Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Storing Beach Memories

Next week at this time, I'll be at home in Breckenridge, CO.

My beach vacation is soon over.

Until then, I watch the surfers.

Pelicans entertain me.

Blooms attract me.

Sunsets amaze me.

The roll of the sea is my constant companion.

I store memories of sand and surf for when I'm back at my mountain home.

Thank you for visiting.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Time to Observe and Appreciate

Our rental condo sits on a cliff overlooking the ocean.

The sound of the surf is always present.

The roar and hiss permeate both my sleeping and waking hours.

We plan our days loosely, making adjustments according to weather.

Most days we walk the beach, watching the waves and the surfers.

Sometimes we hike on bluffs where flowers bloom  in profusion.

 The ocean both mesmerizes and frightens me.

I'm wary and respectful as Nature reveals itself.

Near sunset one day, I notice a young couple on the beach in their wedding finery.
(Can you see how tiny they are in the vast landscape of the sea?)

I watch them dance to the beat of the waves.

I whisper many blessings to them for a happy and abiding union. 

Time to watch and listen and appreciate is my One Good Thing today. 

Thank you for visiting.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Celebrating Sun and Surf and Sky

The beach environment is so different from our high altitude mountain home.

Morning mist softens distant watery views.

Bluffs overlooking the ocean offer endless hiking trails.

Buds on cacti begin opening in the sunshine.

Each scene tells a story of sun and sand and surf.

At low tide, we're beachcombers under a cotton ball sky.

When sea breezes blow, the kite comes out to play.

Diffused light reflecting on the sea offers a fairy tale ending.

Each sunset is cause for celebration.

All photos using Olympus OMD-EM1 edited in Snapseed.
Photos are landscapes in Solana Beach and Del Mar, CA.

Thank you for visiting!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Birthday Wishes

People ask what I want for my birthday. 
Here is what I wish:

In the early morning, I'd like to follow my husband down the steps to the beach.

Perhaps I'll notice some gifts from the sea.

Pelicans might write a birthday message with their delicate calligraphy of flight.

If I'm lucky, I'll follow footprints of surfers toward distant cliffs.

I'd like my heart to soar with happiness at the gift of life.

Possibly, the setting sun will offer a molten surprise.

And the evening sky might release streamers of pink in celebration.

My 74th birthday is May 9th.
To be lucky enough to enjoy such a long life is my One Good Thing.

I believe all my birthday wishes will come true...

Bob took the photos of me with the iPhone.
All other photos are with the Olympus OMD-EM1 using the 14-150 zoom.
I edit in Snapseed.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Life's a Beach

We're at the beach in southern California.
Color is everywhere!

Flowers bloom in profusion.

I'm awed as the sun sets over the vast ocean.

In the golden light of early morning, I meet shore birds strolling the sand.

I say hello as they scurry by me.

Sometimes mist mutes the lines between sea and sand and sky.

I see it all and feel grateful.

All photos except sunset are Olympus OMD-EM1 using 14-150 zoom.
Sunset is iPhone X.
I use Snapseed for editing.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Dance of Seasons

Winter and spring push and pull at high altitude.
Three days of storms deposit 33" (84cm) of snow.
We need the moisture to safeguard against summer wildfires.

Bob keeps busy plowing, shoveling decks , and raking the roof.
Temperatures rise again, and the new snow melts quickly.

Tourists stop visiting for awhile as the ski areas close for the season.
Town is quiet and deserted.

I walk along the shores of Lake Dillon noticing spring changes.
Ground cover watered by melting snow glows in the sunlight.

Wind clouds gather over the Continental Divide.
In a coffee shop. I watch two young women communicate gracefully in sign language.
A young man with green-dyed curls, a contrasting red beard, and a nose ring works on his computer.
I see it all and smile in appreciation.

Our family will visit this weekend.
Perhaps our son will play for us.

We'll hug and say goodbye.
Bob and I leave for CA soon.
The fox will stay to guard the property.

Goodbye mountains and hello beach!
The dance of seasons is my One Good Thing today.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Springtime in the Rockies

Spring at high altitude is very subtle.
Temperatures rise slowly above freezing only to dip again.
Sunshine suddenly gives way to snow showers.
Daylight lingers longer.

Animals roam through our property.
The foxes are curious, peering in our windows.

Bull moose shed their antlers.
Bears leave their dens after hibernation.
Coyotes howl a mating song.

I'm still downhill and cross country skiing.
The snow conditions change daily.
I wait for the sun to soften the surface before heading out.

I notice bushes changing to rust and gold as buds emerge.
Ice on streams and ponds is melting.

I have a spring smile on my winter face.

Happy spring!

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