Photo a Day for December; December First ~ The Time Traveller

The Time Traveler

We'd seen him at other stops along the coast, but as we wandered on Heceta Beach near sunset, we saw him again - his boater-type hat, the European cut to his boots, his long overcoat flapping behind as he strode ahead of us toward the rocks.

His profile was unique among the beach-goers, with their lawn chairs, T shirts, little humans running around; he was singular, he noticed what I did, he photographed similar views, he headed straight for the far side of the cove as we did.

When I began taking shots of the waves crashing toward shore, spray leaping high between rocks and boulders and seastacks, suddenly this man jumped into my camera frame unknowingly, his focus, as mine, on the beauty of this Pacific coast, Oregon, beach. I began photo-ing him, too, his silhouette, anyway - and only when home and looking at our trip photos through the computer did I realize how - only in shots with this fellow in them - the lighting had changed, grown gold, shadows added, mists rose....

and in looking at them, rather wondered if we'd met a time traveler.

I chatted with him as my husband, he and I walked back along the beach together, two of us, photographers, loving the visual riches of this shore.

He spoke with a thick Italian accent and looked a little like Father Guido Sarducci; he told us he was from Illinois. He got into a car with Arizona license plates and drove away.

He waved his boater hat as he went by.

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 1, 2017 at 9:56am


Comment by Anna Herrington on December 1, 2017 at 9:58am

I love the raven behind the guy, center, it seemed to follow him around, too.

Comment by Anna Herrington on December 1, 2017 at 9:59am

Oh, sorry Jon, didn't see your comment! 

I could just show a whole month of photos from this one beach, really  : )

and Thanks ~

Comment by Anna Herrington on December 1, 2017 at 10:00am

Thought I'd mix it up this month and show some photos.

Some will have a story, some won't.


Comment by Rob Wittmann on December 1, 2017 at 11:02am

That's so good, it looks like a painting. wow

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on December 1, 2017 at 11:13am

He spoke with a thick Italian accent...

Sei incredibile, mio caro!

Comment by Anna Herrington on December 1, 2017 at 11:32am

Hi Rob, Thanks! I was so surprised to get home and see how the photos turned out - at the beach I couldn't see at all through the viewfinder so I was shooting photos blind. Very fun - and this beach was the most incredible Pacific coast beach I've ever been to... 

Ah, Amy, Thanks  : )  Do you speak Italian? I so am ready to learn, put a Rosetta Stone Italian on my wish list.... okay, I really want to be able to make passionate love, curse wildly while furious, dance in a meadow and sing like a child, all while stringing along verbal paragraphs rapid-fire in Italian....

Frankly, my husband just looks scared when I admit these wishes. Ha!

Thanks for coming by, Rob, Amy ~

Comment by koshersalaami on December 1, 2017 at 11:45am

This is amazing

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on December 1, 2017 at 12:01pm

Anna, sadly, my Italian sucks.   I learned SOME Sicilian from my nonna too many years ago and I don't associate with my family any longer so I don't use it hardly at all, though.  

BTW, Sicilian is a different language from Italian, regardless of what anyone says!  It's kind of like speaking Castilian Spanish in Mexico.  They can understand you, but many of the words and the accent are different.  Sicialians also speak WAAAAY faster.

That said, I can order us lunch in Sicily without people giving me the "Futtitinni, stupida donna!" look.  (roughly means, "FORGETABOUTIT!, YOU IDIOT" in Sicilian.)  

P.S.  If you want to learn to curse, then learn Sicilian.  We have curse words, insults AND actual curses (especial the "evil eye" kind) that are totally EPIC!  LOL

Comment by Anna Herrington on December 1, 2017 at 12:53pm

Amy, I'd thought Sicilian and Italian were different, but then, it's only been united as 'Italy' since mid 1800s, right? 

It's just a lovely dream, rapid fire Italian trilling away, but I am going to master at least a bit of Italian. I will.

Rita!!  Yes! It's all true, but the weirdest part is it wasn't foggy that day and none of the other photos taken at this same beach, same trip, have this golden glow and fog effect - just the ones taken of this guy and the ones taken w/o him but while he was right nearby.

The rest, a sunny day, normal colors.


He seemed to be a nice guy.... just your average 1902 type a guy  ; )

So glad to have you come by!  xo


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