Just as the wave cannot exist for itself,
but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean,
so must I never live my life for itself,
but always in the experience which is going on around me.
~ Albert Schweitzer
In my last post, I mentioned the pleasure of just enjoying Acadia National Park, of sitting on the warm rocks and being in the moment.
One thing that really encouraged this was the sound of the ocean surf. It was very loud and drowned out everything else, from other people talking and laughing to my own thoughts banging around in my head. Listening to the ocean is timeless and many have written about it. I doubt much has changed in Acadia in the last 50 years – the trees are undoubtedly bigger and there’s probably more facilities for tourists to use. But the rocks, the ocean, the mountains – they’ve been there for a long, long time and will continue to be there for years into the future.
It wasn’t hard relaxing, closing my eyes, and just listening to the surf hit the rocks over and over again. There was a rhythm to it – several soft waves, the water barely lapping the rocks. Then a strong wave would come in, making a bigger sound against the rocks. This might happen once or twice, then the water drew back and sent a hard wave, the water spraying all up and over. Sometimes it ran along the edges of the rocks, curling and twisting up and back down again. Then the wave would soften, and the cycle would start again.
I put together several videos to share of the waves and the noise as they came to share. It’s pretty loud and you might have to turn down the volume on your computer. The first clip has a photographer in the far right corner – oh look! my favorite boy toy! The second clip is the same Sand Beach, but a close up of the water only. The noise is even louder on this. The third is from the rocks that are along the Oceanview Trail, between Sand Beach and Otter Point. It’s not as loud – the wind wasn’t as strong that day.
The three great elemental sounds in nature are
the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood,
and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.
~ Henry Beston
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Oh how very beautiful and serene!!
Thanks Cee! I’m sorry now that I didn’t tape it longer. Colleen (over at The Chatter Blog) once told me she would have loved if it was another 10 minutes. I would have too, but I didn’t think at the time that I’d enjoy it so much later.
That sound is ever soothing. Chatter Master directed me here as she said that one of my recent posts reminded her of this one. I feel better for having watched/listened to your recording a couple of times. Thank you for that.
Thank you for the wonderful compliment. I looked at your blog and wasn’t sure what post Colleen was referring to. When you have a chance, leave me a link.
Beautiful place! Beautiful photographs! How I love the sounds of wind and surf.
Thanks Dor! I’m glad I posted the video – it seems all of you really liked it.
I agree with the last quote whole-heartedly. I’m glad you enjoyed this trip so much.
Thanks Patti! Yeah, re-entry to work this week was tough. So much more fun to sit by the ocean.
This is the next best thing to being there. Wonderful videos and good sound to keep in the background while I’m writing! Thanks for sharing this with all of us. Also a nice memory for you when you need to relax after a hard day’s work.
Thanks Darlene! That’s the ultimate compliment.
I SO ENJOYED VIEWING THE OCEAN AND LISTENING TO THE WAVES……LOVE IT. NOTHING BEATS THAT FOR RELAXATION……THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR INCLUDING THE SOUND………..LOVE, MOM
I’m glad you enjoyed it!
Ahhhhhh. What a wonderful way to start the week. Can’t thank you enough!
(someday I will get to Maine…the Gulf Coast here is shallow and sandy – not the same sounds at all)
Thank you. The “ahhhhh” was exactly what I was hoping for. I wanted everyone else to enjoy it too, even if only for a few minutes.
still in ahhhhh….bookmarked it for later enjoyment…it’s just so nice. Thanks
Nothing in the world like sitting on the rocky coast of Maine, listening to the ocean. Beautiful!
Thanks Judith – I thought you’d enjoy it. I saw your other note (I haven’t gotten to those yet) about this being your old stomping grounds.
I love Mt. Desert Island — simple and powerful. I hope you continue to enjoy your trip!
Primal…. I can’t ever get enough of ocean sounds….
I totally agree. It really is primal, which I think is why my brain just put itself into park.
Nothing relaxes me more than the sound of the ocean. :) We didn’t get to Mount Desert Island when visiting Acadia National Park last year. Your image is beautiful.
You know Acadia is on Mount Desert Island? Or did you mean that you didn’t get a chance to tour the rest of the island? And thanks for the compliment!
I did know that, Nancy. I don’t know what I was thinking. This cold has my brain as stuffed up as the rest of my head. ;)
No problem. It is like I’ve NEVER done anything like that. . . ya’ know, like to you!
I don’t have an ocean handy to go sit next to, so I thoroughly enjoyed this. Thank you! :)
Thank you! That’s what I was trying for was for everyone to enjoy it for a few minutes.