The last couple of days have been very windy and rainy and the wind direction churned the sea. Even though I live about 5 minutes drive from the ocean, I could hear it pounding against the cliffs when I went outside. Lying it bed I could feel it. It became a subtle but rhythmic thud, almost like a heart beat, vibrating through the land.
Early this morning I went to the sea, both in Flatrock and Torbay, to take some photos. The ocean had calmed a lot since yesterday but was still pretty rough and the power of the waves hitting the land was still very evident.
The beach in Middle Cove was deserted. I was probably the only one foolish enough to be out at that hour in the cold to gaze at the sea. There were a few casualties of the storm: a young seagull who misjudged waves and wind and a small sea star, ripped from its ocean bed and placed on the beach by the surf. Of course the find of a sea star brought only one thing to mind - gyotaku printing! I brought the little Christmas star home and am busily making lots of prints with it. Some are on printing paper, some on tissue, some on cards and some on watercolour paper, ready for washes of colour to be added.
The little sea star will be washed, dried and popped into the freezer for another printing session after Christmas. More images from the prints will be shared over on Watermarks tomorrow.