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Posts Tagged ‘Weekly Photo Challenge’


Posted by Jody on October 23, 2015

Tijuana Slough Beach

Tijuana Slough Beach

A Closer Look

A Closer Look



Such a shame.


This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “Careful.”


Posted in Southern California Beaches | Tagged: , , , , , | 11 Comments »

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.”


Related Link: Hermit Crab: A Different Kind of Beachcomber

Posted in Southern California Beaches, Tide Pools, Today's Special | Tagged: , , , , , , | 14 Comments »

Heaven on Earth

Posted by Jody on February 7, 2014


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

~Henry David Thoreau


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

Posted in Today's Special | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 13 Comments »

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

Posted by Jody on October 29, 2013

Mississippi Gulf Coast Horizon

Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast

“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed…

It feels an impulsion… this is the place to go now.  But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds,

and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.”

  ~Richard Bach

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “Horizon.”


Posted in Gulf of Mexico Beaches, Today's Special | Tagged: , , , , , , | 22 Comments »

A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Favourite

Posted by Jody on October 25, 2013

♫ “When the dog bites,

When the bee stings,

When I’m feeling sad,

I simply remember my favorite things,

And then I don’t feel so bad.” ♪

Family (The Oregon Coast)

Family Time (The Oregon Coast)

Collecting Seashells (Sanibel Island, Florida)

Colorful Seashells (Sanibel Island, Florida)

Lighthouses (Newport, Oregon)

Lighthouses (Newport, Oregon)

Cute Coastal Critters (Santa Cruz, California)

Cute Coastal Critters (Santa Cruz, California)

Sunrise on the Beach (Waikiki, Hawaii)

Sunrise on the Beach (Waikiki, Hawaii)

Endless Sand (Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida)

Sugar White Sand (Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida)

Pelicans on the Pier, Venice Beach, California.

Posing Pelicans on the Pier (Venice Beach, California)

Tidepooling at Bandon, Oregon

Tidepooling (Bandon, Oregon)

Lifelong Friends (Chicago, Illinois)

Friendships That Last a Lifetime (Chicago, Illinois)


♪ My Favorite Things, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

~Also a favorite!


This week’s “A Word a Week Photography Challenge” theme is Favourite.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

Posted by Jody on October 5, 2013

Carefree Morning for Father and Son

Carefree Morning on Alabama’s Gulf Coast

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “Good Morning!”


Posted in Today's Special | Tagged: , , , , , , | 14 Comments »

It’s the First Day of Summer ~ Playtime!

Posted by Jody on June 21, 2013

Surfside Beach, Texas

Playtime at Surfside Beach

“It is a happy talent to know how to play.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge topic is “The World Through Your Eyes.”

Posted in Gulf of Mexico Beaches, Today's Special | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 17 Comments »

Beachless in Pittsburgh: The Water Steps

Posted by Jody on May 31, 2013

Pittsburgh’s convenient TPlus light rail service stops very near the Water Steps at Riverfront Park on the city’s North Shore. That little gem of knowledge clinched my decision to tote a 6 & a 4 year old to the Northside last week for a break from the ennui of our Downtown hotel. The “Water Steps” is actually an impressive fountain consisting of 500 blocks of Pennsylvania’s Butler County sandstone along with shallow pools formed by the cascading water. The water first spills over a 4-foot waterfall before tumbling down, around, over, and through the staggered, multilevel steps. The expansive sloping lawn next to the Water Steps serves as a make-believe beach scene, with scantily clad folks stretching out on towels and blankets to relax and soak up the sunshine.

Tour Boat on the Allegheny River

Tour Boats Pass by the Water Steps on the Allegheny River

I found out about the Water Steps from the Pittsburgh Official Visitor’s Guide, which urged the out-of-towner to “play in the water steps near Heinz Field.”  From that (and the very inviting full-page photo) I knew it was a family friendly oasis. Once we arrived, it was pretty easy to see that many other families were regular day visitors to this lovely flowing fountain fronting the Allegheny River. The two little ones had an absolute blast playing and splashing in the water, hopping from level to level with their new found friends. As the morning progressed, older kids and adults came to laze around and cool off, too.

The Duck Tours pass by The Water Steps

Duck Tours Pass by the Water Steps on the Riverwalk

I didn’t know this before our visit, but there are no nearby washroom facilities or changing areas at the Water Steps. That certainly began to concern me as the fountain filled up with people of all ages, some accompanied by their furry four footed family members! It also made for some pretty fancy maneuvering to get the kids changed out of their wet clothes!

The Water Steps

The Water Steps

As we prepared to pack up and head back Downtown for lunch, I was pretty surprised to find a sign way high up near the top outside corner of the Water Steps warning people NOT to swim or wade in the water because of the slipperiness of the steps.



Is this eye-catching fountain just an attractive riverside water feature or is it an an interactive urban splash and play pond? It really doesn’t seem to matter!

Show and Tell: Where do you head for some waterside fun in your favorite beachless town?


Helpful links for other beach-starved visitors to Pittsburgh:

Notable fountains outside Downtown Pittsburgh

PPG Place Plaza and Water Feature


WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

Posted in Friday Finds, Inland Shores | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 20 Comments »

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape “The Grip of the Rip”

Posted by Jody on May 21, 2013

Rip Currents – Break the Grip of the Rip!

Rip Current Safety

Rip Current Safety Sign Posted on Lifeguard Tower

     If Caught in a Rip Current

  • Don’t fight the current

  • Swim out of the current, then to shore

  • If you can’t escape, float or tread water

  • If you need help, call or wave for assistance


According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), rip currents are the #1 safety threat at beaches.

Rip currents can be really hard to spot, so exercise caution if you see the following:

  1. a channel of churning, choppy water;
  2. an area with a noticeable difference in color;
  3. a line of foam, seaweed, or debris moving steadily out to sea;
  4. and/or a break in the incoming wave pattern.

If you get caught in one:

  1. Stay calm, don’t fight the current.
  2. Swim sideways out of the current and parellel to the shore, then at an angle back to the shore.

If you can’t escape it:

  1. Float or calmly tread water. The rip current will eventually fade.
  2. Try to face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help.

If you see someone caught in one, DO NOT try to rescue them yourself, instead:

  1. Get a lifeguard or call 911.
  2. Yell instructions.
  3. And if possible, throw a life preserver or floatation device.

These things may help you save a life.

The ocean can be a source of fun and excitement, but you should always be careful of hazards that exist. Only swim at lifeguard protected beaches. Before your next trip to the beach, know how to spot a rip current and how to break the grip of the rip.

Source: Ocean Today (NOAA)

Lifeguard Tower Posted with Safety Signs

Lifeguard Tower with Posted Rip Current Safety Signs

Please take a look at these very helpful links:

“Don’t get sucked in by the rip…” Rip Current Science and Safety Video: Australia

The Grip of the Rip – NOAA Video

United States Lifesaving Association Rip Current Survival Guide

How Rip Currents Form

Have a safe day at the beach!

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge topic is Escape.


Posted in Beach Safety Tips, Tallies & Tips | Tagged: , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

Posted by Jody on May 14, 2013

~Patterns in the Sand~


Art on the Beach

 ~ Making Patterns in the Sand ~

Manhattan Beach in Southern California

On Manhattan Beach, Southern California

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme is Pattern.


Posted in Sand and Shoreline, Southern California Beaches, Today's Special | Tagged: , , , , | 4 Comments »


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