The children are off to school, tourist season is still a few months away, and daily rainstorms are cooling things down. As a Floridian, I am happy to say goodbye to the sweltering temperatures of summer. It is now time to get outside and explore our local beaches with a camera.
This past week, I visited Blind Creek, one of Hutchinson Island's more secluded beaches. Without a lifeguard giving me curious looks, I got completely lost behind my lens. Had you been hiding in the seagrass, you would have seen me completely uninhibited... lying on my stomach in the sand to get just the right angle for "wave bokeh", chasing tiny sandpipers like a toddler, gingerly walking in the surf with my beloved Nikon, and collecting seashells. The featured photograph by htemko captures my feeling of blissful beach solitude perfectly.
After all these years, I am still in awe of the little gifts that Mother Nature leaves upon our shores. My last trip yielded me several perfectly intact seashells, splendid sea urchins, and bits of seaglass. After uploading my photographs from the day at the beach, fellow muse Lucy in Massachusetts sent me flickrmail saying that she loved seeing the differences between the Cape Cod and Florida shells and asked me if I was interested in a "beach treasure exchange." Such a great idea!
So, as I box up my shells to be mailed, I am looking at my recent beach stroll not as the end of my summer, but as the start of a new friendship.
Have you ever thought about asking some of your flickr or blog friends to send you some of their treasures? It could be a postcard, a photograph, some artwork, or unique collectibles from their area. Go ahead and do it. Think of all the new items you will collect. Besides, who doesn't love getting mail that is something other than bills? Take a moment and leave a comment telling us what you would send a new friend.
stay sweet. ♥ tammy lee
happy bench monday::and then it was over by htekmo