Veteran's Beach in Long island review
Long Island, where I live, faces Manhattan to the west and stretches narrow and long to the east, hence Long Island's name. Located on the island's eastern tip, Montauk (Lighthouse) is a sunrise spot and a major tourist attraction. Long Island was a haven for industrial magnates, poets and artists. Today, it has become a space for escape from everyday life for discerning urbanites, families, and people seeking fun.
As Long Island is an island facing the long sea, there are many beautiful beaches nearby. A longtime resident said, "If you live on Long Island and can't swim, it doesn't make sense. My parents threw me into the sea when I was a kid. And they just watched to see if I could swim or not."
Instead of pigeons, people may find more seagulls, and strong salty winds are always expected. My hometown is Jeju Island, the largest island in Korea, located in the South Sea. Additionally, another island in Japan, where I lived when I was little. That's why I'm used to and familiar with this kind of sight. During the eight years I lived in Germany, I had no chance to see a view of the sea. So, returning to Long Island, looking out at the ocean, I realized that the sea I met again had many colors, feelings, and shapes.
The sea near my town here is dark blue with coarse pebbles. However, there are many swamps so that you can see many types of sea creatures, and the clear sky reflected from the swamps is beautiful enough to admire. And the nearby Stony Brook Beach is a beach with many pebbles where you can see a small house showing something of loneliness. If you take a walk here, you will become a philosopher by itself.
As you know, 2020 was a particularly turbulent and anomalous year. We've learned in our life that we can't even get out of the beach. Everyone feels the ocean on the beach, gets sunburned, tans coolly, and swims in the rippling sea—all of which has come to a halt worldwide. Last year I went to the beach for the first time on the day the lockdown was lifted, and the fact that I was able to go to the beach gave me cheers of gratitude. I attended two graduation ceremonies within the month of June, and prepared one birthday party, but I never felt tired. Yesterday, I attended my eldest son's high school graduation ceremony, and everyone said that they were so grateful and happy to have the graduation ceremony. It is enough to be grateful to see students shouting and throwing their caps like this.
We got away from the local beach for a while and went to a more distant beach. In fact, it was a place recommended by an acquaintance in the past as an excellent beach to take small children. I kept procrastinating and couldn't go, but last week I decided to give it a try. The name of the beach is Veteran Beach. We arrived at the beach after a 50-minute drive east of our town. It is a small, quiet, and clean beach. The beach in our neighborhood has a lot of pebbles, so it's hard for children to walk in aqua shoes without being serious, but the sand here is very soft, as shown below.
Every time you go to the beach, you need to know what the beach permit is, whether the beach is private or public, how much guests can enter, where to pay for parking, where to buy tickets, and so on. We asked these things at a nearby office. The manager of the office allowed us to stay for about 30 minutes although this beach is private. It was a mistake that I started without knowing it well on the Internet because of a recommendation from an acquaintance, but I was able to enjoy the beautiful sea privately for this brief time.
We drew on the soft sand of a quiet sea.
I was able to draw such a soft picture.
The end of the pandemic is in sight, and people are slowly returning to their daily lives and living day by day as gently as a picture drawn in the sea.
A young Spanish photographer, Yoshigogo, conveys the preciousness of soft everyday beauty through his photography exhibition. The photographer and designer José Javier Serrano (Donostia, 1981), better known artistically as Yosigo, is a young artist from San Sebastian who has achieved a new way of looking at and facing landscapes and places that we inhabit everyday but are often unable to take away his value and aesthetic strength - or if we do, we do it conventionally.
Yosigo manages with his photographs to give a turn to what "normally we see" and to take us to its unmistakable terrain and particular vision of its surroundings.
In summer, the daily life we used to enjoy going to the beach remains beautiful and becomes the work itself. The writer informed it, and we only found out later. But even these precious daily lives are mere luxury in the face of a momentary disaster.
The recent collapse of a Miami apartment has left people in tragic pain right in front of this beautiful beach. It's so heartbreaking. I pray that a miracle will happen and many people will be rescued, and that such a tragedy will not happen again.
Myungja Anna Koh