SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2013 WEEK 32

Here I am – again – Sharing My World with Cee at ceephotography, and with YOU!  Please do read and then play along.  Or at least stop by Cee’s and check out what some other bloggers have to share.

Question # 1…

If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be? 

I think I’d be the might oak.  Big, strong, air of confidence.  Probably sees a lot of action – squirrels, birds, insects, wind, rain, some soft, some wild breezes.  Yes.  An oak.

Question numero dos…

If you were an ice cream cone how many scoops and flavors would you be and why?

I would be one scoop of real homemade blueberry – we are the blueberry capital, one scoop of chocolate peanut butter – ate that every day for 9 months when I was pregnant with my sweet son, and one scoop of butter pecan – the ice cream of choice when I was little and lucky enough to get to go out for ice cream, which wasn’t often. Three scoops – of memories.

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Question # drei…

What type of pets do you have or want?

We have a long haired german shepherd – (frizz, do you see a pattern here? 🙂 ) 564565and a black cat.  If I could, I would have a horse.  I use to ride in my younger days and miss that a lot.  Even just to be able to pet one of those handsome animals again would give me a thrill.

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And numero quatro…

Where do you hide junk when people come over?

Junk? JUNK?!?!?!?!  I have no junk!  Everything I have I NEED!  (pssst…in the closet.)

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TRAVEL THEME – MULTICOLORED

When you work (hang out) with a four year old, 5 days a week, you are bound to run into a little splash of color. And you get to play – A LOT!

See…

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I spotted the Bella balloon and couldn’t resist, since that was the alternate name I chose for one of Cee’s Share Your World questions this week.

And the last is a plug for The Garden State – why I don’t know since our taxes exceed most other states. Maybe if I advertise NJ enough, our illustrious governor will cut back a little. Ah. No. Probably not.

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Visit Ailsa at where’s my backpack for a look at some multicolored masterpieces.

TRAVEL THEME – HIDDEN

There’s a super park in Cherry Hill, NJ where I bring my little ‘charges‘.  It’s a quick stroll down the road a piece and makes for some pretty fun photo opportunities.  Apparently, the community has set up a garden in Barclay Farmstead.  I see people every so often, tending to their own little corner of their gardening world – straw hats on heads, tiny spades in hand.   This is the first year I’ve had the chance to see the flowers and veggies in full bloom.  Some are cared for more diligently than others, but it’s a fabulous site to see, nonetheless.  Last week I spotted, hidden among the flowers, the last of this seasons plump, juicy Jersey tomatoes.  I walked the perimeter to see if there was a way to get a closer look but, for good reason I suppose, there was a gate, and it was locked.  More than anything else that I could see, there were lots and lots of flowers.

Approaching the garden

Approaching the garden

Walk on…

Getting closer to those ripe tomatoes!

Getting closer to those ripe tomatoes!

I can’t get in!  But it appears that this guy, hidden in the flora and vegetation, did…

Hidden in the garden

Hidden in the garden

And now, he can’t get out!

Hidden in plain sight

Hidden in plain sight

His body language screams frustration!  I hope he at least gets to taste some of those rosy tomatoes.  Jersey has the best!

Click to get to Ailsa‘s ‘hidden’ challenge at where’s my backpack. 🙂

CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE – HOUSES

Back again for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.  Another excellent adventure. 🙂

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I got in my car yesterday and took a few shots of my neighborhood.  I live between the bay and the ocean and the houses reflect that “beachy” quality.  There are so many more that are worth taking a look at, and maybe someone will hold another “Houses” challenge.  Then I’ll get back in my car and scope out more of the neighborhood.  Til then…

Click below to go on the houses tour @ Ceephotography.com

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I appreciate your visits and hope you’ll be back.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – MASTERPIECE

Yesterday, I rousted my self up bright and early.  I hadn’t been doing that lately, and I was determined to get up and walk to the beach before the noon day sun made its way across the sky.  I’ve been lazy.  Ugh!

The beach has been revamped since the Hurricane Sandy devastation, so it’s been a trek in itself to get from the seawall to the water’s edge, but my feet finally touched down on the ripples by 6:45.  I walked with the sun to my back.  There were a few runners, walkers, fishermen, and dogs.  It had its usual meditative quality.  That’s a good thing and it made for a great morning.

I could feel the sun on my shoulders and hear gulls laughing.  They were laughing at me.  They have seen me there enough times, trying like crazy to get off a picture of one of them that I thought worthy of publishing on my post.  Those birds are fast!

The heat sensation was stronger than their mocking laughter, so I turned to look, ignoring those little hyenas.   Gulls were circling, coasting, dive-bombing.  This time, I wasn’t concerned with getting off a shot of them. 

No matter what your beliefs, no matter how you imagine we got here, no matter how you think this was created, this world, my friends, is a masterpiece.

