Little Sand Village By The Sea (#344)

Our life memories

Are built on

Moments.

All we truly own.

Fleeting, simple,

Alive.

 

Little Sand Village By The Sea

the Little Sand Village by the Sea

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created for this little boy

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reveled in the warmth and light of the Sun

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watched the sea dance as the day wore on

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as the waves roared and dipped and crept closer and closer

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enjoyed life in the present, the now!

 

The little sand village by the sea,

Created in a day; gone in a day,

A brief moment made rich

By memories.

 

Ever Grateful,

Annie

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Secret Beach #3 On The Mendocino Coast (#343)

One of my favorite adventures on the north coast of California is finding secret beaches.  Known to a few lucky souls or known to many;  what makes them secret is the absence of a sign pointing the way.  Not even one of those “coastal access” signs that dot Highway 1.

Secret beach #3 is a black sand beach.  Its only means of approach is a hidden stairway from the headlands above.  Or one could venture along from another beach only during an unusually low tide.

I enjoyed a day of wonder on my secret beach and a smart little creature near the tide mark.

 

My first black sand beach

My first black sand beach

 

Looking south

Looking South

 

Looking North

Looking North

 

Sea Rock Window

Sea Rock Window

 

Migrating birds nest on these rock islands

Migrating birds nest on these rock islands

 

Walking back along the tide mark I came across a little rock crab probably washed to shore by the last wave.  On my approach it raised its claws to protect itself.

Taking a defensive stand

Taking a defensive stand

 

Each day I venture outdoors, not once do I think “ah, this is what I will encounter today.” I do, however, venture forth with a sense of excitement and awe.

I am always rewarded!

Ever Grateful,

Annie

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Saturday Evening Bath, Bird-Style (#342)

On a Saturday evening beach walk, I spied a flock of sea gulls bathing in Wages Creek just a few feet from where it enters into the Pacific.

The wonder of a telephoto lens is that I can now observe wildlife from a “safe” distance.  The gulls were aware but not wary of my presence some 50 feet away.

 

Bathing in the Creek

Bathing in the Creek

Flying to a nearby rock to “dry off ” in the warm sun.

Landing on the sunning rock

Landing on the sunning rock

 

Hangin’ with their Buds in the evening sun

 

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All tuckered out and ready for bed

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Opening A Whole New World (#341)

A new telephoto zoom camera lens is changing my life.

What once just looked like a big uninhabited rock some 300 yards out in Caspar Cove now proves to be a setting for a rich array of sea life.

Here, sea gulls squawk at cormorants for invading their territory.  Below right, a harbor seal looks like it’s kicking up its “heels” in pure joy!

 

My very first photo with a new lens.

My very first photo with a new lens.

 

Ever Grateful,

Annie

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Street Life (Weekly Photo Challenge 3/28/14)

One autumn I discovered a joyous little city in the heart of Middle America: Independence, Kansas.

The town’s bustling main street celebrates family values with bronze sculptures on every street corner.

 

Street Life in Independence, Kansas

Independence Street Life

 

Ever Grateful,

Annie

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Reflection (Weekly Photo Challenge 3/24/14)

My contribution to the weekly photo challenge from the daily post at WordPress:

 

Reflection: meditation, contemplation, musing

Reflection:
meditation, contemplation, musing

 

I discovered this beautiful wood carving at Sacred Wood, a local importer of Asian statuary in Noyo Harbor.  It felt just right for this week’s theme.

Ever Grateful,

Annie

 

 

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Secret Beach #2 On The Mendocino Coast (#340)

Secret beach #2 is hidden away at a private campground where access is gained only by being a  paying guest.

 

Or a Seagull!

Or a Seagull!

 

 

A wide open Beach

A wide open beach that goes on and on!

 

 

Rocky shore mountain vista

Rocky shore; mountain vista

 

 

Remote and Peaceful

Remote and Wild

 

An RV or tent site for a night, weekend or week can lead to exploring (at low tide) some very interesting secluded coves along this several miles long beach.

Turn a corner; you're in your own private world!

Turn a corner; you’re in your own private world

 

 

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aaahhh………ooommm 

 

Ever Grateful,

Annie

 

 

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Nature’s Artwork: Ephemeral, Magnificent, Priceless (#339)

Always changing,

One of a kind,

Surreal.

Stop, look,

Sink in,

Catch your breath

In awe.

Created by water, wind, sand, and light

Created by water, wind, sand, and light

 

A fleeting look

A fleeting look

 

At Nature's artwork

At Nature’s artwork

 

Another gift from the sea

 

Ever Grateful,

Annie

 

 

 

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Secret Beach #1 On The Mendocino Coast (#338)

Secret: not known or meant to be known by others.

From the Headland

From the Headland

That’s an apt descriptor for this beach: secret.  No signs point the way.  No one advertises it.

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Not a Soul in Sight!

But, ah, the magnificence of it.  Best of all is finding yourself alone in this wonderland in this tiny corner of the world with the ocean pounding its way to you wave after wave after wave.

A Rocky Coast

A Rocky Coast

This is my favorite way to meditate; a visual and auditory walking meditation.

Waves making Patterns in the Sand

Waves making Patterns in the Sand

A Sandpiper flock joins me.  Wildlife always welcome!

Sand Pipers Foraging

Sand Pipers Foraging

Highway 1 is way off to the north.

Due North

Due North

An ever-changing scene.

Blue on Blue

Blue on Blue

Making a fleeting impression.

My Solitary Soles!

My Solitary Soles!

Ever Grateful,

Annie

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Lookout At Chicken Point (#337)

In the days before sophisticated weather instruments, seafarers from the town would rise early and climb to a vantage point above Noyo Harbor to see what the sea had in store for them.

On these bluffs the fishermen of Fort Bragg made the decision.  A sea as smooth as glass was a good day.  Constant waves meant high swells and rough going on open waters.

 

Whether to go out on open water or stay in the harbor

Whether to go out on open water or stay in the harbor

 

The sea would tell them if it was safe or

The sea would tell them if it was a good day to venture out

 

Or stay safe on land and “chicken out”

 

And so this bluff came to be known as Chicken Point

And so, this bluff came to be known as Chicken Point

 

With rough seas and high swells this was a day to “chicken out.”

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