Carolina Coast

Kure Beach Sunrise, November 8, 2013

Kure Beach Sunrise © 2013 Bo Mackison

“. . . I creep out into the Night or the Morning and see what majestic and what tender beauties daily wrap me in their bosom, how near to me is every transcendent secret of Nature’s love and religion. . .” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am visiting the Carolina Coast.

I’m staying in a lovely place, only a block from the Atlantic Ocean. Yesterday, I awoke to a shifting sky, and slipped across the street as dawn was nearing. It was cold and dark.

I stood in silent awe as the waves crashed upon the sands and retreated, relentlessly, infinitely.

A thin line in the dark sky shone red, then orange, and then the clouds fringed with scarlet light. The sun slid above the cloud line; the sea shimmered in tremulous gold.

Ah, ocean, I stand and watch, grounded in the shifting sands.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Beautiful!!

  2. Pretty awesome image and a great last line – “gronded in the shifting sand.”

  3. Two things: this is gorgeous, and I am so jealous. Enjoy every second of it.

  4. Beautiful sunrise! I remember the Carolina coast from the 60’s: fond memories!

  5. Beautiful image, and it sounds like a perfect match between friendship, scenery and sunrise!

  6. I’m so happy you stole across the street to enjoy a solitary sunrise. There’s magic in them thar moments. XO

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