I Heart Enjoying Life

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Hey Y’all. This is my precious grandson, Kole, at Wrightsville Beach last month. His parents brought him home from Seattle, for their first visit back, since they moved last August.

He discovered a stick in the water, and his reaction reminds me that the world is still a fabulous, mind-blowing place! Through the eyes of a two-year old, we can really learn to enjoy life.

This week’s theme at I Heart Faces is “Enjoying Life.” I hope all of you are doing just that on this fine Independence Day!

I Heart Faces is a photography sharing forum that focuses on the art of capturing faces and their various emotions. Each week, people from across the world enter their favorite face photos.

Click on the picture for a better view and click the button to check out lots of other faces, or to enter a photo of your own.

Wordless Wednesday – Kole’s Day at the Beach

I took a few snapshots at Wrightsville Beach the other day, while I was waiting for my daughter-in-law and grandson to show up.

I think the seagulls were just sitting around waiting for him, too.

The shells were just lying around, waiting to be discovered.

Then……They’re here!!

Kole, surveying his kingdom…

“I see birds!”

“I can make them fly!”

Rolled up little blue jeans? Be still, my heart!

Seeing the beach through his eyes?

Pure joy, y’all!

There’s a lot of folks posting for Wordless Wednesday!

Check out:

Nanahood

Mom Caboodle

Life Is A Sandcastle

My Organized Chaos

Ramblings of An Empty Mind

If you know of any that I haven’t listed here, leave me a comment and I’ll add them to the list!

You Capture Water

I’ve been trying to participate in a photo forum on Thursdays. Brought to us by Beth, at I Should Be Folding Laundry (me too, by the way), it’s called You Capture. Every week there is a new theme. This week it was “Water.”

And yes, I know today is Friday. I work a swing shift schedule, so I’m doing the best I can, y’all. I just got done working three nights and today I will try to transition back to days. It helps to go to the beach and get lots of fresh air and sunshine.

All of these photos were taken at my favorite place in the world, Wrightsville Beach, NC. I always take my camera and work on my photography skills. You never know what you might capture.

I am passionate about trying to capture photographs of the water. It really isn’t an easy subject to capture!

I like to take pictures of strangers when they aren’t looking. With my zoom lens, I’m able to zoom in on the action and get some very candid shots.

Lip gloss at the beach? Obviously, she’s southern.

I would spend every day here if I could, just looking at the water and walking on Johnny Mercer’s Pier.

In fact, today we’re going right back here. What better way to spend a few hours drinking bloody marys trying to figure out what day it is?

I Heart Texture

This week’s photo challenge on I Heart Faces is “Texture.” This photo of me was taken by my husband on our first sunrise visit to Wrightsville Beach. He and I aren’t ready to compete with the pros, but I liked the different textures in this photo, and thought it was a nice one to share with y’all.

I Heart Faces is a photography sharing forum that focuses on the art of capturing faces and their various emotions. Each week, people from across the world enter their favorite face photos.

Click on the picture for a better view and click the button to check out lots of other faces, or to enter a photo of your own!

Weekend Reflection of a Sandpiper

We took advantage of the warm weather last week and went for a walk at Wrightsville Beach, NC. This is one of the 500 plus photos I managed to snap, while enjoying a Bloody Mary and trying to keep my rottweiler, Hannah, in check. She loves going to the beach, y’all.

I was looking through some of my favorite blogs today and found a new photo meme that is open Friday through Sunday. It’s called Weekend Reflections over at Newtown Area Photos. I immediately decided to enter this.  I think the reflection of the little sandpiper in the water’s edge is stunning, don’t y’all? Click on the link to enjoy lots of other reflections.

Newtown Area Photos features a photo a day of the beautiful area around Newtown, PA. If you want to see more of my photographs of my beautiful hometown, Wilmington, NC, check out my other blog,  Wilmington Daily Photo.

