Lynne Polley

Smyrna Dunes
Oil on Linen Panel
12 x 24 in
I have always found solace in quiet places.

So when news of a possible pandemic began, and extreme projections of Marshall Law, I took my chance to drive an hour north to visit one of my favorite quiet spots. Smyrna Dunes Park, in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Since social distancing had begun, and one by one beaches were closing, I was unsure if I would even get into the parking lot.

Thankfully, they were open. These are my social distancing palms. I loved the contrast of the white sand and the complexity of the palm trees, all choosing their own space. Standing firm. Still beautiful despite the chaos around them. Even though we may all have a new normal, this spot stays quiet, reminding us all to take stock in the places that give us joy.