Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sunset Cliffs


Last weekend, I spent a beautiful few days in San Diego with friends.

I lived there from nineteen until I was twenty-three. For such a short time I have so many amazing memories. My friend Kristen (who I have written about and known more than 30 years!) and I saw these amazing clouds in the distance and knew we had to drive over to Sunset Cliffs to take in the sunset.

We did our best to stay bundled up and not slip on the rain soaked mud and sand of the cliffs. There is something about sunsets that make us patient, I think. We become more in the moment ... watching the beauty unfold ... letting life unfold.

This is from the little book Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie that I love and have quoted so often ...


Do more than trust the process
the journey you are on

Become so awestruck by it that you respect it too


Respect your feelings and the timely manner
in which they surface, heal and lead you into new discoveries

Respect your experiences, the places you've been
the scenarios you've been through

Respect the way you've gained gold and jewels
the treasures of the soul, from each one ...


Respect the darker moments,
the more difficult times when you're uncertain
and don't know what to do next

Respect the timing as your life and the journey unfolds


Don't murmur about why such and such has to be the way it is

Don't limit how your growth can happen ...


Learn to respect the path of others.

Learn to respect your own.




Have a beautiful week my friends!

10 comments:

Turid said...

Absolutely amazing. What incredible photographs. Clouds really are one of my favorite things above the planet - so majestic, soothing, gentle and dramatic at the same time. Beautiful!

Joyce said...

Oh my girdle these photos are so beautiful and to be posted right before thanksgiving. Have a blessful and Happy Thanksgiving my friend. xo

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Powerful clouds...powerful words. I would have driven towards these clouds as well. The last photo? Stunning!

Tammie Lee said...

a colbalt violet sunset ~
these are some of the more gorgeous sunset photos I have seen, so so lovely! And these words are quite inspiring. Thank you.

A Brush with Color said...

Stunning! Thanks for sharing--and the quotations are beautiful. Perfect accompaniments to the wonderful photos.

Kiki aka Victoria said...

HI Lu..gorgeous post.. in every scene in every word! i love MB too..her writings are marvelous. Your photos..wow.. they are mega-gorgeous..awe-inspiring skies!
Beautiful post! Shine on!
Kiki~

Celeste Bergin said...

zounds! those are beauuutiful photos

KathyA said...

I believe you are right about sunsets teaching us patience. And yet, the quickness with which the sun actually sets always surprises me.

Where in SD did you take these? Torrey Pines, perhaps?

Cobalt Violet said...

Thank you all for the sweet comments!

Kathy, they are at "Sunset Cliff's" which is just adjacent to Ocean Beach. In fact we were coming out of the Rite Aid in Ocean Beach when we saw the clouds and only had to drive about 4 minutes to get to this spot!

Stoneweaver said...

Beautiful - I needed to read that today. :o)