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Avery whispers into the breeze, her eyelids fluttering closed as she breathes in the briny aroma. Scrunching her toes, she feels the softness of the sand, still damp from the retreating tide. She wiggles as a shiver cascades down her spine and her eyes burst open.The sand blurs out in a blissful trance, the shore fading into liquid gold, vivid in the brilliant light. Her pale lips curve upward.
Avery bestows her gaze to the far off horizon, the flaring hues of the sun melting into the sky and ocean like a divine painting. The forever stretching sea is masked with an apricot colour, that beautiful umber flowing into turquoise. Through narrowed eyes she watches as each wave overlaps one another, sending the white bubbling crests descending, masking the shore with the transparent fading water.

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But above all it is the fantastic colouring of the beaches that as in image overpowers the minutiae. Above the tide-line the grey rocks are splashed gorse-yellow with close-growing lichen, and with others of blue-green and salmon pink. Beneath them are the vivid orange-browns and siennas of wrack-weeds, the violet of mussel-beds, dead-white sand, and water through which one sees down to the bottom, as though pale green bottle-glass, to where starfish and big spiny urchins of pink and purple rest upon the broad leaves of the sea-tangle.

By hiccup, May 2, 2012.

Found in Ring of Bright Water, authored by Gavin Maxwell.

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Under the mist that swirls thicker than hairspray in a beauty pageant prep-room lies sand that shifts under the pressure of my boot. I can't see it, only feel. Out there, only meters away is the ocean, alive with constant motion and millions of sea-dwellers. Beyond this wall of white I can smell and hear it. The waves are neither the gentle kind that roll up the beach like a overflowing bath tub, nor the crashing kind that turn murky with golden swirling crystals. They move with force but die within a few feet. From them comes the salty smell, that fragrance that conjures fishing fleets and nets of sun-bleached blue cord hanging out to dry. This place could be anywhere, I guess at a stretch this could be some kind of artificial simulation, but it isn't. This is my hometown beach and that is the sea I swam in as a small child. The wind here carries my mother's voice and her sweet kisses. I stand still, face to the breeze and soak it all in. No technology, no gimmicks, just nature...

By Angela Abraham (daisy), January 18, 2015.
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The beach was a blaze of parasols, hot colours to match the burning sand underfoot. Against the percussion of the waves was the laughter, coming in bursts and rolling like the ocean.

By addymay007, September 5, 2016.
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The painting takes me far away to another time, another life. In this picture the pebbles crunch beneath my winter boots and the waves lap in their steady rhythm, frigid and laced with sea-foam. Their melody is soporific, this music of water dragging eon rounded stones up and down the beach. Amongst the brush strokes of hues that are muted as if bleached by millions of years of sun, I can taste the salty air and feel it chill my icy face. From the upper left corner the gulls cry, circling until the fishing fleet returns. And there, right in the foreground is a rowboat of aging wood and paint that curls like potato peelings when I cut them too thick. It hardly looks sea worthy but I'm already in it, bobbing on the sun-speckled water, eyes on the horizon where blue meets blue.

By Angela Abraham (daisy), January 17, 2015.
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The beach is gentle beneath my bare feet. Tips of shells peek from holes, made by little creatures, seeking shelter in the soft sand. Mini dunes of beige dust soon to be soaked by the sea, gradually creeping its way further onto shore. The sun's rays peacefully float, resting on the warm waters. Timid clouds are rarely exposed, leaving the sky to beam blue. Few trees give me a touch of shade to sit beneath. A white ribbon of cliffs and rocks surround me and the bay, guarding us from what lies beyond. My ears invite in the quiet whisper of waves, sharing the ocean's secrets. A graceful song, when birds calm calls break the silence in the settled scene. The fresh airs salty smell tickles my nose. Light kisses from the occasional breeze send tingling sensations through me.

