The space between

The Space Between


Heartbreak happens to all of us and can wash over us like the in rushing tide. We are soaked with grief, and the overflow is channeled into the body. Loss becomes a physical emptiness with  feelings that often cannot be put into words. The idea of healing can seem so enormous that often we don’t even try for fear of further damage. This leaves an enduring mark upon us and by no means does recognizing that this is not permanent dull its sting for it is the sting itself that stimulates healing. The pain is letting us know that we need to pay attention to our emotional selves, to listen to our feelings and be in them fully. There is a saying that time heals all wounds, and this may be true to some degree. Time tends to dull the pain. Most importantly, open yourself to the possibility of loving, trusting, and believing again. When, someday soon, you emerge from the cushion of your grief, you will see that the universe did not cease to be as you nursed your broken heart. You emerge on the other side of the mending, stronger for all you have experienced.

I discovered this fissure in the rock at Sunset Cliff’s in San Diego during a low tide at sunset. It is quite a challenge to get to the beach from the cliffs above, the final descent is down a 30 embankment where a rope has been secured to assist hardy souls getting up and down – a beginners introduction to rappelling of sorts. Having a hefty Manfrotto Tripod and a pack full of photo gear made this even more fun! The waves were quite vigorous this afternoon and this called for a Neutral Density Filter which allowed a 30 second exposure to smooth things out and capture the many tiny waterfalls. I used a Variable ND from Singh-Ray on a 10-20mm lens. Mounting the tripod on a sturdy rock outcrop stabilized the shot with the tide sweeping  around its feet (and mine). There are many such geographical features along the coast of Southern California which emerge during the low tide and will be subject of further exploration in the coming years!

Please have a look to our website for more scenic landscapes and other gems which would look amazing framed and on your wall!

Thanks so much for the visit!

7 responses

  1. Very cool image Erik, The ribbon of colour above the horizon holding the sea and sky together, the silky smooth water on the rocks, love it

    January 15, 2013 at 12:55 am

  2. M

    Loss is a human factor which effects all, yet to know ourselves is to truly find that we can learn from it, if we wish to. Nothing is permanent in this world, yet to be lived, to learn from and to grow from.
    A moment in time is felt and who is to say how long loss is felt.
    May each day bring forth awareness, of what lies within, to be compassionate, to be willing to let go, and know that life is what we choose to make it each day!

    January 15, 2013 at 7:53 am

  3. How utterly profound and poignant. We’ve been through quite a bit ourselves up here the last few years and I found your post today really resonated with us. Absolutely wonderful.

    January 17, 2013 at 9:05 am

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  5. I know exactly the place! Very cool. Love the shot man.

    January 30, 2013 at 7:27 am

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