Posted by Jody on July 13, 2014
Rest is Not Idleness
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day,
listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time”
~Sir John Lubbock, The Use of Life
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Posted by Jody on July 12, 2014
I simply love Maggie’s take on shoreline scenes!
Originally posted on Tide Line Still Life:
One in an occasional installment of humorous photos. Can you see what I see?
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Posted by Jody on July 5, 2014
Feeling the Love on Harrison County Sand Beach, Mississippi
Celebrated annually (July 1-7) as the “Earth Day” for beaches, National Clean Beaches Week is a friendly reminder that the planet’s shorelines deserve a little tender loving care. The Clean Beaches Coalition leads the way with a “network of coastal organizations and individuals committed to promoting clean, healthy and well managed beaches around the world.” Who doesn’t think that’s a great idea!?
Here’s our very own up close and personal look at why our beaches need to feel the love too:
- Not feeling the love!
- Still not feeling the love…
- OK, so now I’m feeling the love!
The Clean Beaches Coalition (CBC) certifies deserving beaches as “Blue Wave.” Blue Wave Beaches are accredited according to their active participation in embracing and promoting the “7 Blue Wave Ethics.”
1. Leave no trace
2. Move your body
3. Don’t tread the dunes
4. Know your limits
5. You are what you eat
6. Feed your mind
7. Respect the ocean
Is your favorite beach a Blue Wave Beach? Or perhaps it has a different certification? We’d love to hear about it!
Rockport’s Blue Wave Beach (Texas)
Blue Wave Beach Certification
Harrison County Sand Beach, Mississippi (Photo #1)
Rockport, Texas ~Texas’ First Certified Blue Wave Beach~ (Photo #6)
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Posted by Jody on July 3, 2014
For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Posted by Jody on June 15, 2014
Anyone who tells you fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you, they are understating it.
~ Mike Myers
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Posted by Jody on June 10, 2014
It’s easy to see why these beautiful bivalves are the seashell collector’s dream. Each and every Calico Scallop (Argopecten gibbus) is a colorful, unique, and fun-filled piece of eye candy! They can be found in variations of pink, white, orange, brown, purple. Keeping only one is virtually impossible for even the most tried and true beachcomber! Commonly found on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, they range from Delaware Bay to Florida, into the Gulf of Mexico, and south to much of the Caribbean Sea.
Picture Perfect Calico Scallops
These variegated seashells are especially plentiful and very easy to find undamaged on Florida’s sandy Gulf Coast beaches. The color-splashed Calico Scallops in this collection all hail from the world-renowned shelling beaches of Sanibel Island, Florida.
Picture Perfect Calico Scallops
Growing up to 2 1/2 inches across, Calico Scallops are almost circular in shape and very easy to identify. These seashells have about 20 strong, well defined, smooth (non-scaly) ribs. Look for each shell’s “ears” to be about equal in size.
Seriously, who wouldn’t be tickled pink to have a basket full of these picture perfect beach treasures in their collection?
Sanibel Island, Florida: A Beachcomber’s Bonanza
The Sanibel Shell Guide
Beachcombing Regulations Abound. Know Before You Go!
Christmas with Sanibel Style
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Posted by Jody on June 5, 2014
Ecola State Park, Oregon Coast
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
~Jacques Yves Cousteau
Posted in Pacific Coast Beaches, Today's Special | Tagged: beach, beach photography, Cannon Beach Oregon, Ecola State Park, Jacques Yves Cousteau | 6 Comments »