Tides of Change

There are times when our whole world seems to be falling apart around us, and we are not sure what to hold onto anymore. Sometimes our relationships crumble and sometimes it’s our physical environment. At other times, we can’t put our finger on it, but we feel as if all the walls have fallen down around us and we are standing with nothing to lean on, exposed and vulnerable. These are the times in our lives when we are given an opportunity to see where we have established our sense of identity, safety, and well-being. And while it is perfectly natural and part of our process to locate our sense of self in externals, any time those external factors shift, we have an opportunity to rediscover and move closer to our core, which is the only truly safe place to call home. The core of our being is not affected by the shifting winds of circumstance or subject to the cycles of change that govern physical reality. We can cling to this core when things around us are falling apart, knowing that an inexhaustible light shines from within ourselves. Times of external darkness can be a great gift in that they provide an opportunity to remember this inner light that shines regardless of the circumstances of our lives.

This was shot at the east coast of The Salton Sea on the shores of Bombay Beach. Several decades ago, this area was a thriving Mecca for Hollywood‘s “Rich and Famous” and a very popular Resort Town for people who enjoy water skiing, sport fishing and otherwise soaking in the desert sun. Over the years, popularity has faded and the area has fallen into a state of decay. For a Photographer, this presents many wonderfully dramatic opportunities with old building, piers, machines, cars and the like. The best time to visit this area is in the winter when the temperatures are not quite as scorching and there is the possibility of storm clouds and spectacular sunsets. Using long exposure times on shots like this will smooth out the surface of the water to great effect. Certainly this is a go-to place for the curious and the intrepid Photographer.

10 responses

  1. Stunning image Erik!

    July 3, 2012 at 7:45 am

  2. great image, kept my eyes bouncing all over the screen

    July 3, 2012 at 7:51 am

  3. Wonderful image!

    No photos from Yellowstone? I’d like to visit this national parc…

    And in two weeks, home sweet home, beautiful Stockholm to visit my family… Maybe some photos from Sweden then…

    July 3, 2012 at 11:31 am

    • Thanks – have never been to Yellowstone – would like to go just before first snow. Have fun in Sweden!

      July 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  4. I love this Erik. Just stunning.

    July 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm

  5. sayvan

    great shot… I love the sky…

    July 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm

  6. Emmee

    Haunting….even a bit frightening…the affect we can have on our environment. Beautiful image….ang poignant words. Thank you for sharing.

    July 4, 2012 at 8:45 am

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