Posted on September 30, 2015
August and September came and went in a blur and I am so behind with everything. However, the time has been sweet, rich and full, but it has also been bittersweet. In August we had Cameron’s wedding, and I had a lot of hard work up to and including the day of the event. The event however, was amazing and it was so good to see both Cameron and Kathryn with great big grins on their faces. We then had a weeks vacation which was so enjoyable because Amy came to join us for the week. The bittersweet side of that was within the coming week she would leave us to go and live in Macedonia. It was really hard to say goodbye to both children in one month. Cameron was less of a permanent goodbye since he lives about 20 minutes from us, Amy was a lot harder. It is not a 4 hour drive anymore. That is the downside of children growing up and parents getting older. Thank goodness for Skype. I have managed to have two conversations already with Amy, got to meet her host parent and grandparent, and felt a little more at ease.
This month my blog session comes from our weeks vacation. We headed to Flagler Beach, in Florida, USA. Tell me a Story is about any given day in the month that you wish to share. Day 2 was my choice for Tell me a Story. If you want to read about Day 1 click here.
Day 2 was filled with lots of memories. As you know, waking up in the morning is not one of my favorite things to do, however, on vacation I stagger out in the dark, make a cup of coffee, pick up my camera bag (which is prepared the night before), grab my chair and head to the the beach. Below is the early morning sunrise on Day 2.
Breakfast was had, Richard went to ride his bike and I cleaned house – seems like something was wrong with this picture. Amy eventually dragged herself out of bed and off to the beach we went.
The clouds gathered and we headed back to the campsite to wait out the cloud burst. Once that had finished I picked up my macro lens and went for a walk. My objective was rain drops.
The day was drawing to a close. Dinner was a barbecue, and we were just sitting around chatting when we noticed the changing sky. Quickly we gathered up our camera’s and went up onto the boardwalk one site away from us.
Sunset to the west
I feel like so much was packed into today. They are memories I want to hold on tight to.
Thank you for joining me for this month’s Tell me a Story. This is a circle blog. Please take time to visit my friend Renee Marcov/Oregon Coast and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month.
Look out for the rest of the week coming up soon.
Posted on September 28, 2015
Summer in South Florida is hot. I mean really hot. Sticky, humid, sweaty kind of hot. Fortunately I grew up with that kind of weather in Durban, South Africa. We are beach people. We love the ocean. We love to be able to do things that involve water. I love the smell of coconut oil and to be able to rest and read.
Every September we take a weeks vacation to the beach. This summer we chose to go back to Flagler Beach in Florida, USA. We typically wait until after the school holidays have finished, when the campsites are empty and the beach hardly has anyone on it. I love it. I have this whole beach to myself. Well sort of. This year we had a lot of fishermen sitting directly in my spot. Not cool guys to stagger yourselves wide enough apart not to allow anyone to get inbetween. That said, I was happy to walk along the beach to get a new spot each day.
This trip was going to be different. Amy was joining us. This was her second last week with us and so she spent the weekend with her boyfriend and friends, and came through on the Monday to join us and stay for her birthday on the Friday morning. Friday afternoon she headed back to say her last goodbye to her boyfriend.
My 30 minutes comes from Amy and my first walk down onto the beach. We did a little bit of “beach” photography as opposed to “street” photography.
We literally walked 100 paces to the board walk from our campsite. From the top of the boardwalk we spotted these two little girls playing at the waters edge. They were so sweet.
As Amy and I headed down, I tried to attempt to capture those last fun moments to hold onto while she is away.
These two little girls played oblivious of who else was on the beach, laughing and running to and from the waves. While it may look like they are alone on the beach, the grandmother was very close by. This was innocence at its very best.
I could not help but take a few more shots of Amy. She is part of my heart and I know I am going to miss her so much.
A lady and her pooch soon joined us on the beach, and these little guys had a blast running all over the sand.
The parade of the feathered variety looks promising for the week ahead. Hopefully, I will be able to get the parade of Pelicans as they pass over.
I also managed to find an interesting looking bug. Apparently, this is a Cicada. According to a comment on my photo the cicadas live in the ground as pupae. They emerge after 17 yrs to grow into what you see in the photo.
And a different perspective of it which I really like, but some may find a little creepy.
Last two of these little girls playing in the ocean.
I hope we get to see them again later in the week. And one last pic of Amy before I close off.
This time with Amy has been a real blessing. I cannot believe we are down to the wire and counting the days. At this point in time we have 11 days and counting. Ugh a mother heart.
Since this week, Amy has left and after 24 hours traveling, orientation, more traveling, texting me at 4am to let me know she was in Austria, she finally arrived in Macedonia. She has spent 1 week with 50 other Peace Corp volunteers being oriented to the way of life in the Peace Corp and in Macedonia. As of today she will travel in a smaller group of about 10 to one of the largest cities in Macedonia, where she will stay with a host family for 3 months while she is in training. At the end of 3 months she will be posted to her area for the next 2 years.
While this is not part of my 30 minutes, this was my plan for the week.
Thank you for joining me for this month’s 30 minutes. This is a circle blog. Please take time to visit my friend, Stacey Markel Photography | Maryland Family & Child Photographer and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month.
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Click here, for Day 2 of our vacation.
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