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photoblog image Sketches from the Forgotten Coast: Waiting for the

Sketches from the Forgotten Coast: Waiting for the

Sketches from the Forgotten Coast: Waiting for the Storm

I hope the Storm will come. I hope it will wash away the Mold of Greed and Mildew of Incompetence that eats our country alive. In recent years, Mr. Fungus has destroyed all things he touched. We badly need the Storm to sweep away the Mold of War that spread beyond control. We're gasping for fresh air.

Sketches from the Forgotten Coast: Waiting for the

Sketches from the Forgotten Coast: Waiting for the Storm

I hope the Storm will come. I hope it will wash away the Mold of Greed and Mildew of Incompetence that eats our country alive. In recent years, Mr. Fungus has destroyed all things he touched. We badly need the Storm to sweep away the Mold of War that spread beyond control. We're gasping for fresh air.

comments (32)

  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Nov 2007, 00:23
gosh that's good VZ, will be back in the morning to fully take it in. mal
vz-nostalgia: Remember, there is no charge for coming
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 30 Nov 2007, 04:18
This is excellent! By far the best I have seen today and for quite some time.
vz-nostalgia: Appreciate such high remark from the Master. smile
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Nov 2007, 04:24
Great drama by the sea, VZ.

If your shellfish friend will listen to you, I think it would be a good thing to tell her that storms are usually more about destruction than cleansing. Perhaps you could also recommend an antifungal preparation.
vz-nostalgia: You started with a great rhyme, Ray: the sea/ VZ, but then your thought got swung away. smile If it takes a destruction to save the country, so be it. It's on the way to self-destruction anyway, if we continue at the current pace.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 30 Nov 2007, 05:08
Viktor this is a stunning picture, I agree with Martin, the sharpness of the shell and the sand is amazing, have a nice weekend smile
vz-nostalgia: I wish it was all about sharpness, Ms. Astrid. smile
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 30 Nov 2007, 07:10
Wow.. Great capture VZ. I can hear the ocean waves on the shore. Great DOF, and very nice perspective.
vz-nostalgia: If you hear the waves just looking at the picture, that means it's time for a vacation, Ms. Richa. smile
Excellent shot.I like the DOF
vz-nostalgia: Shallow DOF was the only way to get where I wanted to be with this shot, Richard.
  • Grace
  • Somewhere other than here
  • 30 Nov 2007, 14:08
You are always able to spirit me away to somewhere other than my workstation in the corner. Thank you for feeding the travel junky in me.
vz-nostalgia: You're welcome, Ms. Grace. We all like dreaming, when we get stuck in the corner of our everyday life. smile
  • Kelly
  • United States
  • 30 Nov 2007, 14:24
Love the shot reminds me of my child hood very much. It captures the sparkle of the sand I remeber so well
vz-nostalgia: Did you spend your childhood near the ocean, Ms. Kelly? Lucky you!
Great DOF: (Depth of field)in this image.
Great DOF: (Depth of feeling) in this commentary.
So pretty good all round, then, VZ!
vz-nostalgia: GPW (Great play of words), Dave! Love it. smile
  • patrick
  • United States
  • 30 Nov 2007, 17:24
crystal ear
granular sea
vz-nostalgia: The crystal ear
can't wait to hear
from the granular sea:
"The change will come,
just wait and see."
well thats deep the thoughts that is, got a i dear what you might be on about and i agree, oh and the photo.........well thats just amazing.
vz-nostalgia: oh Tim. Glad you like them both, the picture and the thought behind it. smile
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 30 Nov 2007, 19:42
Let's hope to God the Storm will come, Viktor, in more ways than one! What a symbolic photo!
vz-nostalgia: The hope is in our hands, Ms. Ginnie. It's W, who thinks he's the messenger from God (he's not). smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 30 Nov 2007, 21:22
In a storm of change
while shells shift
sand drifts
waves flow
winds blow.
Sins remain
in the storm of change.
vz-nostalgia: I love your vengence smile
Of course sins will remain. The other side is not much better. We have here not much choice, too bad. All we demand is a bit of decency, because they work for us. That's a long conversation, that we might have one day...or might we not. smile
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 30 Nov 2007, 21:25
beautiful lines. the storms of change are starting here in the oz so i am sure that they will cross the pacific soon. great sketch
vz-nostalgia: That's what I've heard. I hope the wave will cross the pool, nev. smile
This is a master piece! Great, Viktor. A likey for me!
vz-nostalgia: A piece of a Master? Nah, Jose Angel. If this would be so, I'd have no room to grow! smile
What a meaty blog - not just this one but every one in your archive. I feel like my mind has just had a major workout after too long of just working my way through a day...lovely imagery too!

