“I think there is nothing so admirable as sunsets,” she (Madame Bovary) resumed; “but especially by the side of the sea.” “Oh, I adore the sea!” said Monsieur Leon. “And then, does it not seem to you,” continued Madame Bovary, “that the mind travels more freely on this limitless expanse, the contemplation of which elevates the soul, gives ideas of the infinite, the ideal?”~ Gustave Flaubert. Madame Bovary
I was re-reading the wonderful classic Madame Bovary at the same time that we re-visited Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts this past week. How convenient that Ann-Christine has given us the “You Pick It” theme so I can highlight both of them!
As many of you may already know, I’ve been lured this year by the New England beaches, which have been oases of serenity during the pandemic. Crane’s Beach was one of our favorites when we lived in Massachusetts decades ago, but we wondered if it had changed. In fact, it turned out to be better than we remembered.
Long boardwalks connect the parking lot to the beach to preserve the nesting areas for the piping plover, an endangered bird. When we reached the top of the dunes, we were astounded at the beauty of the shoreline. The beach averages 350,000 visitors a year. Without the summer crowds, we could appreciate how expansive it is–with more than 1,200 acres of beachfront, dunes, and maritime forest.
She asked herself as she walked along, “What am I going to say? How shall I begin?” And as she went on she recognised the thickets, the trees, the sea-rushes on the hill, the chateau yonder. All the sensations of her first tenderness came back to her, and her poor aching heart opened out amorously. A warm wind blew in her face; the melting snow fell drop by drop from the buds to the grass.~ Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Despite the cool temperatures in the high 40’s (degrees F), people were enjoying the sunshine. This couple, bundled up in their coats, optimistically “sunbathed” for a while. In the distance you can see the Crane Estate, a 59-room mansion built in 1928.
“The weather was fine. It was one of those March days, clear and sharp, when the sun shines in a perfectly white sky.”Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Some people were walking their dogs and jogging like this beautiful woman whose russet hair color matched her dog’s! (By the way, does anyone know what breed the dog is? A standard poodle, maybe?)
“All sorts of joyous sounds filled the air; the jolting of a cart rolling afar off in the ruts, the crowing of a cock, repeated again and again, or the gambling of a foal running away under the apple-trees: The pure sky was fretted with rosy clouds…” Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
A few equestrians decided to join us. This friendly pair of women paused to chat with us before they continued their trot along the shoreline.
“Besides, the fine days will soon be here again.”~ Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
This last image gives you a sense of how large the beach is. Here are the same riders at the far end of the beach.
Crane Beach was a breath of fresh air that was invigorating and relaxing. This is such a spectacular spot that we’re already thinking about our next visit in a few weeks as the weather warms up.
I’m looking forward to your “picks” this week! We hope you join the fun. In your post, include a link to Ann-Christine’s beautiful post and include the Lens-Artists tag so we can find your post in the Reader.
Last week, your “geometry” posts were an absolute delight. I loved the variety of your geometric “finds” in architecture, in nature, in your household objects, in petroglyphs…to name a few. They were a real treat and opened my eyes to the impact of geometry in our everyday world.
Next week, Amy will be leading us for LAPC #143, so be sure to visit her site next Saturday at noon. In the meantime, have a wonderful creative week and please stay safe.