Shades of Sea and Sky

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I grew up in the North Pacific, slowly accepted the Atlantic as a second home, once sailed in the Gulf of Alaska, and spent one cold semester gazing out at the North Sea. Now I’ve discovered the oceanic love of my life: the Ligurian Sea, a gorgeously-hued part of the Mediterranean that gently troubles the shores of the Cinque Terre.

After a few months in the colorless, wintry haze of the East Coast, I basked in the colors of the Mediterranean as much as its warming sunshine. As a wannabe-mermaid and nature photographer, I wanted to take these blues and greens home with me like a piece of beach glass, hoarding them with all the other gems of seas and sunsets I’ve ever seen.

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Of the five villages in the Cinque Terre, only my favorite–Monterosso al Mare–has a sizable “beach” that visitors frequent, and I suspect it would be much less enjoyable dotted with umbrellas in the summer. Still, during the last days of April, its shores remained fairly deserted, while most early-bird holidayers enjoyed wine and gelato from a safe distance.

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As lovely as the waters were, I wasn’t tempted to swim in them: thanks to this great purple tide! For whatever reason, a large swath of jellyfish had recently washed up on shore (perhaps due to a seasonal migration?), making the marbled currents beautiful and potentially dangerous.

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The sky soon turned lavender and pale turquoise to match the water as the sun went down…

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..but not before a final flash of light complemented the pinks and oranges of Cinque Terre architecture!

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I wish it were so easy to cork up a sunset like a message in a bottle and lend it to a lonely friend mid-monochrome winter! I suppose I’ll have to stick with sharing photos and memories instead.

3 thoughts on “Shades of Sea and Sky

  1. Making me jealous with these pictures. Someday I’ll get off this island! As much as I love the green, I could do with a few less grey days. Wouldn’t mind packing up and heading to bluer waters!

    • You and me both! Being back in landlocked Massachusetts now makes me extra jealous of the time I spent in Cinque Terre: wish I could go back!

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