Happy Thanksgiving 2021

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, a national holiday set aside for Americans to give thanks for their blessings. This week I have been reflecting on how thankful I am for the many things that bring me joy.

I am thankful for my husband and soulmate, Henry, and our 51 years together. I am thankful for our two grown children and our four awesome grandchildren. I am thankful both my children and our two oldest grandchildren are with us this Thanksgiving.

I am thankful to live in a community with wonderful friends and neighbors and surrounded by amazing natural beauty.

I am thankful for the little things that bring me joy – spending time with family, laughing with friends, a butterfly on a flower, a hummingbird on the feeder, watching the birds in my backyard, or a beautiful sunrise.

I am thankful that I have been given the gift of another day above ground. I am thankful that I am healthy enough to do all of the ordinary every day things I enjoy.

This post is inspired by Lindy Low LeCoq’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #175; Follow your Bliss

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #162 – It’s all about the Light

For this challenge our host Tina has asked us to explore the magic of light.

To help celebrate this week’s anniversary of America’s National Parks I am focusing on images from three of the National Parks we have visited.

Sunrise in the Everglades is always a special event. The following images were captured at sunrise from the Flamingo Campground in Everglades National Park. The sky put on a beautiful light show as the sun rose over Florida Bay.

The next two images were taken two years apart at Many Curves Overlook in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. The sun was shining in the spring of 2011 when I captured the image on the left. We returned in the summer of 2013 when I captured the image on the right.

Next we go to Zion National Park in Utah. I captured the following two images of the Watchman peak while waiting for sunset. As the sun was setting a full moon was rising.

Many thanks to Tina for challenging us with Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #162 – It’s all about the Light

I’m taking a short, much needed blogging break. I’ll be back in about two weeks.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – A Glimpse into my World

Welcome to my world along the Georgia coast where I am surrounded by salt water creeks and rivers, salt marsh and a beach on the Atlantic Ocean is only a five minute drive away. Please join me for a glimpse of some of the natural beauty that is in my world.

Birds and Wildlife of Coastal Georgia:

Salt Marsh, Beaches, and Waterways

Sunrises and Sunsets

Flowers and critters in the garden

Wild Georgia Shrimp and Georgia Blue Crabs fresh from the sea.

Many thanks to guest host Sheetal for this week’s Lens Artists photo challenge #135: a Glimpse of my World.

Lens-Artists #122: The Sun will Come out Tomorrow

No matter what happens today or what happened yesterday, the only thing we can know for sure about tomorrow is that the sun will rise.

Coastal Georgia Sunrise
Morning Sky at sunrise
Sunlight bursting through the trees at sunrise
Sunrise at Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, GA

Many thanks to Ana for guest hosting this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: The Sun will Come out Tomorrow