Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, A Psalm of Life (1838)

I was looking through some older photo images, and came across this one that I really like. My husband took it for me a few years ago when we were walking along a seaside park. Numerous walkers, joggers, and cyclists travelled along the path and I was captivated by their tracks on the sand. The photo above has been manipulated a bit in PhotoShop and was even more manipulated for Nexus/Sandfrieze.

Looking at this made me recall the well-known phrase “footprints in the sand” so I went to my Oxford Dictionary of Quotations and learned that it comes from Longfellow!! On the same page is another great one for artists:

Emigravit is the inscription on the tombstone where he lies;
Dead he is not, but departed, – for the artist never dies

(on Albrecht Dürer) – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nuremberg (1844)

Strange thoughts on a Sunday morning… Gotta go make some footprints now, it’s sunny out!

February 5, 2006 in Photography, Photoworks, Urban by Marja-Leena