DEAR OCEAN: A Tribute to the Sea

Summertime in my hometown has always been something special. There’s a palpable magic in the air, lingering in the golden sunsets and warm sea and gentle breezes.

Wandered down to my favorite beach the other evening, Canon and notebook in hand, and captured some of the magic.

Dear Ocean,

I just wanted to take a moment to say, thank you. You’ve been in my life for as long as I can remember. Thank you for giving me endless tide pools and kelp beds to explore, and teaching me that even the smallest creatures are important.

Thank you for giving me waves to ride. For carrying my surfboard across the faces of your waves, lifting me up, even when I was down. Thank you for giving me a community, and some of my very best friends and role models. For showing me the true meaning of “aloha”. Thank you for teaching me how to win- and more importantly, how to lose.

Most of all, thank you reminding me to look deeper, to paddle harder, and to appreciate the beauty in life.

Your friend,



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