It’s just an extension of the ocean, yet it seems to have its own personality and its own peculiarities. The water is often bluer; the birds are more in evidence; the scrub is a bit more varied and often greener. The water is certainly calmer, and it is well, what? contained? — as opposed to the expansive seemingly infinite sea.
It’s as though someone scooped up a few large handfuls of ocean, and said, “See? (Sea?) Here it is, my little section, with the trees and houses and roads and train tracks, just for us to look at, instead of the impossibly big and endless and mind-boggling expanse of water that goes all the way to China!”
Either way, I am fortunate to get to look and see.