Atlantic Ocean

Solutions

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“Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth…

these are one and the same fight.

We must connect the dots between climate change,

water scarcity,

energy shortages,

global health,

food security

and women’s empowerment.

Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.”

(Ban Ki-moon)

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Awakening

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Pink Perfection (C) 2014 by Debi Bradford

There is something about a beach that is everlasting.  The ocean is always moving.  Currents and winds and swimming beasties and the moon and tides and our beautiful planet revolving on its axis and a myriad of actions serve to create the moment you see above.

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Patterns (C) 2014 by Debi Bradford

Crashing waves, swirling eddies, and gentle foamy water washes deposit shells, bits of flotsam, fossils, minerals, coral and the debris of the eons creating nature’s abstracts.

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Finale (C) 2014 by Debi Bradford

Clouds fight for the eye’s attentions as the sunrise wakens the beach and pelicans begin their morning foraging.

Hurricane Arthur

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First Light (C) 2014 by Debi Bradford

I am not sure what’s happening with WP but this is my third try at posting this morning.  Bear with me.  Or bare with me.  Your choice.  I returned home two days ago just in time to prepare the house for Hurricane Arthur.  As of this moment Arthur seems to prefer staying out in the ocean which is just fine by me.  As with such things it forced me to clean up some areas outside that were woefully needing cleaning.  I’m prepared and happy as a clam to stay inside and catch up on photo processing.  Scotland awaits, but first….a hurricane morning.

 

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Golden Arthur Sunrise (C) 2014 by Debi Bradford

There was sunshine earlier, but a band of rain coming up from the south chased me home fairly quickly.  The tide was going out affording me good hunting, and good luck as I found two fossilized shark’s teeth and a few unidentified fossils.  My favorite things to find on the beach, hands down!

 

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The Lone Jogger (C) 2014 by Debi Bradford

 

Storm skies turn a luscious blue grey, throwing a cool color cast on everything.  I love that.  When Hurricane Sandy roared through the same thing happened.  Lots of moisture in the air.  My lens kept fogging up on the outside – I had to wipe it constantly.  Man, this camera is sooooo good.  It’s been through Death Valley, Scotland and two hurricanes without missing a beat.  LOVE my camera.

 

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Whichy Waves (C) 2014 by Debi Bradford

So I’ve returned which isn’t any big news.  However, I’ve really missed reading posts and missed chatting with everyone and I’m sooo happy to be home.  Today, I’m working on Scotland while the rains and winds bluster around outside.  Rainy days are a favorite – a gift of time to do mindful things and fun things – photo processing, reading, cuddling up.   I’ll be back soon with more of Scotland but in the meantime enjoy Hurricane Arthur.

 

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Parting Shot (C) 2014 by Debi Bradford

Orange and Magenta Sunrise

I’ve been MIA due to a family emergency. While I’ll be out of pocket for a bit I’ve found some sunrise photos I sent to my mother last year that will keep me in the blogging business until such time as I can get back to sharing photos from our road trip. In the meantime, this was one of the most incredible sunrises I’ve ever witnessed. It started out fairly common but for five minutes the sky turned fiery orange and the ocean this thick magenta. I couldn’t capture it all even with my wide angle so took several shots to one day, hopefully put together in Photoshop. It was an incredible sight! Enjoy.

Sunrise

Sunrise

“Know where to find the sunrise and sunset times and note how the sky looks at those times, at least once.” (Marilyn vos Savant)

I enjoy watching our friends and family witness a sunrise on the ocean for the first time. The gloom begins to brighten, and if there are clouds, colors began to faintly show in one section of the sky. Gradually, yet quickly, those colors bloom and swell painting clouds in shades of purple, red, orange, pink, yellow, peach, all reflected in the mirrored surface of the ocean and wet sand. Those 5 minutes before the sun pops over the horizon can be sheer magic. If you want to add something worthwhile to your bucket list it is this – watch the sun rise up out of the ocean.