It is so fun to watch little ones at the beach for the first time. Shock and awe and giggling and twirling (after the initial shock of getting tossed over that is). Mom's are ever on the watch lest they become waterlogged. Often seen are somersaults by the older ones... Still giggling and twirling and lots of time purposefully being 'rolled' by the gentle waves. Yay for waves!
Lemons, lemons, lemons. Always have them in the fridge. Just smelling them transports with energy and a most amazing aroma that awakens the senses.
Sometimes we get lucky and are pleasantly bestowed some from friends. It's our goal to definitely turn our front porch with abundant sunshine and just the right amount of resting shade into a sort of citrus orchard of sorts. I found some pots online that self-water as I don't want to have to water them manually or set-up a drip system.
Three single huge pots, one with lemons, limes and oranges. We keep talking about it anyway. In the meantime, happy to have our friends supply us with their leftovers.
I am obviously a beach lover (water in general really), but then who isn't right. Even though I live close to several of them, it's just not always possible to get the shot that stopped you in your tracks for whatever reason. It's especially difficult when children are involved. Speed of light and all that...
Which brings me to my point... Here's a big shout out to a great friend and photographer who just happens to live by beaches as well(on the Atlantic side) and also does a lot of traveling. Once again Claudia, thanks so much for allowing me to use your incredible photography as references! And btw, her husband Peter is a great photographer as well.
We have had some wonderful rains here in Cali. We still need so much more to even come near to ending the drought, but the mountains are alive with green carpeting and gorgeous flowers we haven't seen for some time. It's a glorious Spring for blossoms!
Beach umbrellas are an absolute essential part of a day at the beach
when you're going to be hanging around for hours (hopefully plein air
painting). I have two that can really dig into the sand and hold their
own with the wind, can be easily shifted as the sun moves along in the
day and foldable as well. There's always an abundant supply of them
lining the water's edge. It's makes the day even more pleasurable, if
that's possible, to see all of the bright and happy colors.
This vase sits on my bedroom dresser. The early morning light was shining through the window and I noticed this brilliant, gorgeous amber color that I have to admit, I hadn't seen at any other moment. Kind of a 'in the right place at the right time' thing. I grabbed my camera, thankfully got some good shots as it was changing so fast and promptly proceeded to the easel with that surreal feeling and it fresh in my mind. I certainly 'see' it diffidently every time I look at it now.