North Topsail Beach, NC
So I was thinking about how I could describe the beach. We've all read about water rushing to shore - but a beach is more than that - it's the sum of several things coming together to form something completely elemental.
Where to begin? I think we turn to the basics - our five senses.
Touch: Feeling the sand beneath my feet - And the water as it runs over my toes. The feel of the wind as it touches my skin.
Sight: There's a lot to see - the sand, shells, water, sky and grasses. There's crabs, birds, and dolphins and perhaps a boat just off-shore. People may be walking, swimming, or surfing. There's bound to be seaweed or a dead fish, not to mention a sandcastle or a discarded beer can.
Smell: A beach has a certain smell. It's several aromas blending together - salt, suntan lotion, decaying sea life.
Taste: Who hasn't been tossed by a wave or two and come up sputtering - after having swallowed a mouthful of salt water? If you haven't - you've missed out! Seriously, the salt seems to hang so heavy in the air that it seems like you can almost taste it.
If you can't get to a beach, find a picture and close your eyes. Let your mind do its job - imagine or recall a trip to the beach - the sounds, the smells, etc - and then write it all down!