Moon Night

Last night was International Watch the Moon Night.  It’s a worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration held annually since 2010.  

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There were hundreds of events scheduled around the world but my capture is from the back deck of my daughter’s home.  

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Foam Beach

Foam Beach

The surf was white foam yesterday.

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Cee’s Black and White Challenge – Trees

This week Cee has chosen trees as our prompt for the challenge.

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A trip to the zoo at Brookgreen Gardens ended suddenly when the rain began to fall.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists – Path

This week Tina has chosen “path” as our prompt for the challenge.  

I have several paths that I take on a regular basis.  One, of course, is to work and back.  I live about two miles from work but despite that short commute, I no longer seem able to get there by 8 each morning.  

My other regular paths are longer – a 1 1/2 hour trip to Charleston each month for a doctor’s appointment and to visit family, a 2 hour trip to Summerville each month to visit family and a 4 hour trip each month to North Augusta to visit more family.

The trips can be quite monotonous even with my Ipod shuffling through my playlist but since I’ve taken up photography, everything – and I mean everything – that I see from my window seems so much more interesting than it did before.  I keep my camera next to me and will stop at a moment’s notice to take a photo of something that caught my attention.  It could be a church, an abandoned building or just the way the sun comes through the trees.  

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I’ve driven this road for many years and always thought the incline and curve of this stretch of road was interesting and graceful.  And with this beautiful sky on this trip, I decided to turn off of it onto the frontage road for a better look.

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I wonder who is Bobby and Jamie and why are their names written on the support beams on a stretch of highway out in the middle of no where.  Or is it possible that Bobby and Jamie also had a love for angles and curves like me?  Do their parents know where they’ve been?  Do they have a curfew?  Am I being silly or crazy and putting too much thought into this?

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And why is this frontage road even here when there is nothing at the end of the road?  It did give me something to think about for the last hour of the trip though.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists – Colorful

Tina of Travels and Trifles is hosting the challenge this week and she has asked us to show color – to recognize and appreciate the joy that color brings to each of us.

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In February 2017 I was diagnosed with Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) with second stage liver damage.  It’s unknown what causes the disease and there is no cure.  It’s devastating news and you might wonder how this applies to joyful color.

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In search of answers, I found and was accepted in a 72 week drug study being done at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).  The study involves taking twice daily medication (drug or placebo) and traveling to MUSC on a regular basis for bloodwork and scans.  I’m nearing the end of the study and while the study probably won’t help my situation, I feel better knowing that I’m doing something about my disease and will probably participate in other planned studies.

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I can’t say enough about MUSC and the fantastic staff.  And MUSC is doing more than just treating patients.  They have taken one block in their campus and are turning it into a green space.  I’ve been taking photos at each visit and plan to put them together in a book when finished.  It’s only in phase 1 now but it’s already a beautiful space with lots of color.

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At one visit I found the planters along the edges of the space full of colorful pinwheels.  You can see them more clearly in the photo above with the two women enjoying the space and the sun.

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So thank you MUSC and staff for bringing color and joy into each patient that walks through your doors.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Everyday Moments

This week our challenge is to share photos of those everyday moments in our life.  

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Morning Commute…

The TV was on as I was reading Amy’s challenge and a Planet Earth episode was on.  I’m always fascinated by any nature show and it’s interesting how much animals are just like us so today I’m sharing some of their everyday moments.

Kids Off to School

Getting the Kids Off to School….

Bath Time

Bath Time…

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Lunch time…

Babysitting

Babysitting…

Wood Stork Congregation

Bed time…

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Lens-Artists Challenge – Patterns

This week Ann-Christine has given us the prompt of patterns.  My choices this week all come courtesy of Mother Nature.

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The tide was going out as we got to the beach and we set up shop directly behind a small tide pool.  The tide pool was a favorite gathering place as small children played in it, the balls from a bocche game ended up in it and the birds came to check it out also.  

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I had watched this seagull for quite some time as he tried and failed to catch dinner.  So I was just as excited to see him catch his meal as I was to capture the shot.

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This gull was afraid to get his wings wet.  He would venture out into the surf but immediately turn around as the next wave came in so I’m not quite sure how he expected to eat that night.  But the pattern and colors under his wings are beautiful.

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Lens-Artist Challenge – Blue

For this week’s challenge, Patti has asked us to share out interpretation of blue – whether it’s the time of day, the color or the mood.

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The beach is different every day.  The sky can be any color imaginable.  The surf can quietly lay down or thunder as the waves hit the beach.  Sometimes the air is so still and oppressive that it’s unbearable without the shade of an umbrella and sometimes the wind blows so hard that the grains of sand pellet you mercilessly.   So there’s always a sense of anticipation as you walk through the access to see the mood of the beach that day. 

Blue Sunset

The most vivid colors of the sky are at sunrise and sunset.  I’m not a morning person at all so sunrise photos are a rarity for me.  This photo was taken at Huntington Beach State Park.  I had gone there to get photos of the birds coming home to roost and stayed to watch the last traces of the sun. 

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This last photo is my latest Photoshop effort.  I would play with it 24/7 if I could.  It’s definitely blue!

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Lens-Artists – Soft

This week, Tina is hosting the challenge and she has asked us to show our interpretation of soft.  Many thoughts came to mind but I was just back from a visit with my oldest and her family and already missing the hugs and kisses from my youngest grandson.  

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He’s almost 2 1/2 now and much more interested in showing me his cars, trucks and tricycle than snuggling and cuddling – although we still snuggle close together in the rocking chair when reading – and thank goodness, he loves to read!

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So for now, I’ll try to get in as much snuggling time as possible and cherish the memories as he grows up.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Time to Relax

Amy at shareandconnect.wordpress.com gives us this week’s prompt – “time to relax”.

Between working 50 – 60 hours a week, blogging, taking classes and running to doctors appointments, I have little time to just sit and relax.  But despite that, living at the beach makes it simple for me to follow Amy’s suggestion.  

The beach is less than a mile from home and work so it’s easy to grab my camera and pop over to the beach for a quick walk before heading home.  And with the soft light at that time of day, I always get a beautiful, calming shot.

And on the weekends, hubby and I get the chairs, umbrella and towels together and we sit at the water’s edge for a couple of hours.  Watching the tide come in and roll out, seeing the children playing in the surf and watching the sun setting is the best prescription for what ails you.

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Here’s my original picture…

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and here’s my edited version after last week’s Photoshop class.

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