From sea to shining sea …
Teaching my son to swim at the Silverthorne Rec Center here in landlocked Colorado paid off when we visited Jamaica, where he swam with confidence in the surf at the edge of the sea.
SUMMIT COUNTY — I live in a place that’s about as landlocked as you can get, at least 1,000 miles from an ocean in any direction, yet I’m drawn to the seaside and visit every chance I get. There’s something incredibly meditative about sitting on a beach and watching waves roll in and crash ashore, and hardly anything is as invigorating as an ocean swim. I’m pretty sure that if I didn’t live in the mountains close to good skiing, I’d live by an ocean, but in the meantime, I can always visit and revisit some of my favorite spots vicariously, through the many photos I’ve taken. And in honor of World Oceans Day and National Oceans Week here in the U.S. the #FriFotos twitter chat this week is all about oceans — here’s my take.
The Southern Ocean is interesting because it’s not bounded by geographical boundaries defined by land masses, but by latitude (everything south of 60 degrees) and by a cold circumpolar current that, despite absence of a defining land mass, differentiates the water as sharply, or perhaps even more sharply, than any peninsula or isthmus.
While most of us only visit the ocean for a short time, there is a whole class of pelagic birds who spend most of their life at sea, sometimes ranging for thousands of miles of open water, like this petrel in the Southern Ocean between Patagonia and Antarctica.
A fin whale breaches in the Southern Ocean, the Drake Passage, specifically.
Soaring over the Southern Ocean.
A killer whale surfaces in the Southern Ocean.
Just the gentlest touch of a wingtip on ocean wave.
Click this one a couple of times to see it large.
The Southern Ocean at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.
The North Atlantic, near Texel, Holland.
What’s an ocean without a beach, right? Here, the North Atlantic meets the world heritage dunes of Texel.
Civilzations grow along ocean shores. Piran, Slovenia.
At home in the ocean.
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