Shaded or straight at an angle
or curved in the sand
or on paper
once it is drawn
it is always
to cross or to bear
a moment where you
find out what you are
really worth

**Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole is HERE. She is hosting it on her new blog, check it out!


  1. Hi Carrie
    I know what this photo is…..yet you have once again managed to capture many images within an image. In the bottom half of this photo, the breaking wave in the shallows has such a defined edge it feels like if you step over this edge you will fall into a river below with trees in the shadows. The Monochrome certainly gives a photo richness and textures of all sorts, are there some people back there in the shadows?? I live just over the road from the beach, I will have to see how my photos look in Monochrome.
    I think it wise to leave the photography to you Carrie, you certainly do it justice.
    Cheers from
    Annie in Australia 🌞 🌴 🌊

    1. Hi Annie 🙂 Nice to hear from you. Thank you for the kind thoughts about my photographs. I love beach images in monochrome. You should most definitely see how yours look! Yes there were a few others enjoying the beach, like us but not many. Such a beautiful place to admire and replenish! Monochrome Madness is a wonderful challenge each week, I have learned so much from it. Join in, it is a wonderful group of bloggers.

  2. Do your photographs always inspire your words? Or do you sometimes have words come to you even as you are contemplating a possible photograph?

    1. It used to be that I would have words follow me, swirling like the wind. They would get louder until I wrote them down. I would find that the image would follow, days sometimes weeks or even months later. But, lately (especially since moving to Humboldt County), it is the other way around. There are too many beautiful scenes and things catching my eye to photograph.
      I get them on the computer and start playing with their tones until their feelings emerge and the words flow. Many times I know I want to share a photograph, like the one I will share tomorrow, and I wait until the morning to let all the words pile up in my head so I can freely write and hit post without fretting over if it says it “right”.
      It almost feels like I am not doing the words justice by not giving them time to mold and refine. But, it is the beauty of blogging, I feel. A more raw take on things takes some of the pressure off, at least for me.
      I saw the white foamy curved line flow up and down a couple times and knew this image would fit my black and white need. I instantly thought of a line in the sand and knew I could easily play with that for the poem. Thanks for asking and being so curious, Janet.

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