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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – THE GOLDEN HOUR

For Jeff and I, there is nothing better than being at the beach.  A walk along the water’s edge last night and this is what we saw.  Now.  Do you get where we’re coming from?

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Brigantine Beach, NJ
Stronger than the Storm

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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – CURVES

When I think curves, I think shapely.  Comes from a time when Monroe and Hayworth were a big part of my generation, I suppose.  Since I’m not surrounded by those types of curves and the days of my curves are waning, I thought I’d go with the more traditional definition of the word.  Although, I think curves can be sexy, even if they’re not part of a shapely torso.  Just ask my friend, Judith, at A View From The Woods. 🙂

This flower curved its petal to protect? comfort? hug? another bud.  So sweet and gentle.

A gentle embrace

A gentle embrace

Some curves, in the true sense of the word…

Yes, it is a humongous heart!  See the couple relaxing on their beach chairs?  That’ll give you a perspective on how big that heart really is.  Someone is soooooooo loved.

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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – CHANGING SEASONS

Living in New Jersey can be a challenge in itself.  From soaring taxes that can rival the heights of Mt. Everest, to blazing hot, humid summers that have you begging for an arctic blast.   But you can’t beat Jersey’s changing  seasons.  Nature at it’s best. Most certainly some of God’s best work.

Thanks for stopping by, liking, commenting, browsing.  I appreciate every click of the mouse, every tap on the keys, every smart phone visit.  I don’t always say so, but the intent is there.  Blogging. Dang!  If only there were 48 hours in the day.

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TRAVEL THEME: BRIGHT and Super Storm Sandy

This week Ailsa, at wheresmybackpack, offered up a “bright” challenge.  As I am always and forever the procrastinator, bloggers left and right were posting some fabulous takes on the theme and in doing so, took a few of my ideas.  Well, they didn’t exactly take anything.  They more like beat me to the punch.  These ideas were formulating in my head (and sitting on my hard drive) but, as always, good ol’ me – a day late and a dollar short – or several dollars to allow for inflation.  Alas (does anyone use that word, really?) I am forced to stray a little from what Ailsa probably had in mind, but here it goes.

Many, if not all of you by now, must have heard about the devastation that bore down on the east coast last week.  Her name was Sandy, and she was wicked.  The losses are too numerous to mention.  Monetary calculations reach into the millions.  Lives were turned inside out and memories were wiped away with the force of the horrific rain and wind that blasted it’s way into so many lives.

Jeff and I were one of the more fortunate.

We drove to our place in Brigantine when we were finally allowed to cross over the bridge.  There isn’t much I can say.  The pictures speak for themselves.

The north end of the beach was pounded by waves that rushed over the seawall to the right.  Everyone was working together to clean up and help out.

This is where there use to be a house.

All some people could do was stack the mud and dirt, along with their possessions, out to the curb.

When we pulled up to our place, this is some of what we saw. 

              

Siding ripped from the house, pieces of fence torn from their frames, a broken screen, what use to be our mailbox (someone said a unmanned boat floated down our street and crashed into it. OK?) a refrigerator flipped on its side, and a cracked driveway.

We spent the day putting the contents of our garage out to the curb:  the flipped frig, a few beach chairs, our grill, our bikes :-(, tons of tools, and a bunch of other stuff.

We were lucky.

Channel 6 news (ABC) partnered with the American Red Cross to raise over 17 million dollars  to help the people devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  If you haven’t given, 10 bucks will do the trick.  Ten bucks times all of you.  Wow! 

Click here to donate to the American Red Cross and help those people in need.  I did.  It just takes a minute. It will put a “bright”, beautiful smile on your face and give you a feeling of extreme satisfaction  :-).

There’s always a positive side – a “bright” side, if you will.

We finally cleaned out our garage!

Please pass the link to my blog to your friends.  There are so many people that can use your help. And thanks, Ailsa, for the opportunity to make a difference.

SUNDAY POST – FAVORITE SPOT

Hmmmm. If you have truly been a follower, then you’ll not have to guess. If you know anything at all about  me, you know my favorite spot can only be *drum roll*…

Yes, you guessed it.

THE BEACH!  

The Beach.  Where I can walk, feeling the sand and waves squish through my toes.

Where I can bird watch,

People watch,

Or watch as a father teaches his son to shoot the curls. 🙂

But the best watching being done at My Spot was that of the dancing of the dolphins.  Sadly, I have yet to get a fabulous shot of these graceful creatures, but still, it was fun trying.  Believe it or not, I actually starting jogging down the beach in order to keep up with them, trying to get the perfect ‘pose’.  Not an easy feat for these old feet.  Either I was exhausted by the uncharacteristic dash down the dunes or those guys are just too fast for me.  This was the best I could do – for now.

Any season, any time, the beach is my favorite spot.  Can you blame me?

I’ve enjoyed taking you on a tour of my favorite spot.   Stop by Jakesprinters for more great pix.