Serenity and Beauty

The Marshes of Amelia

We have returned to the Marshes of Amelia, a most-favored spot in our world that never disappoints the photographer with beautiful waterscape, color, light and sunset. Every visit offers new opportunity, adventures, and secret places that have amazed its visitors from artists, poets, authors and photographers.   They truly encompass serenity and beauty as Lanier has described.

Serenity and Beauty

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“The world lies east: how ample, the marsh and the sea and the sky!
A league and a league of marsh-grass, waist-high, broad in the blade,
 Green, and all of a height, and unflecked with a light or a shade,
Stretch leisurely off, in a pleasant plain,
To the terminal blue of the main…
And the sea lends large, as the marsh: lo, out of his plenty the sea
 Pours fast: full soon the time of the flood tide must be:
Look how the grace of the sea doth go
About and about through the intricate channels that flow
Here and there, everywhere,
Till his waters have flooded the uttermost creeks and the low-lying lanes,
 And the marsh is meshed with a million veins,
That like as with rosy and silvery essences flow
In the rose-and-silver evening glow.
Farewell, my lord Sun!
The creeks overflow: a thousand rivulets run
 ‘Twixt the roots of the sod; the blades of the marsh-grass stir;
 Passeth a hurrying sound of wings that westward whirr;
 Passeth, and all is still; and the currents cease to run;
And the sea and the marsh are one.”*

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*Excerpts from The Marshes of Glynn, Sidney Lanier [1842-1881]


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