Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Six Degrees

During one of my walks in the morning on my vacation I met a Mennonite family. The sun was shining on the water making all the shades of blues stand out and there was this family splashing around. Anyone watching them couldn't help but notice how excited they were. One of the women asked me if the tide was in because they wanted to make a sandcastle for the children. Our conversation took off from there and I asked if I could take some pictures. I found out that they were visiting from Pennsylvania, attending a convention in Waterford California, and it was the first time they had seen the ocean. I couldn't believe that they had just come only miles from where I live! We started talking about some people we might have known in common and we found we did indeed have some connections. They were thrilled that I was taking their pictures and capturing this memory in the making. We exchanged addresses and I will be sending them their photos. These are some of my favorites.

Can you imagine seeing the ocean for the first time? How enormous the ocean might seem? Tasting the salt on your lips from the air? Feeling the waves come and go under your feet? I couldn't help but feel privileged being able to take their pictures.


  1. These were such beautiful moments with photos and story of this family. YOu've proven, once again that it is a small world after all.

  2. Amazing photos! You can sense the joy and wonder. Found you through Wanda :)

  3. I have chills of awe with the privilege of sharing this most divine moment in your lives.

    You do have a keen eye for natural beauty.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. very beautiful and inspirational photos you are such a talent and you should be a professional photographer!!

    Love you baby girl

  5. Oh Angela ~~~ I wish there were 104 comments because more people need to see these breathtaking moments... My heart was racing with the beauty and simplicity of it all....I so sure God was smiling down on that family.
    What a rare treat He let you capture...That's cause you are one of his favorites.

    Love you forever,
    Wanda Mom

  6. these are so beautiful, so very beautiful ... i remember the first time i saw the ocean, i was 31 and it was winter and i didn't care as i threw off my boots and ran in :-)