Today when I got to Lake Ferry the tide was quite high, I was expecting a nearly low tide. Maybe I had misread the tide chart in the paper and there was quite a strong southerly wind blowing. It was ruffling the surface of Lake Oneke.
As I walked closer to the beach I could hear the surf, it seemed much louder than I remembered from any other visit.
Not quite there.
/t the sea the colours took my breath away. The sand was black and the sea a milky turquoise. The horizon was marked by a line of dark purple sea and above there were formless grey/purple clouds.
The sea was quite turbulent and there were large pieces of black fronded seaweed floating and moving with the surges of the sea.
I had intended to draw today and not take photographs but I was overwhelmed by the colour and the rapid movement of the weather. My drawings are continuous line drawings because I thought I could transfer them into free motion stitch.
I did notice a small green ground cover in among the stones with leaves shaped like hearts and with a surface like shiny leather. And then I drew the small stones that make up a part of the sand and the marram grass further back up the beach. Just looking and thinking - don't the stones look like the leaves of the plant?
As I sat and watched and heard the sea buffeting at my ears I saw the sky change and become a heavier purple/grey and the sea a greyer duller green. This process did not take a long time, maybe ten or fifteen minutes.
And here are today's treasures.
A huge beetle, it was dead when I found it, pink seaweed, a whole walnut shell, stones and a wonderful collection of red beads etc. What do you think that might be?
"I paint flowers so they do not die." Frida Kahlo