I've never been a "fun in the sun" kind of gal. Beaches crowded with oil-slicked bodies are not my thing. I did Spring Break in Florida once, but my roomate and I were under-age, so no wild parties. Instead we baked ourselves in the sun during the day and watched TV at night. Pretty boring (not to mention carcinogenic).
But I do love a deserted beach under a dramatic sky. Today I'm in Del Mar, California. Steve is a presenter at a conference and I tagged along to enjoy the nice weather and ocean views. Turns out the weather isn't all that great, but it's still pretty around here.
Yesterday morning I took a solitary walk down to the beach and took this photo. At one point I looked out at the waves and saw a head bobbing in the water. It immediately brought to mind L.K. Madigan's THE MERMAID'S MIRROR. Did that bobbing head belong to a seal? Or a MERMAID? Actually, it was just a surfer. But it was a nice moment.
So I do love a beach, but I seem to prefer the ones with water too cold for swimming. I want dramatic cliffs, rocky outcroppings, colorful foliage, and a scarcity of humans. Del Mar certainly fits the bill during this trip!
Hi there! I'm Sonia Gensler, author of THE REVENANT (Knopf '11) and the forthcoming THE DARK BETWEEN (August '13), both from Alfred A. Knopf. I blog a little about writing, but more often about reading, travel, TV and movies. Nothing too serious. Check the links below for more places to find me on the web, or click the banner to return to my website.