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Archive for January, 2014

2014/031: Palm Leaf


2014/030: Green & Purple

One of my favorite color combinations…


2014/029: Hang In There

Found this little flower hanging upside down from a hanging basket at the Arboretum last summer…


2014/028: Armadillo

Would you believe I’ve lived in Texas for over 16 years and have never (to my recollection) seen a live armadillo? The ones I have seen, have all been squished by the side of the road… Spotted this little guy (or gal?) on our way back from Fort Pickett. and luckily I had my camera ready and was able to get a few pictures through the car window.


2014/027: Good-Bye Beach

One last look before we had to pack up and head back home to Texas…

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2014/026: Still At The Beach

Wish I’d never have to leave…

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2014/025: At The Beach

I could spend all day there…

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2014/024: Birds On The Beach (2)

These little guys were so cute, and so much fun to watch as they ran toward the water, had a little snack, and then ran away as the waves came in….and then did it all over again. Not sure what kind of birds they are, sandpipers??

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2014/023: Birds On The Beach (1)

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Sara wanted to chase this one…probably not a good idea!
(Taken with my iPhone)
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2014/022: Langdon Beach

Of course we had to stop when we saw the beach access sign ๐Ÿ˜‰

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2014/021: Fort Pickens Favorites

My three favorite shots from Fort Pickens

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2014/020: Fort Pickens

Not much to do on Christmas when you’re travelling and not visiting family…and everything is closed, so we decided to check out nearby Fort Pickens

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White Christmas
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Lost in thought or bored? I’m going with bored ๐Ÿ˜‰
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2014/019: Christmas Sunrise

A beautiful sunrise at the beach is the next best thing to a white Christmas (to me anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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2014/018: Sand Art

Both by Sara, although she had a little help from me finding seashells for the heart. Had to work quickly so it wouldn’t get washed away before it was finished.

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2014/017: Christmas Eve Sunset

Pensacola Beach is ideal for sunrise AND sunset shots!ย 

View from our room…time to head down to the beach…
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Margaritaville Beach Hotel at sunset
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2014/016: A Walk On The Beach

Ripples in the sand
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Looking for seashells
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2014/015: Christmas Eve Sunrise

I always wake up really, really early, and if you’re at a hotel right on the beach, what better to do than bundle up and head out into the cold to photograph the sunrise? It was just me, myself and I that morning.

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And the view from our room….a bit after the sunrise, and after breakfast and a hot cup of coffee or two to warm up
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2014/014: Christmas In Florida

During our summer vacation in Florida, we decided that we would come back when the kids were off for winter break. One was excited, the other one….not so much (but she had to come with us anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
We decided on Pensacola Beach, even though it wouldn’t be warm enough to swim. It was COLD and WINDY, with temperatures in the low 30’s in the morning, and probably around 50 in the afternoon, but it was still beautiful, and the cold certainly didn’t stop us from venturing out for walks on the beach. Sara often came with me very early in the morning, to take pictures of the sunrise, and look for seashells. Melissa on the other hand didn’t go out unless we didn’t leave her any other choice (that’s teenagers for ya ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

These photos were all from our first day (Dec.23)

Holiday Inn Express, Pensacola Beach. As you can see, the hotel is right on the beach, and best of all, ALL their rooms have a Gulf front view!
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The view from our room
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Of course we didn’t waste any time to get down to the beach!
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Just a hint of sunset colors
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2014-013: Twirl



2014/012: Dahlia


2014/011: A Walk At Sunrise


2014/010: Walking In A Winter Wonderland

Well…..not exactly.
We spent Christmas in Pensacola Beach Florida and it was really cold, with temperatures in the 30’s in the morning, and in the 40’s (possibly in the low 50’s) and really windy. But this isn’t snow, it’s a snowy-white beach.


2014/009: In The Pond


2014/008: Gardenia

One of my favorite flowers… it smells heavenly!