By angiepangie, March 31, 2016.
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The boy lies in the sand like he's sleeping. I've watched him do this over and over. When his little sister comes to rouse him he acts no more alive than a sack of beans. He waits, cobra-like, until she gets right up close to his face. Then he jumps up, scattering the yellow grains with arms that fling wide, hands like starfish in the summer sun. Then he roars without shame, not the timid little expulsion of an adult playing “lets pretend,” but the no-holes-barred lung-emptying of a prehistoric warrior. Then he stands there, his tousled blonde hair masking the sand that must cover it. It falls back down into his eyes and all I can see is a white gap-toothed grin. His sister screams every time, not upset but elated; she jumps, claps and giggles. Then as if he were shot with a dart gun he's down again, floppy on the sun-warmed gold.

By Angela Abraham (daisy), January 12, 2015.
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With every step the sand shifted. With every motion forward there was some backward and down, just like walking in fresh fallen snow. Yet unlike the crystalline blanket of white bequeathed by the winter time, the fine grains under foot give me warmth from the suns rays. Like their sky-bound benefactor they are yellow, as if the sunshine itself is trapped inside these unmelting crystals of silicone and oxygen. Despite the heat I find myself frozen in place once my eyes take in the ocean. The waves roll in white tipped, spreading themselves like fine lace over the beach after they crash in their soft way. There is nothing noisy about them, yet they have sound. Perhaps to me it is more like the music of my childhood summers so long ago with the people I have loved and lost. If I close my eyes I can hear my mother calling me for lunch, my father rustling the newspaper as he turns a fresh leaf. In my closed hand appears a red bucket and spade, there is nothing to worry me, no fears...

By Angela Abraham (daisy), January 7, 2015.
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The beach should be all rounded stones by rights. The tide washes up and down does it not? How many eons has it been doing that. But when I take off my shoes as my mother instructs it is sharp flints that greet the delicate under-skin of my foot. Ahead the waves crash as if they had real power, white and foamy. But they die in just a few feet, nowhere near me really. The air has that salty, seaweed smell just like the beach did thirty miles down the coast and suddenly I can't see the point of repeating the experience. It was cold then, it will be cold now. Cold and smelly. I slip the shoes back on and turn to leave. Mother now has folded arms and I know I'm for it. “I didn't bring you all the way here so you could turn your nose up at the sea, my lad! I won't bring you again if you don't go in!” At her hip is the camera, she just wants the shot to post to her friends. My face falls like wet cement, I can't help it, it's how I feel. Now she isn't just angry, she's about to get nasty...

By Angela Abraham (daisy), January 7, 2015.
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The beach is my go-to place. Some folks like their fancy coffees: cream and sugar with cream and sugar on top. But give me the pebbles that move under boot with their loud crunch- louder than fall leaves and present all year. I suck in the salty air like its an elixir, to me I think it is. It tastes like home. The beach huts lie ahead, no bigger than my garden shed but painted the same kind of candy hues as the wooden buildings that line the harbour in Bergen. Some could have been painted yesterday, they are bright, unbleached by the sun. Others are more of less derelict, forgotten and left to rot in the briny spray. Their paint lies like peeling bark off an old felled tree, curling and broken. They are pale and their padlocks are rusted over. Above the sun is bright, but as always in November it has no real heat, only the power to render the ocean a glittering green-blue like my mother's eyes. I miss those eyes.

By Angela Abraham (daisy), January 7, 2015.
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On the beach was the fishing fleet and the smell of their catch. Leo walked closer. No longer did her find it repelling, it was just the smell of his town and he was proud of it and he wanted to stay. In years gone by it had been a backwater town, looked down by the city folk. But now the lawyers and bankers who had once been tourists were snapping up second homes for vacations, driving up the price of real estate beyond the pockets of the locals. His worn sneakers kicked at the pebbles. Home, forever living with his parents and fishing like his Dad, like he wanted to do, or some city job and an apartment smaller than his bedroom. He took a finger and ran it down the paint of a boat, watching the salt crystals bunch around his finger. He wanted to be his own man, but was that even possible? An urban wage slave or living with his parents, how was that his only choice?

