Tag Archive for Outdoor Wednesday

They’re Back…

They’re back . . .

Squatting on our neighbor’s dock. . .

 Squawking. . .

 Soaring. . .

 Sunning. . .

Providing us with a show & some smiles :)

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.”
― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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 Seasonal Sundays~

Mosaic Monday~

A Coastal Reunion

I had the good fortune to be invited to the beach for a weekend reunion with former roommates & suitemates to celebrate our milestone birthdays this year. . .

The six of us happy & lucky to have a friend/roommate with access to a beach house. . .

Enjoying the scenery while reminiscing on our college years . . .

Reflecting on old times. . .

As we had just begun to spread our wings. . .

 

Strolling on the beach. . .

Catching up on the status of classmates. . .

Basking in each other’s company. . .

And enjoying good meals & conversation . . .

Many thanks to our generous hostess and also to our talented chef for our weekend of fun :)

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Great Expectations

 We’re all looking forward to Fall at my house~ anticipating its arrival with great expectations. . .

Eager for cooler weather & less humidity. . .

 

Anxious for the smell of Fall in the air~ apple cider, pumpkin pie & fires burning. . .

Longing for cooler nights~ sleeping under blankets with windows open. . .

Under clear skies~ watching the moon rise. . .

 Anticipating fewer boats on the lake~  enjoying the peace & scenery. . .

Hoping to glimpse golden sunsets. . .

Longing for more outdoor chair & reading time. . .

Yearning the arrival of pumpkins & Fall color. . .

Now if only the weather will follow the calendar’s lead :)

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It’s Good to be Queen

A city rich with history, Southern hospitality, and casual seaside charm~ Beaufort, South Carolina is the “Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands”~ discovered by the Spanish in 1514 and chartered by the British in 1711.

This year Beaufort celebrates its Tricentennial~ a special and historic birthday ~ that’s a lot of candles and a lot of cake!

 A National Landmark Historic District with gracefully restored antebellum homes, centuries-old live oaks, pristine waters, and some of the best fishing anywhere~

Beaufort has a way of reeling you in. . .

While Beaufort proper is the area’s Queen Belle, attracting admirers with her pre-Civil War mansions and sail-dotted bay, the town’s outlying provinces are also must-sees. . . Port Royal, Parris Island, Hunting Island, Lady’s Island, St. Helena Island and Harbor Island (an annual summer destination for us) just to name a few. . .

Queen Beaufort’s peaceful, watery realm is abundant with wildlife and remnants of the Old South~

Beaufort County rules over & encompasses more than 200 islands~ nestled between Charleston SC and Savannah GA~ most of which remain wondrously pristine. . .

A point of local preference that sets apart the Carolinas: In Beaufort, South Carolina, the name is pronounced BYEW-fort. In North Carolina, a coastal town of great similarity with the same name is pronounced BO-fort.

And yes, it matters :-)

Beaufort has an active and enthusiastically supported Arts Council. Mermaid statues, embellished by area artists in 2006, were auctioned off to endow a fund for public art.

 A few mermaids remain sprinkled throughout town. . .

 You can read more about Beaufort’s Mermaids here and see a little of sculptor Kevin Palmer’s mermaid-making process here~ from wood frame to fiberglass.

Miss Beaufort, with her streaming locks of copper wire, stained-glass tail, and beauty queen banner, greets drivers as they come onto Bay Street. She happily swims near a Palmetto Tree at the Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center.

A Celebratory Cupcake in honor of Beaufort’s 300th Birthday~ complete with a molded brown sugar mermaid & chocolate seashells :-)

Happy Birthday Queen Beaufort~ long may you reign!

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Beach, Birds, Boats & Boys

 

Harbor Island, a barrier island in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, is a private residential community, located between Charleston and Hilton Head Island.  Its three-mile stretch of beach is visited mostly by pelicans, herons, horseshoe crabs and is a nesting site for Loggerhead Sea Turtles.

 

 

 

 

A great beach for boys. . .

To see some boats. . .

 

To watch the birds. . .

 

To watch others watch the birds. . .

And a great place to:

“Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.” –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Blooms, Bees & Bliss

A few pink Rose of Sharon blooms~

 Providing a pop of color~

Attracting busy bees. . .

Buzzing from bloom to bloom. . .

In a state of pollen-collecting-bliss. . .

“Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement.”  ~Oliver Goldsmith

Wishing you a little bliss & amusement in your tasks :-)

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Garden Variety

 

 

A little garden stroll and the wonders of photo editing and I have more variety in my garden~

 

 

My peonies have finished blooming. . .I used Picasa’s soft focus & warmify effects, to create a new & dreamy flower image that I can enjoy, despite the fact that I can no longer enjoy their heady fragrance~

 

 

 

I’m easily entertained  experimenting . . .

 

 

 

 

My magnolia is just beginning to blossom ~

  

 

 

 

More peonies, using saturation, focal black & white, soft focus, warmify & sharpening ~

 

 

 

 The first hydrangea blooms~

 

 

 

Roses that are past their peak, look more romantic & less shabby, with all signs of black spot eliminated :-)

 

 

 

 My Oakleaf Hydrangea with soft focus, warmify, sepia, focal black & white~

 

 

 

Wishing you lots of garden variety~

 

 

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A Lakeside Picnic

 

Still a little cool for a pontoon picnic, we enjoyed a little waterside dining  instead. . .

 

 Some pasta salads~

A baguette~

A little fruit & cheese~

 

 A beverage with bubbles~

With glasses held in place by Steady Steaks~

No bees to buzz around us this early in the season, except the ones on the flatware & beverage bucket :-)

 I hope it’s picnic weather soon where you are :-)

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Happy Motoring

 

 

While our preferred method of exploring Key West was by foot, this 4 mile by 2 mile wide island is an ideal size to navigate by bike or scooter.

 

 

 

 

 Accessorizing your basket on your bike makes for happy motoring. . .

 

 

 

 As well as a colorful paint job on your scooter~

 

 

 

Bikes are even a convenient way to fish~

 

 

 And a great way to see the Wild Life on Duval Street. . .

 

 

 

 

Wishing you Happy Motoring and Safe Travels this Easter ~

 

 

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