I am a fan of contrast: of rough against smooth, of blur against sharp, of dark against light. When I saw that this week’s Daily Post photo challenge is to share a shot that captures a contrast, I knew I would want to participate, and I knew I would want to share photos from our trip to my childhood home in Georgia.
When I started looking through my photographs from the marshes, though, I realized the contrasts I was trying to tease out in the photos I selected – land against sea, wet against dry – were forced. Those things are not the true contrast I feel here. The contrast I feel here on the marshes is the wide expanse of flatness that is so different from our mountain home.
In our Appalachian home water is surrounded by land, is fresh, and falls from the sky. In my Georgia home land is surrounded by water, the water is salty, and it rises from the sea.
In our Appalachian home the horizon undulates. The sky shrinks and expands as you move through the mountains. On the coast of Georgia the horizon is flat and the sky is one size: big.
As a person who seeks out a strong sense of place, I thrive on the contrasts between my two homes: the one where we are raising our kids, and the one I was raised in. I am grateful that by growing up in the mountains of Virginia and visiting their grandparents on the coast of Georgia, our children will have the chance to experience both.
9 thoughts on “On the marsh”
We moved around so much I lived all over the world. Every place is so different and there is always something to appreciate. Beautifully captured.
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Oh, Andrea, you did it again. I identify with your sense of place too. When we visited your childhood home spaces – two years before meeting you—I was captivated by the marshes, the expanse. I wouldn’t trade it for here, but i’m glad I was there! 😉
Yes, it is lovely in a completely different way from the mountains. I didn’t know you had been here.
Andrea, this is beautiful. Your marsh pictures capture the beauty of the marsh so well. Many people capture a photo of the sunset at that tree but yours is the best I’ve ever seen.
Love that last pic with the moss. Great shot!
Thank you – I’m so glad you enjoyed it.
Sure makes me homesick !
We passed your house several times this trip, Tim. Those were good times back in the good ol’ days 🙂
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