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Underfoot and Overhead: SOLC #26

What is under your feet and over your head today? A much needed walk took me to the beach, where after a rainy yesterday the sun shone brightly this afternoon.

I tied on my ratty sneakers, the ones with hole in the toe, knowing that I’m always at risk for a salt water foot bath, or the sneak attack of some sand covered blob of tar on the beach.

In my usual fashion, I start out walking quickly trying not to let all the sights and sounds and smells distract me as I attempt to earn my exercise minutes, and then slow down letting the environment speak to me as I pull my camera to my eye.

This jelly was nearly invisible, an almost clear glob of gelatinous organic matter. I sometimes see bits and pieces of jellies, but seldom a fully formed (and quite large) creature like this one. I’m not sure what kind of jelly this is–maybe a moon jelly? I’m happy to not have stepped on it, even though it is no longer alive.

A beautiful spring day also meant a healthy breeze blowing. I’ve been noticing more and more people playing on the beach, throwing balls, building castles, and flying kites. This one was really soaring, getting lots of loft and lift into the bright blue sky.

What did you find underfoot and overhead in your place today?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Underfoot

As I walk along the shoreline, I can feel the grains of sand under my feet.  Along some stretches the sand feels smooth, almost like quicksand where my heels sink in the sponginess of the saturated  surface.  The sandpipers see this place as their seaside restaurant, poking their long beaks deep into the sand for a meal.


Some places are firm…firm enough for bike riding when the tide is low, with surfboards secured in sidecars to make them easy to transport.


Sometimes that sand underfoot can be scooped up to create magnificent castles, complete with moats and and a seashell flag on top.


Other times what’s under your feet is floating on the surface of the water.


When the tide is high, there’s not much place for feet at all…and even the lifeguards have to be careful that they can get their vehicles through as the tide rises.


And where are the feet that belong to these shoes?  Probably out cooling off in the Pacific Ocean…the perfect summer solution for underfoot!


So what is underfoot in your life this week?  Capture the surface your feet find themselves walking on this week, or maybe these things–physically or metaphorically–that seem to be tripping you up.

You can post your photo alone or along with some words: commentary, a story, a poem…maybe even a song! I love to study the photographs that others’ take and think about how I can use a technique, an angle, or their inspiration to try something new in my own photography. (I love a great mentor text…or mentor photo, in this case!) I share my photography and writing on social media. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter using @kd0602. If you share your photos and writing on social media too, please let me know so I can follow and see what you are doing. To help our Weekly Photo community find each other, use the hashtag #underfoot for this week and include @nwpianthology in your post.

My feet seem drawn to the sand…where are you finding your feet?  I look forward to seeing how you interpret underfoot through your lens!