June Gloom?

 

photo by @katcorrine

I love grey days in California. 
After getting drenched in sunlight, they make it feel ok to slow down. 
My mind awakens as my body sits still. 
The grey in Seattle felt oppressive and monotonous. 
But here, it's refreshing to hide away when the sun ducks behind the clouds. 

 

 

 

 

World Oceans Day

 

Photo by @ katcorrine

"I kiss you and on your lips I taste the sea and the sea has always been home to me."-Tyler Knott Gregson

Today we celebrate World Oceans Day. I am so grateful for all that the ocean has given me. It has brought me peace and adventure; inspiration and excitement. The same thing I seek out on my darkest of days has also been the backdrop of the happiest days of my life. The sea adds goodness and color to our lives. I want so badly for this magical part of nature to be taken care of and shown the love it deserves. 

I'm so happy to have a wonderful partner in crime who wants to travel the world with me and seek out every shade of blue the ocean has to offer. The turquoise in this shot is courtesy of Cala Pi in Mallorca.

 

Mission Blue

 

Watching Mission Blue is a complicated experience. Sylvia Earle is an incredible woman and her love of the ocean is so deep and powerful. The work she's done and the strides she's made are amazing. The footage throughout the film is incredibly beautiful. At the same time, this film highlights everything humanity has done to hurt the ocean. This is where it gets tough. It's hard to watch the negative impact we've had on such a magnificent part of this planet. It's easy to feel small and hopeless after watching something like this, but I think it's important to acknowledge the harm being done and figure out how you can fit into the solution. The work that Earle does through Mission Blue and their efforts to find hope spots throughout the world are just one of the many  ways people are working together to keep our planet alive. 

 

I S L A N D S - WA

 

Journeys over to the San Juan Islands almost always prove to be moody and drenched in fog. These islands, and the shades of blue I associate with them, will always hold a special place in my heart. It doesn't hurt that this is where Zion and I decided we wanted to spend our lives together; after waking up from a sleep we were lulled into by the sound of orcas swimming alongside our campsite.

 

Blue Mind

 
photo by @katcorrine

photo by @katcorrine

"Both the brain and the ocean are deep, complex, and subtle realms..." -Wallace J. Nichols

For someone who loves the ocean, art, and psychology, Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols is a rewarding and eye-opening experience. Reading this book showed me just how complex and multi-faceted the human connection to water and the ocean really is.  Without water, we are nothing. Water gives us life, it inspires us, it can ease our minds, and soothe our physical pain. It can also terrify, challenge, and threaten us. In the book, Nichols wonders "whether water is a mirror for our darker emotions as much as it is an engine for our happiness." I really do think this is true. The ocean has been so much to me throughout my life. I'm drawn to the sea whether I'm in a dark place, overwhelmed and stressed out, or when I'm happy and feel fully alive. I'm really grateful for all of the research and work going on that is highlighted in this book, and I'm so glad Nichols took the time to put it all together in one place, making it easier to see the big picture. It's impossible to read this book and not want to seek out the ocean and keep it alive.

 

View From A Blue Moon

 

A love letter to the ocean.

I was completely  overwhelmed when I first saw the trailer for View from a Blue Moon. I knew I needed to watch and own it as soon as possible. Taking this film in is such a visceral experience for me. The title sequence alone is enough to make my head explode. In the opening, they capture the ocean as a piece of moving abstract art, allowing us to take in all of its textures. The talent, artistry, and connection to the ocean that fueled the making of this work is so inspiring.
View from a Blue Moon is a love letter to the ocean and the celebration of a person who has managed to become one with the sea. Everyone should watch this insanely beautiful film. 

"See the sport of surfing as it’s never been captured before in John Florence and Blake Vincent Kueny’s second signature release, in association with award-winning film studio, Brain Farm. The first surf film shot entirely in 4K, View From a Blue Moon follows the world’s most dynamic surfer John Florence and his closest friends from his home on the North Shore of Oahu to his favorite surfing destinations around the globe. From the dreamy blue perfection of the South Pacific to the darkest uncharted waters of Africa (and everywhere in between), Florence faces a broad spectrum of emotions as he continues to seal his legacy as one of the most gifted surfers ever. And while the young Hawaiian is pulled in increasingly different directions, there is no form of pressure that will keep him from his ultimate goal — to redefine what is possible in the ocean. "View From A Blue Moon" A Film By John Florence & Blake Vincent Kueny In Association With Brain Farm"
-Available on Vimeo
 

 

Abstract

 

photo by @katcorrine

The ocean is moving art.

This was taken while spending a magical morning whale watching in Moss Landing with Sanctuary Cruises.
It's so exciting and breathtaking to see all the life and beauty that dwells in the Monterey Bay. You can truly see the goodness that has come out of it becoming a Marine Sanctuary. In a world where so much of what we hear about nature is heart-wrenching and discouraging , the positive change in Monterey and all the life that has come back to this special place is an important story of hope. Getting to witness creatures dance through the water here feels sacred.

 

Dead Calm

 

photo by @katcorrine

"The tides are in our veins." -Robinson Jeffers

The ocean is a vast and magnificent life force that impacts us physically, emotionally, and aesthetically. It's both a source of peace and adventure that's equal parts fascinating and terrifying. 

My goal with this blog is to highlight the beauty and science of the ocean, explore the ways it influences our lives, and take a look at how we can celebrate and protect it.