Comes June and my digital darkroom heads to the beach.  It isn’t easy, especially at my age (about 34 but, yeah, that’s just from the brain up).  It’s not like getting ready for a shore weekend; it’s packing for two to three months.  There are a couple of soft-goods trips but on the BIG day, the day of the groceries and frig contents, of 32 house plants, of  three printers and the spare inks and 15 varieties/sizes of print paper and the monitor and the tower and the Bose speakers and the wireless keyboard and mouse and the backup drives and all those cables and tiny power supplies (now which one goes where?) and the laptop, and………………

The BIG day is when my daughter, Sigrid, shows up with her GMC and loads up alllllllll that stuff and a couple suitcases, too.   And after she’s loaded the Jimmy she pulls out the two meat loafs she made for me and has time to fluff up the pillows in the town house before we leave.  Then she hauls all my stuff down Route 72 to the island and up to my suite.  Sweet.

Then, I have to find that button that causes everything to put itself away.  Right.

But I digress.  For such a major grunt, why do it?  In part so that I can see and capture the beauty and drama of scenes like the opening image.  It is soul-cleansing.

As my artist friend, Marilyn Flagler, once said “Living near the ocean means continual washing off of the sometimes grimy dust of living.”



But they’re not all dramatic mornings, are they?  While I was preparing this post there was a foggy morning. My friend, Fog,  always creates a mood of mystery and this morning was on script.

All sound is softened.  It’s still … and moody.  Yes, follow this marker and the posts to …. to where?


The stillness of sound and light, however, can also reveal other scenes as in this still life.


On the beach there’s a parade of marching dune grass, added to help stabilize the new, giant dunes.


Back at my house the fog had left droplets on my Rambler Roses.  The roses and I both liked that.


As the day moved on the fog lifted to the point where I began to think about a sunset image.  In the event, however, the clouds proved more interesting than the sunset.


“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.”
–Richard Bach, Johnathan Livingston Seagull



All but one of these captures were made in the past few days.  I’ve posted , however, on the 21st, the day on which summer began at 12:24 AM.  Glad to see it.

But, there’s always a slight concern for me. It means that the days will now start being a little shorter; a second or so today, three tomorrow…..

Does that mean I have to pack up and go back home already?



14 Responses to “BACK TO SUMMER”

  1. Connie Madara Says:

    Lovely and most poetic. You made my morning, thanks.

  2. MikeP Says:

    Hey… besides being a very inviting read, your pics are spot on!!!!

    • Ralph Berglund Says:

      Thanks, Mike. Your assessment is important to me. Miss not seeing you once in a while; my own fault for not coming to club. Summer vacation coming up for you. Exciting travels, I hope. As Bob Krist so well said, “If you want to take more interesting pictures, go to more interesting places.”

  3. Rich Lewis Says:

    Thanks for sharing your annual pilgrimage to the shore. I’m glad these are recent photos. Your packing list didn’t include your camera so it is good that you took it with you. As always, you provide a good read along with great photography worth lingering on. I alway know there is a nice treat when bergiesplace shows up in my inbox. Looking forward to more this summer.

  4. Ralph Berglund Says:

    LOL. No wonder I had trouble taking pictures. Thanks, Rich, Miss seeing you as well.

  5. elizabeth jackson Says:

    You have a wonderful captivating way of writing. GREAT images to match. Yeah summer

  6. Norman Sumner Says:

    Enchanting pictures, delightful prose. Have a great summer.

  7. Joe perno Says:

    Ralph, I always enjoy your posts but I really liked this one. As long as you can have someone to help you with the annual migration to the Island I say keep it up. You have what so many of us yearn for, a place at the Shore and I know you appreciate that. Great work as always my friend.

  8. denisebushphoto Says:

    Your first image is one to print and frame for sure … love it! As soon as I saw the seagull image (and before reading the caption) I thought of Jonathan Livingston. I am glad to see he is alive and well although perhaps one of his descendants. I think that is one book I kept in the move … I will need to revisit it.

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