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.

You can see responses from other bloggers here:  https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2018/08/11/lens-artists-photo-challenge-patterns

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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.

Blue Sky

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. 

Blue Beach

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

To see responses from other bloggers, please click here:  https://pilotfishblog.com/2018/08/04/lens-artists-photo-challenge-blue/

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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.

Beach Buddies

Here’s my original picture…

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

To see entries from other bloggers, please click here: https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge – Cooling

Our prompt this week from Ann-Christine is “cooling”.  And since it was a beautiful beach weekend all we needed to keep cool was an umbrella and a chair.

Out For A Swim

Children in the Water

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You can find out more about the weekly challenge here:      https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/

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Last Look at July 4

To finish up my series on the 4th of July, here are some of my favorite photos.

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Seagull in the Wind

Continuing the 4th of July series….

While huddled under the umbrella during the brief rainstorm, I noticed a seagull behind us.  He was valiantly trying to get from point A to point B with no success at all.  The wind took him up as he tried to fly down, down when he tried to fly up but always, always backward as he tried to fly forward.  

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Oh how he struggled and my heart went out to him.  Luckily the storm didn’t last long and he was able to fly off.  It was only when I was looking back through the pictures from that day that I noticed something strange and when I enlarged the pictures I saw that the seagull had a Cheeto is his bill and had managed to hold onto it the entire time he was struggling against the wind.  

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Now that’s determination!

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The Boys vs The Girls

In the south, we are used to high humidity and late afternoon showers.  The showers usually don’t last long though so we’re able to get back out quickly to our golf game, beach chair or backyard picnic.

The 4th of July was no different.  We hadn’t been on the beach long when we could see a rain storm coming in from the ocean.  Everyone on the beach lowered their umbrellas and huddled under them to wait out the storm.  It lasted about 5 or 10 minutes and then the sun came back out and it was a glorious day.

Let me correct something.  I should say that most people waited out the storm under their umbrellas.  

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These young men were seen hurrying away to get out of the rain.  They did not come back.

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These young women huddled under one of the boardwalks and were back on the beach as soon as the rain stopped.

The girls win this round of “Beach Survivors”.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge – Wonder

I’ve been participating in the WordPress Photo Challenges for over two years and was very disappointed to hear that WordPress was no longer going to host the weekly challenge.  The challenges provided an opportunity for bloggers and photographers to discover each other and share our work.  And I’ve picked up lots of tips and ideas for new projects.     

Luckily, four wonderful bloggers – photographer/artists – have taken up the “challenge” so to speak and will take turns hosting the challenge each week.  They are –

Week 1 – Patti of https://pilotfishblog.com/
Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya of https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/
Week 3 – Amy of https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/
Week 4 – Tina of https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/

This week, Patti has given us the prompt “wonder”.  We’ve been asked to create a post that captures a moment, a feeling, a place, a person—that fills us with wonder.

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The beach is that place for me.  I visit at least three or four days a week.  Sometimes hubby and I spend the day under the umbrella with sandwiches and watermelon for lunch and sometimes I walk alone.  Sometimes, it’s the clouds and the sky that capture my attention.  Sometimes it’s the birds and some days it’s the children playing in the sand and surf.  

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Regardless of the circumstances, each visit I leave calm, relaxed and uplifted, filled with wonder at the day spent at the beach.

Walking the Beach

To see responses from other bloggers, click here:  https://pilotfishblog.com/2018/07/07/lens-artists-weekly-photo-challenge-wonder/

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Fire Prevention

These firemen drew beach duty on the 4th of July.

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Sunday Beach Day

Sunday was a beach day for us although we thought we were going to get rained out.  

Clouds From the West

View from the west

Catamaran at Litchfield

View from the east

Luckily, the storm missed us and we were able to enjoy the day.

You can see more of my photography here: photographyinpearls.photoshelter.com