"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!