I like Frank Zapper too, but what is it about Gustave Klimt that you like?
vz-nostalgia: Looks like you combed in depth through my blog. I'm glad you had a good time.
I can't explain why I like Gustav Klimt paintings, or get carried away by the prose of Gabriel Marquez, or Tuvan throat singing...It's like falling in love with a woman. All her imperfections magically become her advantages, when you're in love. I stopped analyzing my feelings toward arts and artists long ago. I like to consider it more of a chemical reaction of a brain, rather than a conscious decision, and I just go with a flow. smile
Perfect composition, makes for a striking image.
vz-nostalgia: Glad you enjoyed it, Nig.
Bravo.... great color, great DOF, wonderful perspective. You are spot on with this one.
vz-nostalgia: Hello, Ms. Gail. My pleasure. smile
  • Sonia
  • Brazil
  • 2 Dec 2007, 04:06
What a beautiful photo! Love so much shells!

Thank you for your nice comment on my BrasĂ­lia's post. It's amazing that Niemeyer was your architectural model. He will be 100 years old this month! Here are two links and I hope they works: BRASĂŤLIA and NIEMEYER.
You must refresh those pages because it has many photos.
Have a nice Sunday!
  • Sonia
  • Brazil
  • 2 Dec 2007, 04:20
No, sorry they did not work.
Here again:


On another comment I add another link, because the spam alert did not allow many links.
  • Sonia
  • Brazil
  • 2 Dec 2007, 04:22
On this post about SĂŁo Paulo, I add a photo of COPAN Building, taken by my husband:

This site about architecture is great too:

I hope you like these links.
vz-nostalgia: Thanks for the links, Ms. Sonia! Very informative.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Dec 2007, 09:35
Vz this is shot awesome, great depth in meaning(deep sentiment). Crackersmile
vz-nostalgia: You're a cracker too, Ms. Tracy. smile
dig this
vz-nostalgia: you do? good for you. smile
Good shot ...the words excessive. richard
vz-nostalgia: You can always skip the words, Richard. smile
ex·ces·sive (¹k-sµs“¹v) adj. Exceeding a normal, usual, reasonable, or proper limit.
Superb work. Shades of Chromasia: whom I also admire immensely.
vz-nostalgia: I haven't thought of Chromasia, when I shot this, Colin. You may be right, a pale shade. Dave's works are so slick, this one is a bit rough. I used to like chromasia a lot (still visit it frequently), but since chromasia became a job for Mr. Nightingale, instead of a passion, I think it lost its former charm.
A really great one ! Bravo !
vz-nostalgia: My pleasure, Zeb.
Beautiful...and may the fresh air come to you.....soon...
vz-nostalgia: We all can't wait, Aksel.
  • larry
  • United States
  • 3 Dec 2007, 19:16
When words are the truth, they are never excessive. I appreciate the candor and verve of your text. As you note the shell seems to be waiting, maybe not for the storm but for more shell games, perhaps.
vz-nostalgia: Perhaps, Larry, perhaps...
The candor and verve are the two words I wish could be applied to all of my work. smile
The sharpness of the foreground is wonderful. A small piece of natural beauty, captured beautifully.
vz-nostalgia: Cheers, Ms. Organik. Glad you stopped by.
  • Gulshat
  • Kazakhstan (KZ)
  • 16 Apr 2008, 11:17
Потрясающий лунный сюжет, кажется, что на Земле такого быть не может.....
vz-nostalgia: A moonscape? It has never crossed my mind to tie this to the moon, Ms. Gulshat. smile
  • Natures bosom
  • 11 Jul 2008, 15:31
Absolutely superb! A wonderful perspective, and you really can hear the water lapping on the shores.
vz-nostalgia: Yep, the water was lapping, and it was lapping louder and louder, until it turned into a storm and swept everything rotten away. smile
  • K.A.
  • S.A.
  • 23 Nov 2008, 13:35
well, I hope your blog would have enough space for this looooooong comment.. wink
This is a poem I wrote when I was in university, it was for a Poetry Contest...originally written in Spanish but translated by myself here...


