Lens-Artists #62: Silhouettes

This week, Patti has challenged us to find photos that feature silhouettes. For this challenge I chose some of my favorite sunset and sunrise photos from our travels. The photo above is of Henry enjoying the sunset over the Pacific Ocean on the beach at Cape Disappointment State Park, Washington.

I walked from our campsite at Golden Hill State Park to capture this silhouette of the Thirty Mile Light at sunset.

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Thirty Mile Lighthouse at sunset, Golden HIll State Park, NY

Some of my favorite sunset and sunrise pictures have silhouettes of trees.

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Sunrise over the The Caloosatchie River at Ortona South Campground, Florida
Sunrise over the Mississippi River
Sunrise over the Mississippi River in Missouri
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Sunset in the Big Cypress Natural Preserve near Ochopee, FL

This couple was enjoying their early morning walk on the beach.

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Morning walkers along the beach at sunrise, Tybee Island, GA

Many thanks to Patti at Pilot Fish Blog for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Silhouettes

 

Photo Challenge: Lens-Artists #57 – Taking a Break

As a retired senior, I’m lucky that I don’t have to go through the daily grind of a 40 hour work week any more. Even so, there are still times when even retired people need to take a break . Sometimes, reading a book, calling a friend, or watching an old movie is just what I need.

Other times, I need to get out in nature in order to soothe my soul. Whether it’s walking out into my back yard, taking a walk through the neighborhood, or getting in the car to do something new , there are plenty of things I can do outside to take a break.

When I’m busy at home, if I need a short break I can go outside to see what’s happening in my own back yard.

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Bee in the Butterfly Garden

In the evening, I love to stop whatever I’m doing to watch a beautiful sunset.

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Sunset over the Georgia Salt Marsh

The beach is my happy place, and any time I can get my toes in the sand makes me happy.

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Ready for Beach Chair Sitting on the Gulf of Mexico

Getting out and exploring somewhere close to home is a great way to take a break.

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McQueens – Tybee Island Rails To Trails, Savannah, GA

When we’re traveling in the RV, there’s no better way to take a break from driving, sightseeing, or hiking than relaxing right in our own campsite.

Our campsite was a great place to watch the herons, egrets
Just Chillin’ in our campsite

For longer breaks, taking a trip and experiencing new places is the answer.

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Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Thanks to Tina at Travels and Trifles for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Taking a Break this week

Photo Challenge: Lens-Artists – Seashores and/or Lakeshores

Thanks to Amy for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge Seascapes and/or Landscapes this week

The beach is my happy place and we have traveled to many different beaches over the years.

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Tybee Island North Beach at low tide
The beach at sunset
Sunset at Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida
The beach at sunset at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
The beach at sunset at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Florida
View of the Na Pali Coast from the beach on Kauai
View of the Na Pali Coast from the beach on Kauai, Hawaii
Misty morning at Mustang Island
Misty morning at Mustang Island, Texas
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Nanny Goat Beach, Sapelo Island, Georgia
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Wandering Dawgs on Inch Beach, Ireland

Thanks to Amy for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week

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Sunsets and the Okefenokee Swamp

We are off again on our first RV trip of 2019. Our first stop was Laura S. Walker State Park in Hoboken, Georgia. We were there during the weekend and the park was full of families enjoying their days off. The park was a perfect home base to explore the Okefenokee Swamp Park which is a short drive away.

During the last 12 years we have visited the Okefenokee Swamp several times from the southern end in Fargo. I posted about our last visit there at The Land of Trembling Earth It’s been over 40 years since we visited the Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross. Our two young children were with us back then. Oh, the memories!

This well run and well maintained private park has been attracting visitors to the swamp since 1946. There are boardwalks with views of the swamp, a train ride, educational exhibits, and wildlife presentations which are all included in the entrance fee. For an additional fee, visitors can take a guided boat tour through the swamp.

Not all of the boardwalks were open when we were there. Some are closed due to the high water level caused by heavy rainfall in December and January. One of the boardwalks that is open took us by several American alligators in their native habitat.

After seeing an interesting presentation on native reptiles of the Okefenokee we took the train ride through the swamp.

After so many visits to the Okefenokee Swamp in Fargo, it was fun to see it from a different location.

Sunsets around the U.S.A.

A perfect ending to any day is watching a beautiful sunset.

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Sunset at Campfire Lodgings in Asheville, NC
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Sunset at Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse at Golden Hill State Park, NY
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Key West Sunset, Florida
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Sunset at Dungeness Harbor, Washington
Sunset on West Point Lake, Georgia
Sunset on West Point Lake, Georgia
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Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, Topsail Hill State Park, FL
Sunset over Lake Chicot
Sunset over Lake Chicot, Arkansas
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Sunset from Mackinaw City, MI
Sunset at Flamingo Campground in January, 2012
Sunset at Flamingo Campground, Everglades National Park, FL
Henry enjoying a beautiful sunset at Cape Disappointment
Cape Disappointment, Washington

Inspired by Ingrid’s Wandering Wednesday photo prompt – sunset