Shadow Shot Sunday – Side by Side

On our one day off in the middle of last week, we decided to get outside and enjoy the 65 degree weather. We loaded our rottweiler, Hannah, into our car and took off for Wrightsville Beach. I plan to dedicate another post to Hannah’s day at the beach, because, well, doesn’t everyone love to see pictures of overjoyed rottweilers? Plus, I only took around 500 photos.

When y’all see the photos from that day, you’ll understand why I had to take so many! With the late afternoon at our backs, I was able to get this picture of our shadows for Shadow Shot Sunday.

And, if you’d like to see a photo that I took shooting into the sun, head on over to my other blog, Wilmington Daily Photo.

Shadow Shot Sunday is a cool idea that has folks posting photos of shadows, and then linking back to Hey Harriet’s blog so everyone can visit each others pictures. Check out the other participators and post one yourself.

Sunrise Memories in Sepia

This is a photo of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, early one morning at sunrise. I have a ton of photos like this, but this is one of my favorites. I like the sepia tones. It gives it a timeless feeling. It looks pretty good in color, too.

Do y’all know that feelin’ you get when you’ve met someone new and you discover that they like everything except dancing all the same things you do? When I met my husband almost ten years ago, we immediately established that we both loved, loved, loved the beach. We  talked about movies and we both said A Few Good Men was our all time favorite.

But what clinched the deal for me, the moment when I just knew that I knew that he was the one, was when I told him I had always wanted to watch the sun come up over the ocean, but had never had anyone that was romantic enough willing to get up that early and go with me. And this is obviously not something you’d do by yourself, right?

What he said next was that moment, y’all.  He said, “Well you’ve got somebody now! Let’s go tomorrow morning!”

Another crazy thing we had in common? We both loved to take photographs, and he insisted on bringing his camera that next morning. So not only did I get to experience a lifelong fantasy, but we have pictures of it, to boot!

Since then we have spent many mornings at Wrightsville Beach, drinking coffee (or Bloody Marys) watching the sunrise and reminiscing. It will always be our special place.

Mary the Teach has another photo blog, besides Ruby Tuesday. It is called Sepia Scenes. Every Wednesday, she posts a picture in sepia, and invites everyone else to do the same. She also has a tutorial on her blog on how to produce good photos in sepia. If you are into photography, like I am, go on over and check it out.

My Favorite Place in the World in Sepia

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Do you have a special place that you love, more than any other spot in the world?

Maybe you are like Dorothy in the Wiazard of Oz, and think that “there is no place like home.” Or maybe you are like me, and would rather be at the beach than any other place in the world.

Ever since I was a small girl, I have been visiting the beach in this photo – Wrightsville Beach, NC. I guess you could say it is just like home to me.

What do you feel when you look at this photo? Can  you smell the salty air and hear the birds calling? The wind gently ruffling your hair and the cool sand between your toes? Imagine you are standing near the shore, staring out over the ocean. Do you feel the majestic power in the great expanse of water, and marvel at the mystery? Many scholars think that the Atlantic Ocean, which cover one fifth of the world’s surface, was named after the lost city of Atlantis. Maybe it is the lost souls of Atlantis that tug at my heart and give me the desire to return to the sea.

Mary the Teach has another photo blog, besides Ruby Tuesday. It is called Sepia Scenes. Every Wednesday, she posts a picture in sepia, and invites everyone else to do the same. She also has a tutorial on her blog on how to produce good photos in sepia. I you are into photography, like I am, go on over and check it out.

Sunday At The Beach

I chose these photos for Sunday in My City, a photo forum that has folks posting pictures on Sunday of their cities. I thought Wilmington NC should be included.

To participate, visit Unknown Mami and link up! Let’s visit and travel the world together.

This week I have pictures of Wrightsville Beach, NC to share. Wrightsville Beach is a four miles long  island, located east of Wilmington, NC. It is my favorite place in the world.

When I was a child, my family spent every summer visiting this beach. For me, it is the epitome of lazy, carefree days. I hope these pictures will give you an idea of why I love it so much, even in the fall.

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