage and keep my intimate memory intact.

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Photos: Rommy. SGS3.


Coro I love you.

This is summer. Not Christmas in the southern hemisphere, but summer. To me it says two things; the precious Pohutukawas and the beautiful beaches.

I love you Coro and you will always be in my heart.

My kit lens  has some horrible vignetting!




But it’s ok I’m in Coro.

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Wouldn’t you love to live amongst trees that look like they came from Rackham’s world?!


And overlooking a welcoming sea that never ceases to surprise. Where one can think with nature and play with the earth.



And some lens flare before we head home to process.

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Photos: Rommy. Nikon.