Perhaps you found your way here with the hope of finding a delicious image of an ice cream sunday or a chocolate milkshake with a cherry on top. I hate to say it, but the title was a bit misleading 🙂 My apologies, but I hope you stick around anyway.
The photo challenge this week on The Daily Post was Cherry on Top and we needed to share an image that we thought captured the idea of a detail that makes a good thing even better. So, I chose the above photo as I truly feel this image contains several good aspects.
First of all, I should explain that any photo taken near the ocean will capture my heart immediately. I live quite a ways from an ocean, but when we do visit – I am always taking pictures. For some reason, looking at them later just soothes my heart. I can hear the water rush up on the shore, I can hear the seagulls flapping their wings overhead, and I can smell the fresh salty air.
The photo gets better because it is also captured at sunset. There are such an array of beautiful colors that light up across the sky at sunset – and I have been witness to quite a few spectacular ones over the ocean. It is amazing not only to see the sun sink down into the horizon – which seems to stretch off endlessly in the distance, but it is also amazing to see the glow that lights up on the water, the beach and the amazing colorful displays that tinge the clouds (if there are any).
In the distance, you can make out the silhouette of a boat coming in to dock. After a long day at sea, they have returned home – and took the opportunity to grace my photograph with even more beauty. I don’t exactly know why, but I love watching the boats pass – especially at sunset.
The last detail – and for me, the cherry on top, is the two people who wandered into the photo and yes, I actually remember them even though it has been a year since this photo was taken. It was a mother and daughter walking across the water’s edge, picking up shells. They stepped into my photo quickly and then continued on along the beach, but I still remember the moment I captured the photo. I remembered how lovely the moment was. I remember watching them pick up shells along the shore as my family had just done moments earlier. It was a very peaceful scene and yes, I take these photos for that very reason: to remember all of them.