Is the importance that I’ve created a moment and walked away from it or that I have planted a seed, a resource, to come back to?
Does it need to be ‘important’? Not really, I think the fact that the moment existed is the point.
So, one recent visit to the beach – give me a sunny day and I can’t keep away – I decided to stop and sit for a while. Not because I was tired, but it’s something I now do. The colours on the beach, or the pebbles, the sand, the sheer variation is an easy inspiration. This is maybe why I stop, to take it all in, to focus. There is a kind of ‘pebble blindness’ that occurs when walking and looking down for that special stone. It’s better to sit, move the pebbles with my fingers, listen to the sound they make, the background wash of the sea to shore.
Love-heart stones are are abundant, I kind of need to pick each up each one. Each one I see, makes me think of someone, that someone is sending me love and that I shouldn’t ignore it or walk by. Have I an attachment to the stone or to what I feel it represents at that moment (or whom) or is it a connection to the landscape? I’d like to think it’s both, both are eloquently speaking to me, reaching out, saying ‘I’m here, I’m thinking of you too’.
So, returning to my original question, is my arranging pebbles, collecting love-heart stones and savouring the image with a photo, the point? To create, at that moment, to stop, to pause, to focus and engage with the landscape and then to walk away from it. I feel by creating the moment, by letting something ‘good’ in, some ‘peace’, I am planting a seed. Creating a resource that I can return to. On good days, bad days, inbetween days when I just arrive at the beach and feel it.