Wednesday, April 23, 2014


113::365 ~ 2014::16/52

after another long work day,
this was heavenly...

earlier....taken by the man

work with a little help

he joined me at the beach

the man

sea with grasses

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

beach walk

beach walk

beach walk

beach walk

beach walk

beach walk

beach walk

beach walk

that was relaxing!

Monday, April 21, 2014

easter monday


my daughter and I once spent
easter week in spain....

where it is a week-long event
that stretches through the monday after.

I thought of that today when we went to mom's for a late easter dinner,
of her favorite salmon and roasted asparagus...

along with french-style potato salad
that I had made for our community gathering on sunday.

as always, she just beamed when we arrived,
she gave karma her treat and watched karma exploring all the corners....

as we sat chatting, E and I gave each other affectionate looks,
and mom asked what was the joke she was missing.

E replied that we were flirting,
mom grinned and told us to carry on...

after dinner, we played scrabble
and had some fun trying to make up words with our random letters.



an extra special easter monday too...
today was the birthday of my good friend and loyal reader and commenter at Ocean...

so a very happy birthday from this trio on the florida coast
wishing you a happy, happy year with those chickens, your travels,
and your "retirement" that is anything but!

Sunday, April 20, 2014


just be

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.

Those who do not weep, do not see.

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.

~ victor hugo

Saturday, April 19, 2014



went out to the jetty after dark
to hear the waves
and see what I could capture...

camera said it was too dark,
but I found this happy surprise
in my download.

hope your weekend is lovely!

Friday, April 18, 2014

after the rain

after the rain

after the rain


the rains this week have been beautiful
and cooling....

I love how we hear the winds pick up here by the sea
and feel the rains coming in the air....


in response to yesterday's lovely comments...

the self-portrait in the mountains,
taken using the 10-second timer with the camera on the hood of the car...

ansel adams inspired black and white...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

the canyon

american fork canyon

my sister had an early morning flight out of utah,
so after I dropped her off,
I headed south and eastward to the canyons...

american fork canyon

I drove up the american fork canyon
following the river rushing
down the mountain.

it was a cool morning,
even snowing a little
when I reached the mountain view.

american fork canyon

american fork canyon

the early morning light
was fabulous, so I stopped
here and there to capture bits of it.

american fork canyon

my second trip to the airport
was in a downpour,
then we flew into a snowstorm changing planes in denver.

the mountains were a feast for my florida coast eyes,
and the spring greens
and snow added to my delight.

american fork canyon

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

the wedding


it was a wedding in three parts....

the first was the ceremony
in the temple in American Fork
where we waited outside
for the newly married couple to emerge



after lots of hugs
and huge smiles and photos,
we gathered for a family luncheon
and the speeches...

her longtime friend
and maid of honor
gave a moving tribute to my niece
that brought tears to our eyes


after a brief time to rest
for the evening festivities...
we gathered for more photos


and then the party began...

the food table was filled with goodies for everyone,
I think we all went back for a second or third gelato (they were so good),
the cake was cut, and we all joined the happy couple on the dance floor.



it was all so lovely, but I think the
smiles on the couple's faces
captured it best

Monday, April 14, 2014

her shoes


what a whirlwind weekend....
two days of airports and unfamiliar airlines,
gorgeous spring weather and flowering trees in utah
a snowstorm and plane de-icing in denver
home in the early hours of monday

but it was so good to be there....
to see her joy,
to meet her man,
and to share the celebration with family
more soon!

Friday, April 11, 2014

flying west


flying west
over the rockies
craggy, rugged,
and majestic
always stunning

Thursday, April 10, 2014



nighttime came
before I picked up my camera.

the night walk
to find the day's image was a good antidote
to a very long work day.

tomorrow we travel
to our niece's utah wedding!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

before and after work

beach walk

beach walk

a morning beach walk with my sister
who is visiting this week.
the gale-force winds that brought
yesterday's rain were still blowing.
it was an exhilarating start to the day.

dining relief

dining relief

in the evening we gathered for dinner
at our favorite restaurant, the new Italian one
where they welcome us like family
and always find us a table.
it was the relief we all needed from a long and eventful day.

dining relief

my sister and I ended our dinner with
affogato al caffe (literally, in italian, drowned)
gelato drowned in espresso,
topped with amaretto cookies.
so fabulous! definitely to be repeated!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014



a day of sounds,
the wind,
the rain,
the wild waves on the shore

Monday, April 7, 2014

scenes of a monday

a monday

a slow beginning to the week,
leisurely breakfast with my sister on the patio

a monday

a meeting in the early afternoon,
then errands

a monday

at mom's for dinner,
my lovely sister cooked

a monday

Sunday, April 6, 2014

coming of age

july 1987::minnesota

today is my daughter's birthday.
each year, I am so very grateful
for the joy she brought into my life.

we usually think of "coming of age"
as an event in our teens or early twenties.
but, as I reflected this morning

while walking the beach,
I came of age, on this day
when I became her mom.

beach morning

dear M, may your years continue to be full
of what you love and inspire your creativity!
love, mom

beach morning