Beach Walk Reflections

It’s my great pleasure to announce a new blog by Frank. His previous blog,  A Frank Angle, where he announced his new blog on October 13, was a fave of mine. His new blog, Beach Walk Reflections premiers on October 20, 2020. (20/20/20?… Is that on purpose?) Here’s an early sneak peek at one of his upcoming posts.

Image by MustangJoe from Pixabay

I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Ever think about seeds? They seem so simple at a glance – even on closer examination. We typically think of a hard, thin outer shell with a softer inside.

On the other hand, this seemingly plain object is the beginning of something new – something beautiful – something useful – a green plant that can be as simple as grass or are grand as a large tree.

Earth’s annual regeneration of seeds for release (many in the fall) – possibly covered by winter snows – yet ready for renewal in the spring so the cycle can repeat – all this with its goal of perpetuating the species.

I think of the farmer preparing the land before planting the seeds. Whether scattering the seeds randomly or planting them in straight rows with distinct spacing, time delivers something that belongs to all of us – bountiful crops and flowers.

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

As I walk, trees are sparse – only found on the grounds of some condominiums – although they are naturally found a short distance away from this beach. I think about a forest. Somewhere in that forest’s history, there was a time of one tree – the first tree. One tree that came from a seed. From that one tree came other trees – each coming from a seed.

I think about the sizes and shapes of seeds – from the tiniest orchid seed to a type of coconut containing the largest seed – shapes as squares, oblong, angular, triangles, round, egg-shaped, bean-shaped, kidney-shaped, discs, and spheres. Some seeds with lines and ridges – others perfectly smooth – plus in a variety of colors, and some even speckled.

A seed has three components – an outer protective coat, the embryo for growing into a new plant, and the food source giving the embryo and young plant its initial food source for growth – all aspects for increasing a chance for survival.

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Ever notice how leaves sprout early from a seed? Yes, leaves for producing food for the youthful, growing plant because the initial food source is small.

Seeds hold the potential to produce something new because they contain hope and promise for something new. But not all plants use seeds for reproduction. For instance, mosses or ferns do not  – but seed plants are the ones that dominate the plant world.

This causes me to think about our fertility – that is, the seeds within us. The promises that we hold that can produce a bountiful yield.

Interesting that the sperm of human males are called seeds, but in the plant world, seeds are something produced after the sperm fertilizes the egg.

Seeds are mobile, so they must have adaptations to move them around – a method of dispersal. Some have wings to be carried by the wind. Some have barbs, burrs, or hooks to attach to fur, feathers, or even human clothing to be dropped elsewhere. Some are buoyant so moving water can transport them. Others are surrounded by fleshy fruit that will be eaten, therefore the seeds can be exposed and deposited elsewhere for potential growth.

Image by Ortrun Lenz from Pixaby

I remember the large oak trees at my previous home. Each producing a bountiful supply of acorns – but not the same number each year. Each acorn with a coat, an embryo, and food supply. Each acorn is the potential for a new oak tree. However, all those acorns from one tree – a culinary feast for squirrels preparing for winter – so I wonder how many of all those acorns will yield their acorns in time.

Seeds are that structure we plant in fertile soil and associate with terms as vigor, viability, dormancy, and germination. Seeds are also a source for food, oils, cooking ingredients, flavorings, jewelry, and even deadly poisons.

Besides a simple design yielding a complex adult, the seed is also a useful metaphor.

People are hidden seeds waiting to become viable vessels of knowledge. Because every seed has the potential for a significant result, seeds are a symbol for the potential that is in each of us for a positive future – a power of hope and possibility. Teachers hope to plant a seed in students – a seed that develops over time into something valued by others and society – their role in cultivating humanity.

Seeds are the ideas coming to us from thinking. The something that initiated a thought process that leads to personal action for improving life. The seeds of discovery lie in the knowledge of determination through the human spirit.

I think about how each of us has a bright side and a dark side – the good seeds and the bad seeds. Seeds are a symbol for laying the groundwork for future development as planting the seed – but some use planting the seed for promoting negative feelings or a downfall.

Religions rely on the seeds of faith while politics prefers manipulating the seeds for selfishness.

A heart contains seeds of love that are waiting to sprout a new life with that special someone.

I think about how entrepreneurs use “seed money” for starting a new business. I also remember during my youth using “bird feed” or “chicken feed” as a term for a small amount of anything – something paltry or minuscule in amount.

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Seeds – that simple, interesting, incredible, and successful biological design found in nature that plays a large role in human life. I don’t recall what triggered thinking about seeds on this day, but it has been an interesting mental journey and exercise as I walk. After all, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Although the first post goes up on the 20th, the blog is up to follow at: https://beachwalkreflections.wordpress.com

While there, find links to Follow on: Instagram, FaceBook and Twitter!

** Note – Frank sent me the video for this post. I selected the pics for this post from  pixaby.com. Hopefully, Frank will like what I chose. **

52 thoughts on “Beach Walk Reflections

  1. Thank you, Resa. This is a sample walk – to be honest, actually one that I will use in the distant future. Each walk will focus on a different topic – and always ending with a song/video. I hope you like it – and if you do, please visit Beach Walk Reflections linked above with hopes you will follow this new venture on WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter. Hope to see you at the beach.

    Oh – coincidence? Nope – but it is an interesting thing to remember! 🙂

      1. Yay! So glad you like the pics! Pixaby is a great source, and I have a feeling you’ll use it well!
        Congratulations on your new Beach Walk Reflections blog!

    1. You’re welcome, Frank!
      I look forward to the walks and the topics. How often do you think you’ll be posting, once a week, twice a month, or?
      I’ll follow you on Twitter, but I don’t tweet a lot, save for announcing posts.
      I’m very hap hazard on Twitter.
      See you at the beach on 202020!

    1. I figured Frank would come back, with the Beach Walk Reflections.
      Not sure why, but he seemed to enjoy musing with his feet in the sand. (and oh yeah, that does feel good on the feet).
      Hugs!

        1. It’s a good time for all creativity!
          You’re writing (& maybe making another wine cork table) I’m drawing and sewing and cooking. Creativity is keeping me sane!

      1. Already signed up. You may remember that I followed your other blog, but there were times I wasn’t able to connect. Hopefully this time around, I will be able to access your site. I continue to learn and learn and learn about WordPress. Still a mystery!

        1. Yay!
          So, I’ll be at the beach a bit later in the day, as I’ve got an early appointment. I’m hoping to be home by 4, but whatever time I’ll be there 202020.

    1. 64,
      I know what you mean. On the other hand, here’s a chance to do it through your mind and my words. I invite you to Beach Walk Reflections where you will find a variety of ways to follow. Hope you join us!

  2. Thanks for the intro to Frank Resa, I could use a walk along a beach right now so I’ll go for a visit and check out these places in my mind. I also enjoyed your musing on seeds. Hope you’re keeping well, all my best Charlotte x

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