By Angela Abraham (daisy), January 7, 2015.
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The cold onshore breeze blew right through Amy's sweater and she bowed her head to one side, closing lashes weighed down with mascara to keep out the salty sting. The dampness of the sand was making its way though her skinny jeans and she hugged her knees close. Her hair fell loose about her face, tousled, tangled. Under the fading sun it appeared brown, the honey blonde streaks lost to the night. She could hear the waves lapping like the ticking of a more leisurely clock, but never telling her the time, never demanding that she move on. When more light came from the moon than the sun she stood and walked over the cool black sand to the inky water, letting it kiss her toes through her socks. The frigid brine quickly wicked up the wool and soon her feet were quite icy.

By Angela Abraham (daisy), January 7, 2015.
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The sun emitted wave upon wave of heat from the center of a pale blue sky. Golden sand extended at a gentle slope unlike anything that I ever imagined on the coast of Britain - soft dunes tumbling to kiss the briny water. Each wave was lacy with foam and all the more gentle for the subtle green hues. My little sister ran through the thick, browning grass, mouth a grin to rival any storybook, her hair matching the sand. Above a lone cloud drifted by in search of another, the brilliant white like a sail. The beach stretched out into the distance like a horseshoe bending around the coastline, dotted with families enjoying the rare gift of warmth. Giggling, I ran after my baby sister into the refreshingly cool waves, splashing cool water at her unsuspecting back.

By lulu, September 5, 2016.
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I love the beach because I can walk for miles. There is nowhere else I can go for so long without crossing a man made structure, unless you count the beach-breaks and I don't. They are wooden and covered in barnacles, that's as good as nature to me. Plus I love to hop down them from the high side to the low and scramble back up on my return. I drink in the sound of the gulls, crying for their suppers and watch the sun sink it the sky. I must turn back long before it lights the sky with that burnt orange hue. Mostly I judge my return by my own shadow. When I am two “me's” tall I turn. Then the breeze hits my other cheek and so does the sun.

By Angela Abraham (daisy), January 7, 2015.
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Directly across the way stood a top-heavy dockhouse, a weatherbeaten cube of pure nineteenth century raised up on out-curving supports for the purpose of enabling elderly ladies to sit out on good afternoons to watch the sailboats leaning at their work - a setting rendered completely other-day and unreal by this thick, moist air.

By Angela Abraham (daisy), April 25, 2012.

Found in Under the Eye of a Storm, authored by John Hersey.

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The enclosed beach is silent. The celestial fireball blinds you as it emerges, rising like a glowing medallion on the distant horizon. Topaz sunbursts of light smash against the calming blue of the ocean, lighting up the sea into cylinders of flax gold light. Crashing against the shore, small waves wash the night's debris onto the land. Untouched golden sand covers the floor as far as your eyes can see. Soothing, a gentle sea breeze rustles through your hair. The smell of the salty sea rushes through your nose as you breathe in fresh air. The halo of the towering mountains colours the edges the beach, the cliffs rise up into the godly sky as the gods ride on orange crest clouds that blanket the gentle blue sky.

By Harry Molinario, September 13, 2015.
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Children crowd into the small patches of sand, thin angular limbs jutting in all directions, like a brilliant island of colorful shorts and t-shirts in a sea of pebbles. The shingle stretches from one barnacle and seaweed covered wooden groyne to the next. Brave swimmers pick their way down to the breaking waves on tiptoes, wincing, grimacing, comical caricatures of the British seaside. Dogs run in and out of the spray chasing sticks.

By james, April 23, 2012.
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Waves crashed over the frigid winter sand spreading it's lacy foam like the edge of a petticoat. The ocean wind blew in bitter gusts, tumbling her tousled locks behind her. The salty air lay thickly on her tongue and filled her nostrils. With her bare feet, chalky-white and goose-bumped with cold, she took a step into the icy water. The waves crashed in and over the hem of her skirt, soaking it like a rag. She took another step, and another, never taking her eyes off the empty horizon where grey sea met grey sky, as if she could will his ship to come home.

