sea-change (turn of the tide) by armadillozenith

Another view is here.

The sea has receded, leaving this discarded supermarket trolley embedded in the beach; left high and dry, as if to testify to the folly in man’s reckless consumption and waste in disregard of the environment.

“There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.. "

I believe we do see change in current attitudes.. growing environmental awareness.. more turning to ways of living that are ecologically considerate and fulfilling; away from heedless material consumption that’s unsustainable and empty of value.

Whether willed or not, such change is likely eventually to be imposed, by nature. Maybe for the best!

“Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a Sea-change
Into something rich & strange.
Sea-Nymphs hourly ring his knell..”

This trolley, having reached the end of its former role, acquires now a new value as a symbol; transformed by the sea, it can serve us as a pointer to better living, a herald of wiser ways to be found.

(quotes from Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ & ‘The Tempest’)

Taken on Kirkcaldy beach, 21st April 2009; handheld Sony Cybershot DSC-S730.


  • sterenborg
    sterenborgalmost 6 years ago

    That car is there a long time, do not get it why people drop everything everywhere, I allways teach the children throw things away at the right place. or bring it back. but great picture

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...almost 6 years ago

    Amazing capture sweetheART so unsightly& environmentally unfriendly ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Stephen Mitchell
    Stephen Mitchellalmost 6 years ago

    Great find, you were lucky to have your camera on you when you spotted this!

  • ;-D I make room for such serendipity, by carrying a camera often!

    – armadillozenith

  • valandsnake
    valandsnakeover 5 years ago

    great capture, very evocative, well done an instant fav

  • titus
    titusover 5 years ago

    This is a really outstanding find. It kind of says it all.

  • RichImage
    RichImageover 5 years ago
  • sentimentum
    sentimentumabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations your image and text has been featured
    within the Environmental Awareness group..
    to view the feature and leave comments
    please visit the Features Room :))

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