An old, long-buried stone jetty, revealed for the first time in years by the strong currents
of a nor'easter, emerges from fog rolling in along the Delaware coast.
by Ellen Rice
Bethany Breakers is the companion of my painting Out of the Mist. I passed this way one early spring day on a short walk north to The Addy Sea from the center of Bethany Beach, Delaware. The April afternoon had begun sunny and warm, but as I walked the breeze switched around from the east across the still cold ocean water and fog began to form and roll in.
There is a quiet hush when enfolded in fog. You hear the water, an occasional bird, but for a time it's as though the whole world is shut out. You're alone with nature. It could be any time, any year, any month. I was about to visit a building built in the 1800s. It wasn't hard to imagine with the view of contemporary beach homes fogged out, that I had traveled back to an earlier day.
This painting depicts the moments of transition, with sun still touching the sea close to shore, while farther out the fog has turned the sky and water dark. I was glad I'd brought a jacket. Before long, the fog made it almost impossible to see even the old stone jetty that had recently been uncovered by a nor'easter.
Fog is not unusual along the ocean's edge, especially during the shoulder seasons when disparate water and air temperatures collide. I hope you enjoy the moment.
Click on the link above or the painting image just below to learn more about my destination that day.
The Addy Sea ~ "Out of the Mist" by Ellen Rice