Dillon Beach

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I thought it would be a nice day for a little trip to Dillon Beach. You know, to shake off the holidays a little and prepare ourselves to get back into the routine next week. It was cold but bright and sunny out and it has been way too long since I've been to the ocean. It was beautiful! My photos don't really do it justice. I only had my little point and shoot. There were some die hard surfers out and although the waves were not steller, I had to admire them for their commitment! Seagulls are always fun to watch for some reason. I'm always fascinated at how they ride the air currents and how they don't seem to be afraid of people. One seagull captured a poor crab who's unlucky day it was. The seagull guarded his prize with gusto against the other seagulls and though interested, none tried to interfere. Equally fascinating were the birds with the really long beaks (what are they called?) that stuck their beaks in the sand looking for treats every time the waves receded. 

Dillon Beach is really not far from where I live, so I will have to make time to visit every so often, especially when the weather gets a little warmer. 

Summer Blooms

One of the things that I am hugely inspired by is nature. Whether it be the ocean, the mountains, the trees, flowers, birds, animals, etc., I crave the inspiration that nature is. Fortunately, I live in Northern California where just about anything you can think of, nature-wise, is readily available or a short distance away. Something I love to do, is bring a little nature inside with me. It seems to comfort my soul somehow {I would really love it if I could live outside...in a tent...until it gets cold...I used to love sleeping outside in the summer when I was a kid in Oregon, but I digress}. Summer blooms are really rocking my world right now as they seem to do this time of year. Roses, succulents, and other blooms of deep and light colors. I am endlessly fascinated by the process by which they open their and unfurl themselves. Take a look at just a few I've managed to bring inside below:

Aren't roses gorgeous? I love their papery petals!

Aren't roses gorgeous? I love their papery petals!

Such a deep, bold color

Such a deep, bold color

OK, these are outside, but I couldn't resist including them because I enjoy seeing them from my window.

OK, these are outside, but I couldn't resist including them because I enjoy seeing them from my window.

No tasting, Huey!

No tasting, Huey!