Yesterday afternoon we were wandering along the shoreline, playing in the surf and happening upon gorgeous shells that were strewn along the shore. Gorgeous shells just cast about like little gems. No matter how many times I visit this part of the Gulf Coast – Marco Island and Sanibel Island – I’m always amazed by the shells. Amazed someone has not already scooped them all up and hauled them away. Surprised that there are always more. And thrilled by all of the beauty that you will just stumble upon.
As I woke up this morning and reflected on our experiences yesterday, I was reminded of this poem I love – on what we love and value. Its a perfectly timed reminder to be present and elevate and focus on what really matters. Thanks, Ms. Walker.
We Alone Can Devalue Gold – by Alice Walker
We alone can devalue gold
by not caring
if it falls or rises
in the marketplace.
Wherever there is gold
there is a chain, you know,
and if your chain
so much the worse
and sea-shaped stones
are all as rare.
This could be our revolution:
to love what is plentiful
as much as
We were staying at the Sofitel right a couple blocks from the White House, and I wandered around with my camera while the family rested. One of my favorite images was the dramatic gold of this victory statue against the deep blue sky and white clouds. Beautiful!
Victory statue, part of the First Division Monument in front of the White House. President’s Park, Washington DC
We were in DC a couple of weeks ago to celebrate our oldest daughter’s 21st birthday. I was excited to fit in a visit to the Renwick Gallery to see their exhibit – Wonder! I love that the exhibits were large and immersive – experiences that you could take in with all of your senses. In the exhibit they basically turned over the museum space to nine contemporary artists, who filled the space with large, immersive and stunning exhibits. The boys and I had a great time exploring the museum. Highly recommend!
Check out this link to take a virtual tour of the exhibit. It’s absolutely worth a visit the next time you are in the DC area.
Sand sculptors from around the world are competing in the Neptune Intl Sand Sculpting Championship. They are creative, complex and amazing in any medium, but this is SAND. Heck, I can’t even get a basic tower out of a sand bucket intact so these are fantastic accomplishments.
Josh and I headed down to the oceanfront yesterday afternoon to check them out. The weather isn’t great this weekend so hope plenty make it down in spite of the weather. All is safe and dry under the tents.
Here are a few of our favorites.
Birth of Beauty – front
Birth of Beauty – back
Tango Forever – front
Tango Forever – back
Heal the World
Heal the World
Eccentric Point of View
Eccentric Point of View
Eccentric Point of View
Deep in Thought
The Burden of Knowing
The Burden of Knowing – hear no evil, see no evil
The Burden of Knowing – see no evil, speak no evil
Headed over to the lakefront to catch the sunset earlier this week. Lovely golden glow over the lake, and the fisherman were taking their spots. Ready to take the kayak out soon as all the trees turn colors for fall.
I love that we have so many terrific festivals here in Hampton Roads in fall. Although the temps today felt more like a return to summer … but still. The boys and I headed down to the waterside at Towne Point Park today for the ETC Indie Music & Arts Festival. We have had a great time the last couple years!
I adore that we we have such a gorgeous waterfront venue – green space, water views, multiple stages, and wonderfully thought out seating areas to make it feel more like outdoor living space. It’s colorful and inviting and I always love spending time there. Today was no exception.
We caught music from some great bands – The Dahus, KOA, and local singer-songwriter Skye Zentz. The music was terrific, the crowd was having fun. I only wish more people realized what a great scene and festival it was … there was plenty of room for more people. Hopefully the turnout will be good this evening for the featured band – The Mowglis. Sorry to miss them but schedules just weren’t going to work for that.
We LOVED the game area that they setup for the festival. Justin settled in and went from being ready to leave quickly to having a great time and not being in any hurry to leave. Ping pong, giant Jenga set, foosball, checkers. Classic games that had kids meeting and playing with other kids, challenging their parents, and basically just hanging out. My kind of setting! And there were some great artists too – found a piece of pallet art that I loved and brought home … nice Welcome sign for our entryway.
And the sky was AMAZING – gorgeous blue with cloud formations sprinkled across the sky. We sat along the deck and had lunch, watching the sailboats and enjoying the beautiful view.
Kudos on a great job with this festival! Our family had a great time and it will definitely be back on the calendar next year.
I couldn’t help but pair one of my favorite poems with this image.
On Stripping Bark from Myself, by Alice Walker
Because women are expected to keep silent about
their close escapes I will not keep silent
and if I am destroyed (naked tree) someone will
mark the spot
where I fall and know I could not live
hearing their “how nice she is!”
whose adoration of the retouched image
I so despise.
No. I am finished with living
for what my mother believes
for what my brother and father defend
for what my lover elevates
for what my sister, blushing, denies or rushes
I find my own
a standing self
against the world
an equality of wills
I have lived to understand.
My struggle was always against
an inner darkness: I carry within myself
the only known keys
to my death – to unlock life, or close it shut
forever. A woman who loves wood grains, the colour
and the sun, I am happy to fight
all outside murderers
as I see I must.
Which of your photos capture you at your most relaxed, the relaxation or exploration shots? Well that’s what I went to explore today …
Stumbled upon a photography prompt this week to post a picture of the ground ‘beneath your feet’ – or any variation on that idea that might inspire us. I was noodling through my pics and remembered several pics that I had taken – out on a hike, on a kayak, by the lake, that all had my toes peeking onto the bottom of the picture. Bit of a trend, seemed funny at the time. But as I think about it … every one of those are me in anti-work mode. I am out and about, wandering and exploring. Or relaxing with my feet up (and that’s so rare a picture is required as proof!) 🙂 I guess, in a tiny way, for me the pics celebrate getting out of my head (and work mode) and enjoying the physical world. All great memories!
And apparently I have no in-betweens … its boots or barefoot!
Enjoy other great fotos from the Beneath Your Feet challenge at: Link