Beside the Still Waters

Gift of Nature: Sunsets

The Gift of Nature: Sunsets

┬áThe title of this nature photograph comes from Psalm 23…..”He leads me beside the still waters.”

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Thankful Thursday: Like Mother, Like Daughter

Last week Meg and I had another great evening at the pier. No big ole’ stroller, I just carried her around and she did a lot of walking–with me holding her hands from the back. She is so funny. Sometimes there are big dogs out there, and they would walk past us on the side walk. Of course, their owners would have the dogs’ mouths covered up and have the dogs on a leash. However, I noticed that the big animals don’t scare Meg at this point. She actually starts walking towards them.

She doesn’t have that fear of the unknown yet. Well, besides strangers. She doesn’t like any stranger trying to hold her or even to get really close to her. The other day we were out there, the ducks were getting really close and feisty. They kept looking like they wanted to attack and take Megan out of my lap. So there were a few times we had to get up and move away from the wild ducks. She wasn’t scared though, but I was taken aback.

She gets so much attention when we’re out. On this most recent outing, it must was about 8 people/couples wanting to play and talk with her.

She used to be scared of the fountain, but she certainly wasn’t last week. The photo below was taken in November and she wasn’t with me on that night. However, it’s the same huge fountain that we sat near last week during sunset. And Miss Meg started taking her shoes off and was trying to wiggle out of my arms and get in the fountain!!

It was hilarious. I sat her down so she could dip her little hands in the fountain, but I was surprised and tickled pink that she wanted to get in there. I think she thought it was bath time since she now takes baths in the regular tub and not the kiddie tubs anymore.

We walked along this pier. I have a wonderful picture of her holding onto the rails and looking at the water. That’s when I thought to myself, she’s going to be a nature lover just like mommy!

The picture below was taken with my cell phone. It doesn’t matter….DSLR (which I never really carry anymore) or cell phone, practice framing your photos! We’ll buy her a camera when she gets older and go on many nature photo shoots.

Thankful.

Taking photos and keeping baby happy

I love taking Meg to the pier. Most of the time I don’t bother to take my camera because I have her stroller, snacks, her diaper bag, some toys for her, as well as my cellphone and other personal things I need. One time I was feeling energetic enough to take the camera, but not the stroller. I’m cool with carrying her on my hips. So one time I tried taking photos with her on my hip, lol, my photos were of course crooked and hard to compose.

During our most recent visit to the pier, I brought the stroller, and of course wasn’t free to move around very much. So I wasn’t so sure how the photos would turn out, but they came out fine. For each shot, it took me about 10 seconds to give Meg a snack, test my camera setting, make sure Meg is content, readjust my camera setting to the correct setting (in this case I increased shutter speed to decrease the amount of light coming in), compose the shot, and snap the photo! I didn’t have time to sit there and continue to adjust the settings to see what results I could come up with, but these worked just fine.

The sun sets so very quickly. You have only a few minutes to get it together…

before it’s gone. But then you’re still left with other photo opportunities.

Baby was happy, and momma was happy!

Why I Love Living on the Gulf Coast

..because I love being around water. Whether it’s a small pond or whether it’s the ocean, I love the peaceful feeling when around water as well as the art of water: The reflections, waves, ripples, colors, etc…

I have to admit though, I’m no fan of driving over bridges & that it can be unnerving driving in certain areas where it’s basically like the road is just sitting on top of the river. You’re literally about 10 feet from the river on either side of you. If it’s windy, the water blows onto the street.

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We don’t have much of a Fall/Autumn Season here. Rarely do we get to see any autumn colors & the few fall colors we have last just a few days. When I travel further North I am in awe of the autumn colors.

couple watching sunset

Sunset at the Pier

I was so excited when I was able to take these shots (on Nov 2nd).

We just moved near the beaches so I had never seen the sunset near the water around this time of year. It’s a little different from summer’s sunset. When I was driving home on the bridge a few days ago before I took the photos, I saw how dominantly the sun was setting; and there was a silhouette of someone in a canoe. It would have made the perfect picture, but too bad I was driving on the bridge.

So I took my hand and pretended it was my camera and snapped the photo, :):) It inspired me to keep going to the pier to see if I can get something close to it and I did with the photos below.

 

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