Why Dawn Swimmer?
Dawn Swimmer is me but she is also any woman. I didn't want this blog to be an expose of myself and consequently I've chosen to make it anonymous. I would like anyone to identify with the call of the sea, the desire to challenge oneself, to connect with nature's beauty and the ever-changing moods of the day and ocean, as well as the process of growth and development that my daily journey to the sea has unexpectedly provided for me. The person behind this is important but also unimportant.
Most days I go swimming at dawn alone. Very occasionally one of my family members will come to walk down with me and see what I'm up to. I prefer to swim naked as part of that daily sense of renewal and meeting the sea and the day as I am. I do run into people, generally rock fisherman, who are on the prowl along the shore at dawn seeking the ever elusive big fish. If I feel exposed, I will wear my bathing suit. I am not an exhibitionist and don't feel a desire to expose myself to others but I also don't particularly care. Coming to the sea as I am adds for me a tremendous sense of freedom, well-being and renewal of the spirit.
This blog is a place to dream, imagine, and perhaps give inspiration to follow one's desires and soul yearnings. If nothing else, I hope you will simply enjoy the beautiful images that I have had the privilege to witness and experience. We must keep our connections to nature and love nature to ensure that there will be natural spaces for the generations that follow us. All the photos on the blog are mine except obviously the ones of me actually in the water taken from the shore.
Close your eyes and dream a dream and seek the courage to make it real. Reflect on the past, envision the future and embrace today with an open heart and soul.- Laurel Burch
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What a beautiful journey through life of a woman’s passion for the sea from early childhood to adulthood. The prose flows as the sea and the photos provide immediate appreciation for the beauty of the sea and the environment surrounding it. Bravo!