By angela, April 23, 2012.
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The yellowish red sun looks like a shy boy. A short while later, I arrive at the beach, which is the naughty, sandy, the blue sea. With great pleasure, I start to walk along the beach. The sand looked clean like sugar spread out for miles, as it squished between our toes. It was dark outside and stars floated in the distance, But the moon seemed so close we could grab it and take it in our pocket to keep for ourselves. At this moment, my eyes are just like a digital camera, catching every corner of the landscape and every movement of the creatures there. The waves crash into one another, the breeze blowing from the tide, the smell of salty ocean, and the sticky air… See? Far away from the beach, there is a seagull flying with a pair of strong wings. Sometimes it stays

By soojin, August 2, 2014.
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I stood arms folded, shivering uncontrollably in my tank top. The frigid water reached up to caress the sand and the toes of my boots only to roll out again. When the foaming waves collided the salt water sprayed my chapped lips and made my swelling eyes even drier. The cold dead sand seamed so calm and serene against the tempestuous sea.

By Emily Jayne (Emza), November 24, 2013.
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The grass has that bluish tinge I associate with the seaside, it's coarse and tough, but I love it more than the tame grass of the suburban yards. I prefer the wild look, it's free, untamed. If I were a painter I'd sit with an easel and attempt to do it justice. But instead I just let it make an impression on my memory, I want to recall everything from the soft hue to the way the stalks are made stronger with their intertwined fibres.

By Angela Abraham (daisy), February 4, 2015.
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Juliette was sitting on the beach lulled by the languid flowing of the tide. As she watched the waves carelessly dribbling onto the sand she couldn't help thinking about the scenes she beheld the days before.

What she saw in the smooth twilight of September was something that would conjure powerful images in her mind for days to come. She sat transfixed watching the sky just above the horizon not knowing what to make of the vision that was unfolding before her eyes. Then dusk came, followed by night accompanied with a soft breeze gently stroking her face.

The gurgling and the gushing of the waves brought her back to reality. Alone on this soft golden sand beach hemmed in by jagged cliffs she wanted to find a new resolve, she had to find a way to get out of the fantasy world she had been living in for weeks. She had to find her way back to reality and start her quest after the stolen horizon.

By greenwoodwillow, August 10, 2015.
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The beach is more people than sand. They lie and sit on towels and chairs. It is a crazy array of colour, every shade the mall has to offer, all right there with no thought to coordination. It's like they got vomited there. I'd rather pull my own nails off than sit so close to other folks, so close you can smell their suntan lotion and hear their banal conversation. Maybe that makes me a snob, or a freak, or whatever, but I don't care.

By Angela Abraham (daisy), January 7, 2015.
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I take another look at the beach and commit it to memory. I don't just want the photographs I want to bottle the scent and have seashells to touch. I want to recall the feel of the sand between my toes and the clarity of the ocean. I want to be able to come here in my dreams.

By Angela Abraham (daisy), January 7, 2015.
Holidays

We grew up by the ocean, waking to the sound of the waves on the dark golden sands. We swam of course and to us swimming means briny waves striking our faces, not the chlorinated pools of further into the town. Even in summertime there were days we didn't want to swim or catch crabs; we'd take our fingers and draw a hopscotch grid in the sand. Pebbles were easy to find. We kids used to spend hours there, hopping from one foot to two, spinning and making our way back to the start. I still recall the softness of the sand, our feet erasing the numbers and the lines as we went. Some days we'd play long enough for the tide to claim our game. Then we hopscotch kids would slink home under the setting sun, our tanned skin cast orange in those final rays before night.

