There was something lonely about this man and his dog, or not?

Photo is mine
Eugene, Oregon
May 14, 2016 11:09am CST
On a recent trip to the Oregon coast, we were sitting on the little deck of our rented room reading and enjoying the view. I decided to walk north a bit along what is called the 804 trail.It was a weekday evening and few people were around. I saw this man with his dog sitting on the bench as I walked by, both looking out to sea, not moving. With the sun beginning its descent into twilight, there was something that struck me as lonely about the pair. They sat, not moving as I walked by the first time, then twenty minutes later, when I returned, they had not moved. They were probably just enjoying the view of the Pacific waves rolling in around them though, and I was maybe projecting the mood I imagined in the scene. One thing I am sure of is that the dog was happy, sitting there with his best friend. Perhaps the man felt the same way and it was just a fine day for both of them. I know that it was a fine day for me and one I want to repeat soon.
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@sallypup (27463)
• Moses Lake, Washington
14 May 16
I have fond, romantic memories of the Oregon coast. You have a fine story photo there.
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• Eugene, Oregon
14 May 16
Thank you @sallypup! That coast (near Yachats) is our favorite part.
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@sallypup (27463)
• Moses Lake, Washington
14 May 16
@JamesHxstatic There was a sweet hippie like cafe in Yachats. Tasty home made desserts and just fun.
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• United States
14 May 16
You are married. This may have had something to do with what you imagined. On the other hand, I would not have thought it was a lonely scene. Spending time with a dog in such a setting seems idyllic to me. I can just about feel the salt air on their faces. Perfection.
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• Eugene, Oregon
14 May 16
True, it is a matter of perception. I am sure the dog was happy, but we can't know the man's thoughts.
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• United States
15 May 16
@JamesHxstatic Right, but it's interesting that some people look at the same scene, but have different impressions. It would not occur to me to think that either was lonely.
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@Corbin5 (109158)
• United States
14 May 16
The photo does tug at my heart. In my mind I think that both have no other friends but each other. Now, I have to push that thought out of mind and think that the two are just happy to get away from it all and enjoy each other's company.
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• Eugene, Oregon
14 May 16
Odddly, it could be either. His wife could be home with dinner ready, or napping in a rented room, yet it could be a lonely time as well.
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• United States
14 May 16
It's like an ink blot test. We see what we feel. I think this is a perfect setting and not lonely at all.
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@akalinus (17131)
• United States
29 May 16
There is a haunting quality about that photo. The man, the dog, and the ocean waves pounding are almost surreal. Thsi photo could probably win a photo contest. I won't soon forget this picture.
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• Eugene, Oregon
30 May 16
Well, thank you. I was struck by that haunting quality when I came upon the scene. It must be the poet in me.
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@akalinus (17131)
• United States
30 May 16
@JamesHxstatic It is a really awesome picture.
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• Quezon City, Philippines
14 May 16
When I was single I used to this to my dog every afternoon for I feel he was a family to me, so everytime I don't have anything to do, I enjoy my bonding moment with my dog, Lonely nah....My dog was very happy , I am happy too.
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• Eugene, Oregon
14 May 16
Glad to hear that you and your dog enjoyed the beach!
• Quezon City, Philippines
15 May 16
@JamesHxstatic thanks i love the beach but the beach doesn't love me...almost drowned last year anyways...my dog and i love the beach it relaxes me ...and my dog loves me havng time with him
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@Genipher (5136)
• United States
14 May 16
I love watching the ocean. It's so peaceful.
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• Eugene, Oregon
14 May 16
It truly is peaceful, but I like it when there is a raging storm as well.
@Genipher (5136)
• United States
14 May 16
@JamesHxstatic I don't think I'd be brave enough to sit out on the beach during a raging storm.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
14 May 16
That is a really cool photo.
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• Eugene, Oregon
14 May 16
Thanks. I like to wander around with a camera.
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@thelme55 (14739)
• Germany
15 May 16
I think the both enjoyed the view and the dog was just as happy as the man watching the waves of the ocean.
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@miniam (9239)
• Bern, Switzerland
15 May 16
As you say, maybe the man was just enjoying the time and peace with his dog, no care in the world, no hurry to get somewhere. Just forget about the world for abit and just be,watch the waves roll in and out.
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• China
15 May 16
Maybe he is one of the locals.Even though they seemed to enjoy themselves,but it looked like the man and his dog depended on each other for survival, you couldn't help sympathizing with them.
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@maezee (32559)
• United States
15 May 16
What a gorgeous view indeed. At least he is with his dog. If he was alone I would say it seems lonely. But dogs do provide companionship for sure.
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15 May 16
the beauty of the ocean is something that can truly just be enjoyed in the quiet, the calm.... i'm surprised the dog was so calm for so long
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@Missmwngi (10650)
• Nairobi, Kenya
14 May 16
I hope they had a good day as well
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@MarymargII (9997)
• Toronto, Ontario
14 May 16
there is something so mesmerizing about the sea- I'm sure they were both enjoying it.
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@Vjvals (928)
• Roseville, California
14 May 16
It seems like a serene scene where a retired man is waiting for his chosen wife to make a meal while taking the dog for a walk. I think you're right and the dog is at peace.
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@LadyDuck (162574)
• Switzerland
15 May 16
I do not find something lonely about this man and his dog. I am sure they are enjoy a peaceful moment, happy to be alone together.
@allknowing (66398)
• India
15 May 16
I just wrote an article about each of us wanting space that we call our own. This must be the space for this duo.
@jaboUK (54314)
• United Kingdom
14 May 16
That's a lovely photo - they look peaceful to me.