No. 41

The Coral Beach

I asked him to repeat himself three times, because every time he said “Coral Beach” I saw the color. Then he explained: rather than a beach made of sand, millions of tiny coral pieces had gathered to create this beach.

The sand there was a story of organisms that had lived long ago, a collection of memories. It was as if each had been a tiny star in the water that had lived and burned and blinked out. This is what was left.

And I found myself sitting there for hours, reading, staring at the small islands farther out, feeling the history and the serenity of this tiny corner of the world.

{photos of Coral Beach, Isle of Skye, Scotland; taken by me}

About brandi

Brandi is a digital strategist, website developer, and founder of Alchemy+Aim, a company that helps entrepreneurs and business owners elevate their online presence and enhance their digital experience. Her academic background in theatre, philosophy and physics was the perfect foundation for launching her business, where she’s worked with Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Judy Smith, and other notable thought leaders since 2013. She is an advocate for using technology in ways that humanize, connect and serve people as well as for asking deeper philosophical questions and teaching others to think more broadly about impact when they create, particularly in STEAM fields.

13 thoughts on “The Coral Beach

  1. What a surreal view in your third photo. The second one made me go “Ouch!” This may be a silly question, but do people walk over that to get to the water? I grew up spending half of my time at the beach, these photos bought back beautiful memories of the little pieces of coral and shells I had as a kid. Bliss! Loving hearing about your adventure (and I promise to have an email back to you soon!)x

  2. For the first time I, too, saw many tiny pieces of coral like this that made up much of a beach. I had a hard time not picking up every single piece to put in my pocket and keep forever. I’m loving these pictures of your visit!

  3. Oh Brandi! “The sand there was a story of organisms that had lived long ago, a collection of memories. It was as if each had been a tiny star in the water that had lived and burned and blinked out. This is what was left.” Perfect!

  4. That is the most amazing thing ever! I go crazy every time I find a shell on my beach that looks like it was a part of a coral reef at one point. They’re all so unique and rather rare on the beach where I live. So to see a whole beach of them, I think I’d want to take the entire beach home with me!

  5. That’s amazing. And that first line, “I asked him to repeat himself three times, because every time he said “Coral Beach” I saw the color,” literally gave me goosebumps. That line is so romantic.

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Jane Reaction

(logo and original branding) is a graphic design and art director who works with with small businesses and creative entrepreneurs, creating cohesive and interesting brands and websites.

Carrie Coleman

(photography) is a wedding photographer, whose goal is to capture the visual expression of a couple's love through timeless, organic images. She is based in Charlottesville, Virginia.