By Angela Abraham (daisy), July 22, 2015.
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The beautiful, big blue ocean's waves are crashing were against the cliffs as you watch the beautiful birds joyfully fly around in circles in the air. The warm, golden sand runs between your toes with the gentle breeze. As you walk along, you find gorgeous, shiny shells that have been washed into the shore by the rippling of the water. The beach :- A PERFECT place to visit.

By chahat, January 19, 2015.
Romance / New Adult

Scanning the beach, I check to see if anyone is out for an evening walk. The beautiful sunsets often draw people down, but I see no one. Skinny dipping is one of my favorite things to do. I quickly slip out of my clothes and dash into the water. I love the feel of the water on my naked body and swim out to where it’s deep.

Doing a few laps up and down the shoreline, I stop and lay back in the water, letting my limbs do the thinking for me. The water is so refreshing. Allowing it to take all of my worries away, I stretch out my arms, open my palms and release all bodily tension when I hear someone yelling on the beach. Dropping my body below the surface, I scan the shoreline and see Brice’s huge dog bounding into the water, an orange ball bobbing on the surface not far from me. Wonderful. This is just what I need—to be naked in the water with a dog who wants to play. Rolling my eyes, I swim to shallower water so my feet touch bottom.

By catherine, July 24, 2015.
Romance / New Adult

Laying our towels at the bottom of the stairs leading up to the cottage, I dig my feet into the sand. Grabbing a handful, I rub it vigorously between my hands. I love how the tiny grains dig into my palms, exfoliating my skin. It’s like having someone scratch my back.

“How come no one comes down here?” Laura asks.

“They’re all down the other end.” I point down the beach. “None of these summer homes are for rent. Some tourists come down here, but not many. No kids. It’s great,” I say, walking up to my thighs in the water. I love the ocean. The smell of the salt air, the sound of the waves as they move with force and die on the shore. Holding my breath, I run forward and dive in. When I come out, Laura is shaking her head.

“I don’t know how you do that,” she says, fighting the breeze to light her cigarette. “If it’s not a pool, I’m not going in.” She puffs triumphantly. “Want one? I know you like one once in awhile.”

“No, thanks. I decided to give them up when I came here. I think I only smoked because Adam did.”

“Fair enough.”

I stretch out on my towel, appreciating the hot sun on my wet skin. Having inherited my great grandmother’s Seminole Indian skin, in less than a week it will be honey brown. Paired with my long, straight black hair, my heritage will be unmistakable. I roll over on my stomach as Laura stabs an umbrella into the sand.

By catherine, July 24, 2015.
Romance / New Adult

His hand touches my shoulder and I chance to look at him again. “Yes, thanks,” is all I can say.

Pulling Fargo away, he heads back down the beach. “Again, sorry, ladies,” he nods to Laura, who narrows her eyes at him, then he nods to me. I half expect a cowboy hat to materialize on his head.

I watch him walk steadily down the beach—an air of self-confidence about him. From his laid-back stride, it’s as if the uproar never happened. He glances over his shoulder, and there it is, that second glance that tells every woman a guy is interested. I beam triumphantly and turn to Laura, who is looking at me with crossed arms.

By catherine, July 24, 2015.
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In twilight the beach was tinted sepia, the sand more orange, the water darker, our skin soft to the eye. We sat there, Tara to my left, Leon to my right, just taking in the evening and chatting in our characteristic pattern, the laughs and the serious intermingled.

By Angela Abraham (daisy), April 5, 2016.
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A golden blanket outlines the silvery sea, creating the picture perfect image. The golden medallion of a sun was perched high in the sky, blazing like Titan's fiery wheel. The sun beat down on the calm ocean as a gust of wind forced itself past me. I shivered as I ran my hand down my forearms. The wind whipped around me, cutting through the stitches of my clothing, and carried the unmistakable aroma of salt. But somehow, I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the faint taste of salt on the breeze that was complimented by the ambrosial aroma of the flowers around me.

By Ashley Yap, September 8, 2017.