Beachcombing Zen

zen beach

beachcombingA beach and kids would not seem to equal beachcombing Zen. But it did. It did indeed. Two buckets and a beachcomber’s guide were all we brought.

Winter’s dusk headed our way as my children searched the shore of the bay. chair table beachdog beachbeachcombing guideshells water beachbeach green bucket

And soon listened to the whispers of the sea.
listening sea chenneled whelk

beachcombing zen kids

And found the washed up remnants of life underwater. scallop shelldead fish beachIncluding locks from Medusa and a mermaid lost at sea. underwater plant beachseaweed beachcombing guideseaweed
And then I noticed the colours around me. blue stairssea plant barnaclesAnd that the water was eerily still.

theo zen still water beach

Zen like still water


Not a ripple or a wave. Everything was so quiet. A perfect setting for some beachcombing the Zen way.

rocks beach zen garden

Including a Zen garden made by the sea.

Then darkness suddenly fell without me noticing. My children ran to the playground at the end of the beach instead of following me up the path to our car.

I stood still and looked at the skyline. I breathed slowly in and out.

One, two, three times I gently beckoned them to depart. But they were in their own Zen-like upside down phase. Upside down monkey bars night

So I pierced the night air and shattered the beachcombing Zen with my echoing screams, “Now. Car. Home!”


13 thoughts on “Beachcombing Zen”

  1. I love beachcombing! I love your beach! As always, your photos are beautiful too. Like I said before, so lucky to live near a beach like that. #CountryKids.

  2. Oh, it’s just beautiful Kriss. I love the beach on days like this. We haven’t been for awhile, but I think it’s time to make a trip 🙂 I love the shades of blue, grey and sand – such a calming set of photos – very zen like 🙂

    1. I bought a guide from the local Nature Museum bookshop and it was published by the Audubon Society. In UK i think the NHBS might have various guides available.

  3. As always… such a pleasure to visit. I love the pictures, and I honestly felt zen reading and looking at all the lovely photos. Thanks for sharing via Mommy Monday!

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