Magical

Inspired by Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63: Magical

 

Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.

Nora Roberts

 

During two visits to Vermont’s Shelburne Museum this summer, I kept gravitating back to this pond. One of many beautiful spots on the 45 acre campus. I’d walk by and then double back as the light shifted throughout the day. I took photo after photo, each shot just a bit different from the one before.

At one point, as if out of nowhere, a family of ducks glided across…and then…disappeared.

Magical.

magical pond

 
A few years ago I felt the pull to another favorite place…the ocean’s edge…late afternoon. In November when the beach was nearly deserted. The sun sinking.

I was lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time.

Magical.

hampton beach magic

 

Photo a Week – Beauty

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week – Beauty

 

The full moon of November 14 is not only the closest full moon of 2016 but also the closest full moon to date in the 21st century. The full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034. (NASA)

 

From October through December 2016 I lived across the street from the Atlantic Ocean. It was off season and uncrowded. We were renting a condo with a small balcony…and a stunning view. Sunrises. Sunsets.

And one day…a Supermoon.

The moon’s visibility began the day before…November 13, 2016, when I took this photo. At the time, I didn’t realize how rare the event really was.

It was the closest full supermoon since January 26, 1948.

If I had been living in our former home – well inland – I probably would have missed it. At the beach, however, cars pulled in to the parking lot across the street. Spectators lined up along the edge to watch. Throughout the afternoon and into the evening.
Drawing my attention as well.

Beauty from the balcony…

11-13-2016
The Supermoon Begins
November 13, 2016
4:32 pm ET

 

 

Photo a Week – Meme-worthy photos

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week – Meme-worthy photos

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) THAT WOULD MAKE A GREAT MEME BACKGROUND.

 

I caught this late afternoon peaceful scene one cold day in December.
Even the seagulls seemed to stand still.

I used the image to highlight one of my favorite quotes…

meme pink beach with text

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Another day – at the same beach, looking behind me…
This time sunny and windy.
The blue sky a potential background for a word or two or three…
Any suggestions?

I welcome your ideas for text for this possible meme-worthy photo…

meme kites

 

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Layer

This post inspired by Frank at Dutch goes the Photo

The prompt: Layer

One very windy November afternoon in 2016…

Layer upon layer of loud angry waves crashed toward shore
Lining up one right after the other…
Relentless.

Matching rhythm with my steps
As I paced up and down the beach
That day.

Head down bracing for the gusts
As I pounded through the sand
Relentless.

Trying to make sense
Of the path ahead.

 

wave layers
November 8, 2016
Hampton Beach, NH

 

Photo a Week – On the Horizon

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week: A Photo a Week Challenge – On the Horizon

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF HORIZONS (PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, OR OTHERWISE).

Walking along the boardwalk one day in late October.
Late morning. Sun is shining. The beach is deserted.
Found a seat on an empty bench.

What a sight.
Banks of fluffy white clouds cushioning the horizon…
…where ocean meets the sky.

horizon hampton beach

A Photo a Week Challenge: Reflection

Nancy Merrill Photography is hosting a photo challenge:

The theme this week is: Reflection.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) OF REFLECTIONS.

Two years ago my husband and I rented a small condo across the street from a short stretch of the Atlantic Ocean. It was only for 3 months while waiting. Waiting to sell our house. Waiting for our new condo to be finished. So we could move on to the next phase of our lives.

My favorite part of that hectic time was walking up and down the beach in the late afternoon. Especially at low tide. It was off season (October through December) and I often had that stretch of beach to myself. It was glorious.

Peaceful alone time.

At 3:58 pm – on December 1st – I caught these moments.
The setting sun reflecting off sand…sky…clouds and surf.

Here are three photos in sequence – taken within 2 minutes…
(with my iPhone)

reflection
Hampton Beach, NH

 

reflection 2
Hampton Beach, NH

 

reflection 1
Hampton Beach, NH