Thinking about life
I got rid of words one day,
looking for a lost phrase
to bring hope to my being.

Remembering the very first years
when the trees used to sing to the sun
and when the birds were all excited
taking off fast in the sky...

The rivers used to run and jump
The flowers used to have a colorful smile,
The soil used to give its generous fruit
Filling everything with love and life.

Nature cries her pain
A noise was suddenly heard
Life is leaving NatureÂ’s hands
And nobody understands how, and whyÂ…

Everyhting used to be beautiful for Her,
When there was peace and calm everywhere;
She is not able to look at the stars,
Now, everything is lonely and sad...

The beings She saw when they were born
Turned against Her mother's love,
They even didnÂ’t want to understand
That they were the ones
Destroying themselves.

When she woke up one morning
She couldnÂ’t listen to the nightingaleÂ’s singing,
The waves were not whispering anymore
That sweet and soft FreedomÂ’s song...

Nature ran to the forest,
And dry ground was what she found;
The clear water that used to laugh by then,
Sobbed for her sorrow and loneliness...

Wondering about NatureÂ’s destiny,
I was deep in my depressionÂ…
‘our little children, will never know ,
Of color and beauty when days go onÂ’.

I thought it was impossible to have hope again,
watching how the fire of life was vanishing of pain,
then, I came across with His sweetest Eyes,
With the calm of the sea that I wanted to find.

When he extended His Hands toward me,
The breeze whispered softly and neat,
And, when we finally got close,
A new day sang once more...

His voice sounded with strength,
And helped me to reflect:
‘No, Nature cannot die,
There is still love to give when there is life!Â’...

A powerless tear came to His face
While He was asking to Himself
What the reason it could be
Which made me sigh so sad and deep?...

I couldnÂ’t resist it anymore
and I told Him: ‘Look!, Nature is going,
haven´t you noticed still
how sad our home here is?'...

He looked at me so sweetly
And the silence embraced us Â…
Then a nice flower I could see
Blooming from His gentle hands.

‘while love exists,
Nature will live
Because Love is the only reason
That can save the World and its beingsÂ’...

‘…in union of all our brothers
We will be reconstructing life,
We will join our hands in a hurry
To work as a single man'...

The sky became happy again,
‘Nature has hope’;all the humanity celebrate!
Unity without worrying about different races or sounds...

Nature will live forever,
Children will be able to play!
Humanity will fight for Nature's life!
Because the world know understands
that She has still much love to give to usÂ… (K.A., 1992)
vz-nostalgia: My blog has no limits, Ms. K.A. You can post a comment as long as "One Hundred Years of Solitude", if you like. smile
I see you were among the first adapters of the green movement. Good for you. It is always painful to see Nature being raped either by our stupidity or by our greed.

Want to know my favorite lines from you poem? Here they are:

"...And the silence embraced us Â…
Then a nice flower I could see
Blooming from His gentle hands".

That is so Salvador Dali-esque.
Thanks for sharing, Ms. K.A.
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