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Archive for the ‘Today’s Special’ Category

Sunday Smile

Posted by Jody on March 30, 2014

Go ahead ~Walking on Sunshine

Strut your stuff!

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May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

Posted by Jody on March 17, 2014

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore

“May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.”

~ Irish Blessing

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

“The stunning sugar white beaches of Gulf Islands National Seashore are composed of fine quartz eroded from granite in the Appalachian Mountains. The sand is carried seaward by rivers and creeks and deposited by currents along the shore.”

Source: Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida District

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A Friendly Reminder

Posted by Jody on March 14, 2014

Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument

“Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.”

~ John Howard Payne

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge topic is “Inside.”

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Related Link: Hermit Crab: A Different Kind of Beachcomber

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A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Run

Posted by Jody on March 11, 2014

“All the rivers run into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full;
To the place from which the rivers come,
There they return again.”

~ Ecclesiastes

River to the Sea - Morning in New Orleans

Sunrise on the Mississippi River

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“Land-based discharges of human-made debris comprise the largest source of marine debris in oceans world-wide (nearly 80%). The Plastic Debris, Rivers to Sea Project seeks to minimize the land-based discharges of marine debris. Just like ocean-based marine debris, land-based discharges of human-made debris are comprised mostly of plastics.”

Source: Plastic Debris, Rivers to Sea Project

Related links:

Join the National River Cleanup: American Rivers.org

Find a coastal clean up near you: International Coastal Cleanup

California Coastal Commission: The Problem With Marine Debris

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This week’s A Word A Week Photograph Challenge topic is “Run.”

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On Love

Posted by Jody on February 14, 2014

"You can count on me ~ always"

“You can count on me ~ always”

As much as I enjoy romance, it’s commitment that I need the most.

I need to know a love I can depend on, a love that says, “I will be with you through it all. I love you.

And I will love you even when you may not be all that lovable, for sometimes I’m not very lovable either.

You can count on me – always.”

 ~ Steve Goodier, Author

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This week’s “Where’s my backpack?” Travel Theme is Romance.

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Heaven on Earth

Posted by Jody on February 7, 2014

Heaven

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”

~Henry David Thoreau

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This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge topic is “Selfie.”

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Hermosa Beach Rocks!

Posted by Jody on February 2, 2014

Here’s an interesting beach treasure found by Karen Williams on a recent visit to Hermosa Beach, California:

“Walking on the beach in Hermosa on Monday…”

Beach Treasure! (Photo by Karen Williams)

Beach Treasure! (Photo by Karen Williams)

“Found an interesting rock that appears to be 2 different kinds of rock fused together!”

Hermosa Beach, Southern California (Photo by Karen Williams )

Hermosa Beach, Southern California (Photo by Karen Williams )

“Beautiful weather in the 70′s and no one around!”

We asked our two very favorite geologists for their opinions on Karen’s beach treasure. This is what they told us:

“I think the rock’s finder is correct. This is two rocks fused together. It almost appears to be a quartzite (gray and white) fused together with a volcanic rock, perhaps a rhyolite, or andesite. One thing I can clearly make out is that the crystal sizes are much larger in the gray portion and much finer in the black portion.  I think for this fusion to happen, the volcanic rock or ‘melt rock’ had to have ripped a piece of the ‘wall rock’ off without fully melting it. This means that the temperature of the melt rock was not high enough to fully melt the quartz-rich gray portion and instead incorporated it into its structure as an ‘inclusion’.”

Here is a reference in case you need something: http://www.minsocam.org/msa/collectors_corner/arc/tempmagmas.htm

~Ryan McLin (Geologist, Owner McLin Petrographics)

AND ~ Kristie McLin, Ph.D. says: “It looks like a metamorphosed bedding plane to me. Fine grained shaley rock (black) in contact with sand then becomes metamorphosed, changing to schist and quartzite.

We should say either could be the case, and it is hard to tell from a picture what it really is.”

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Either way, it’s one great find!

Many, many thanks to Karen, Ryan, and Kristie. We just love to share!

What’s in your beach bag?

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Kick off your shoes!

Posted by Jody on January 10, 2014

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” 

~Henry David Thoreau

Kick off your shoes!

Kick off your shoes!

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Happy New Year!

Posted by Jody on December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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Christmas Tree by the Sea

Posted by Jody on December 25, 2013

Greg and I spotted this beautiful shades-of-the-sea Christmas tree at the Hotel del Coronado in sunny Southern California.  It was tucked away near the downstairs shops by a little snack bar. I’m so glad we went exploring! This fabulous Christmas tree was chock-full of wonderful ideas for a very crafty new year!

“O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
Much pleasure doth thou bring me!” ♫

~ O Christmas Tree, Traditional Christmas Carol

Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a many, many happy beachy days in the New Year!

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