WPC: Solitude

Stillness openness wildness just me
standing in one place taking in
the wind my feet digging in to the wet sands
and grounding me again to being one
step in front of the other exploring on my own
seeing in what ever direction I want chasing
birds hearing my own voice for the first time
in a while seeing far feeling near wondering
how did I get here
noticing the horizon finding something to climb
up opening my senses waking up to the connection
between my body my heart my mind knowing
I am not alone at anytime

** This post is part of the Weekly Photo Challenge, which I just read will now start on Wednesdays next week. This weeks theme is, Solitude. I have found an incredible respect for my moments of solitude, I seek it out, I uncover it even when I am not actually alone, I marvel in its depths and wisdom and I embrace the stillness. You can find more posts on this topic HERE.

I took this photo, my family just behind me playing in the driftwood and cliffs and I was marveling at the wild beautiful open, all to ourselves beach we stumbled on at Cape Blanco State Park on the Oregon Coast over New Years.

Many people equate solitude with loneliness, but I find it comforting and restorative. Because of social media’s ubiquity, we are constantly connected to others. Even when we are physically alone, we are very rarely truly solitary. Unplugging is good, and introspection is important, but most of us don’t get enough opportunity to do either. –words of wisdom from WPC contributor Jen H.


  1. This is an amazing photograph, Carrie, made more so by the poem of thoughtful phrases like “seeing far feeling near.” Then, you and Jen H wonderfully expressed my need for solitude in a world that doesn’t always understand. I’m so glad I visited your blog today.

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