It must have been late January or early February a few years ago. I was on my way back from a morning walk on the Haul Road, a community walking path that skirts the ocean, when I ran into my good friends, Kate and Lars. We stopped for a moment to catch up, and I must have mentioned seeing a piece of driftwood along the trail that I wished I’d picked up.

A few days later I stopped by their house for a few minutes. Kate excused herself and returned with an oddly shaped gift, wrapped in red tissue paper.  “Happy Valentine’s Day,” she and Lars shouted. I recognized the driftwood before I tore off the wrapping. Lars had found the wood and dragged it back to their car. Kate wrapped it, but I never found out whose idea it had been to make it a gift. I was touched.

The driftwood now lives in my garden by my front door. I see it every time I come and go, and it always brings a smile to my face. When I went to collect my mail a few minutes ago, I noticed it, and it reminded me of a suggestion from an art teacher.

She promoted creating little works of art outside for others to find and enjoy. So on my way back from my mailbox I stopped to fashion a small heart out of rocks from the gravel that covers our dirt road. I laid it in a grassy spot that gets more paw traffic than foot traffic, but I know it’s there, and maybe someone will walk by, see it and smile.


“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” Jacques Yves Cousteau

clouds & sea                                                       Looking North from Ft. Bragg,CA

With the exception of a couple of years in the 80’s I’ve lived all my life within a few miles of the      Pacific Ocean. So it’s not too surprising that when I bought my first digital camera I would begin shooting pictures there. Here are 8:


                                                       Rocks and waves at the shore

Ocean Scene4                                               Early morning walk along the headlands

Ocean Scene5                                                Seagull convention at Virgin Creek

Pt. Cabrillo lighthouse on a gray day.
Pt. Cabrillo lighthouse on a gray day.

Ocean scene 2                                                               An storm approaching

Ocean Scene8                                                        Sunset at the headlands

Copyright Connie Fledderjohann