Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A little beach time . . .



"Every time I stand before a beautiful beach,
its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose
the simple things and find joy in nature's
simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard."

- Roxas- Mendoza


Well, I haven't been here regularly lately . . . it's summer.

Summer means the house is a little busier, everyone is home,
and I'm finding it hard to be at the computer as much.

And that's a problem because I'm still taking photos,
and waaaay behind in editing.

And honestly, although I'm not unhappy, life just seems a little hard lately for many reasons
and when that happens I seem to want to spend a lot of quiet time on my front porch.
...at least until the mosquitoes drive me away.

We have managed to make it to the beach a few times in the last few weeks,
and gosh do I love spending time there!




This particular day, you could actually walk on the shore. This has been a record year for seaweed,
but you won't find me complaining about that. 


It's always fun to learn something new....you know those little holes along the shore where you see bubbles coming out of? Well, this is what lives in there, ghost shrimp.



And it's always fun to dig for sand crabs and watch them bury themselves again. They bury back in backwards so that they can use their antennae to feed.


The seagulls watch me carefully . . . 


And I learned a lesson...make sure the sea critters have buried themselves fully before standing back up
or they become snacks.



I wanted to let you know that I have not forgotten about my monarch series, I promise, and hope to
get that back on track soon. I have been sharing some short videos on instagram though and you can find me at kimatpickingpoppies.

And I almost forgot . . . It's my turn over at Focusing On Life today . . .and I'm exploring the possibility
that what we see through the lens might involve metaphors for our lives....join me?

Until next time,
Love, Kim





27 comments:

Beverly said...

LOVE your first beach image...simply dreamy and full of light and hope!! Love it! It is so good to have summer here once again, and I enjoy sitting on the porch also. It's a nice place to be. Love the seagull shadow photo!! Have a wonderful week Kim! (I'm not blogging much these days either).

Tamar SB said...

Oooo the beach, looks so lovely. I used to love digging up sand crabs as a kid!

Gail Dixon said...

It's good to get by yourself and be quiet at times. Lovely photos, as usual. Take care, Kim.

Dotti said...

Oh, my, Kim! As if my beach fever wasn't raging already, you have stoked the fires. We're later than usual this year due to the long school year {too many snow days} and I am impatiently waiting for the next 3 and a half weeks to be done so I can go find 'my' beach. Glorious photos.

augcott said...

Just the word "beach" perks me up and makes me smile!
Wonderful post!!!!!
diane @ thoughs and shots

you-wee because said...

" And that's a problem because I'm still taking photos,
and waaaay behind in editing."

--> That could have been my sentence, too...!!! ;-)

I took so many photos within the last weeks, but I've found nearly no time to rework and to post them - at least some of them.
Maybe in my next life... ;-))

Great beach shot and well chosen words...

Uwe.

Lisa Gordon said...

Your beach photographs are beautiful, Kim.
It looks like the perfect place to be for some "me" time.

Sheila said...

So beautiful! You've captured some amazing images!

jmeyersforeman said...

I love your beach shots, wonderful shadows of the seagulls, that would be my favourite!

Pat said...

Beautiful beach photos.

Evelyn S. said...

I keep expecting you to change your blog title....to something about butterflies or Monarchs or milkweed or something! :-) I follow you on Instagram and so enjoy your foray into videos.

Deanna said...

Always love your beach shots and your critters. I am sure that life is a little busier with the kids out of school, but I bet you are lovin' it. Hope Sam is doing OK!!

June Caedmon said...

So glad to see a post from you, Kim. I miss them, truly I do. I absolutely LOVE that last shot of the seagulls against the sky ! and the little sand crab. . . glad you taking time to porch sit. It's one of my favorite past times :)

Patricia said...

What a great shoreline the first photo is so magical !

Becs said...

Gorgeous beach images. I hope things ease up a bit soon - enjoy the time on your porch, those photos will wait for editing. :)

Cathy said...

I love your beach walks!

Sarah Huizenga said...

Ah yes, the beach. I LOVE IT!!

Brenda said...

Love that first image - its soft toning and calm, peaceful feeling. Your beach series always inspire as I live in a land-locked are far from any shoreline. Enjoy your porch time - sometimes that is exactly what we need.

Kelly Kardos said...

What pretty beach photos Kim. Not a cloud in the sky. Sea gulls are silly and VERY sneaky characters!

Michelle B said...

Summer is suppose to be leisurely, but it does get crazy busy sometimes doesn't it? Thank you for taking me to the beach today. Walking on the beach is one of my favorite things. Your images are beautiful and I love the quote. Have a great weekend.

Anita Johnson said...

I thought of you last night...after not seeing one monarch last summer, I found 2 caterpillars on our milkweed! Very exciting. our milkweed is beautiful this year, I hope it is a sign of good things to come!

Cathy H. said...

Beautiful beach shots! I love the little critters you've found. I didn't know about the ghost shrimp, very interesting! Having just returned from the beach, this makes me miss it even more!

Liz said...

Beautiful summer images Kim! I love those gulls with the dark heads.

I loved your post at FOL too!

Linda R said...

Such wonderful beach photos. I LOVE the beach. I do believe the beach is good for the soul.. I been loving your photos on IG..

Hugs~

Vicki Boster said...

Ahhh the beach -- Id love to be there right now -- your photos are stunning!

Wonderful news dear Kim -- you are the winner of my vintage Margaret Smith purse -- can you please email me with your mailing address?

xoxo
Vicki

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

There are nanny who are fighting the blogging blahs. You seem to be doing right by simply taking it as it comes. Happy summer.

Sharon Collins said...

All of these are wonderful and I adore that first shot. Great work.

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