30 Minutes in the Life: February 2020

If you are heading to Maine, take a bit of time to visit Ogunquit, found on the southern coast of Maine.  Lying between the Ogunquit River and the Atlantic Ocean, Ogunquit Beach is a long, sandy peninsula with grassy dunes.  There are also cliff walks with coastal view

While in town, take some time to look up the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.  I visited with a friend on an overcast and damp{ish} day.  The art is unique and interesting, the gardens are beautiful, and the view over the bay stunning.  The grass was a little waterlogged but we continued on through the gardens.  Here is my 30 minutes of the exterior visit the Ogunquit Museum.

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Henry Strater was the founder of this art gallery in 1953.  This art gallery houses over 3000 pieces of artwork – prints, photographs, paintings, drawings and sculptures.

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Current exhibits at the time of writing this blog include Kathleen Speranza, Emily Nelligan, Jo Sandman and Charles Woodbury, along with Art’s Ball: Wood Gaylor and American Modernism, The View from Narrow Cove, Bicentennial Ogunquit,  and Light Southerly:  Henry Strater in Verde Valley.

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If you are planning on visiting the Museum, remember that it is closed for the season.  Open hours are Daily, 10am – 5pm from May 1st to October 31st.

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Also make sure to check out the website for their photography policy 

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We  did meander through the interior of the museum before heading on to our next destination, Nubble Lighthouse.  Sadly the Lighthouse was under construction and was covered in green cladding preventing us from actually seeing the beauty of the lighthouse.  It was also raining and out stay there was not long.

Thank you for joining me for 30 Minutes in the Life, and for traveling with me through this this small but oh so interesting museum of art.  Look out for another travel blog at the end of the month.  This time we are heading to the rugged coast of Bar Harbor. 
Just a reminder that this is a circle blog.  We have a number of new ladies join the 30 minutes group, and I would encourage you to take some time to visit my very talented friend Jess from The Art of Adventures Photography and see what she has for you this month.  Check out her Facebook  and Instagram pages as well. 

Tell me a story: November 2018

Life is hectic, Thanksgiving has come and gone and the blog goes live tomorrow.  Work is gearing up to d-day in 10 days and so my time has become somewhat limited.  Christmas decorations need to go up this weekend and the blog needs to be done.

In all of this busyness, Richard, knowing that I needed some down time suggested we head to the beach to watch the sunrise and then go for breakfast, knowing that once I got home I had work to do.  He even chose to go to my favorite beach.

As most of you know early morning is really not my thing, but the moon was pretty cool this particular morning and as it has been for the rest of the week.  Last night I was able to identify Venus and Saturn floating around the moon.  I love this pier and the early morning sky was pretty spectacular as the sun was coming up.  This particular morning the reflections on the edge of the waves was pretty neat.

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I really wanted to finish up the Boston blog but that was not happening for me this week.  So the morning on the beach is what I have to offer.  I have to be honest Richard was right, I needed that time to decompress.

Thank you for joining me this month as we spend time sharing another day in our lives.  This is a circle blog.  Take some time to view what the other artists have for you this month.  Mindy Sauvageau  is up next and I can’t wait to read what she has to share.

 

Sharetographers: July 2015: Smooth

Sharetographers topic this month is smooth and for most of the group summer has been happening.  We have had guests from out of country and life has been a little hectic.  We have 24 days to my son getting married and about double that before my daughter leaves to join the Peace Corp and will be gone for at least 27 months.  Smooth probably is not what is happening now.

In the midst of all of that transition, we took a day at the beach with family who were in town from Australia, and it was great to chill and do nothing but float in the waves.  Did I say waves?  The water was smooth, reminded me of a pond, and attempting to use the paddle board as a surf board was a joke, but Amy gave it her best try.

I had a little point and shoot Cannon underwater camera and we went into the waves to play.

Here are my six images for the topic smooth.

Smooth waves

Attempting to get a partial under water and above water image.

Walking on smooth water

Walking on smooth water.  Amy gets the feel of what it is like to stand on a paddle board

Hanging out waiting to catch a wave.

Hanging out waiting to catch a wave.

Smooth waves with a paddle board as a surf board

The paddle board quickly becomes a  surf board but the water is like glass and not a lot was happening.

Just hanging out waiting for a wave.

Apparently surfing was not happening so she just floated in the waves for a while.

Smooth waves on a gorgeous beah day

Smooth waves on a gorgeous beah day

Take the rough with the smooth,

happy with the sad,

remember who you are,

and be grateful for what you have.

~bub

I am so very grateful for the family, they soothe my soul, bring calm in the disruption, and give me just a little taste of what home used to be like.  We are scattered across the continents and it looks like the scattering will go a little further when Amy leaves, but there is nothing that can replace family.  They are the very core of who you are.

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Project 10: January 2015: Glitter

Project 10 challenge this month was Glitter.  The first thing that always comes to mind is the sparkly stuff that you find on decorations that normally stick to you and is a pain to get off.  Not being a big fan of that kind of glitter I decided to Google the definition of glitter.
What is:
glit·ter
ˈɡlidər/
 
 1. verb  Shine with a bright, shimmering, reflected light. with the examples “Trees and grass glittered with dew”
 
2. noun bright, shimmering, reflected light, with the example the “blue glitter of the sea”
 
3.  “Tiny pieces of sparkling material used for decoration.
 
Most of you know by now that we are outdoor people, summer people, beach people, and I love to sleep in until 7:30 in the morning.  The only time I wake early is my days I go to work, and the days we are on the beach.  The days on the beach, I will wake up before the sun rises and make some coffee and head down to the beach.    Normally you are just getting the first rays of sun and the photo is fairly dark and grainy.  You will find the Plovers at the edge of the water looking for breakfast.  I enjoy watching the wave crash over as the sun sparkles on the droplets that rise from the pounding of the wave.
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Standing under the dock as the sun breaks the horizon is always a sense of awe for me, as the sun glitters on the water, shimmering brightly.
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The sand glistens with tiny radiant drops of light, gold in color.
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And among those glistening drops of light, a little friend slowly emerges out of his home, to a brand new day and a new adventure.
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I am easily drawn back to the beauty of the morning as the sun radiates off the surface of the water turning everything golden in color.
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Back to the little crab and up much closer .   He ventures out into the new day.  A day that is bright and warm.  The sun shining on it body, and the promise of a good day ahead.
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Of course he does have to watch out for the plover who is on a food mission at the edge of the water.  Crabs are fast though and if I moved a fraction he was back down his hole.
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It was a fascinating experience to watch him clean house.  Perhaps it was a her, but cleaning house was what it did.  Scooping up balls of shiny wet sand he would bring it from down in its house, up to the surface level of the of the beach sand.
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The day has begun, the sun is glinting on the water,  the surf is up, the waves are ready to challenge, and we are ready to play.
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The downside of this day was that the surfing experience cost Amy her Go Pro.  It was not fastened securely enough to withstand being dumped by a killer wave.  Ok so killer is a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the picture, scraping along the bed of the ocean while the Go Pro videos the fishes in the big big ocean.
“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach,in every grain of sand,
there is the story of the the earth”
~ Rachel Carson
I hope that you enjoyed my interpretation of glitter – the shimmering, reflected light.
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