Florida weather is pretty unpredictable. In the span of a week we’ve had rain, freezing temperatures, and then a glorious mild weekend.
What’s one to do but go to the beach whenever one has the chance?
It was a little cool but so worth the cold feet.
The only thing better than a beautiful day at the beach is watching a storm move in.
But I do love when the sun is shinning and sand bar is close enough to wade out to and play on.
Gorgeous crystal clear water and just the right amount of waves and little to no undertow make for a pretty perfect day.
We also really enjoy water proof phone cases. Especially the two oldest girls who had a fantastic silly time taking selfies underwater. Then I of course got roped into taking pictures too.
Is it any wonder that the beach is my happy place?
I know it sounds overused and almost silly.
But they really do grow up so fast!
Last week I was looking through some old pictures and I came across one that I took a mere 3 1/2 years ago. I was amazed by how much different the kids look now.
For some reason the kids were agreeable to redoing the photo so off to the beach we went.
Here is the original taken in December of 2011. Under it is the one we took the other night.
So much of their baby-ness is gone! And, I would also like to note, that I think my skills have improved 🙂
Here is another redo we did from the same time.
We all got a little tickled about how much harder it was to pose them the same. Legs are a little longer, bodies are a little taller and they don’t fold and tuck in together the way they used to.
Oh, and Claire is actually wearing the same dress that Emily was wearing in the first set of pictures.
Doing this reminded me of one reason I love photography. Being able to watch them grow up again and again. Priceless memories.
My constant stream of beach pictures, I mean. I know there have been a lot of them but the weather has been perfect for beach days this week of our spring break and I am so grateful!
The only thing that could have made it more perfect was my beloved being in town and Sarah being able to join us more frequently. It’s been weird adjusting to her having a job while the other kids are all home. It’s a strange new season having a grown up child.
Today and tomorrow are full of things like taking our turn to clean the church, grocery shopping, someone taking the test to get their learner’s permit, and a shower for a sweet bride to be so no more trips to the beach for a while.
But oh, yesterday was glorious and we had so much fun with our friends!
Here are the last of her pictures from our magical session in January. The light was fading but we moved onto the beach and, despite being a little chilly, Abby was a trooper.
I’m really terrible about getting my pictures off the computer (a horrible confession from a photographer I know!) but I really need to have some of these printed.
Sorry for the picture overload but I couldn’t help myself! And truth be told there are a few more. Maybe I will share those another time.
A lovely visit to the beach with a sweet friend today to say farewell to a favorite restaurant. (The first image is for DPP and the second is to commemorate the local business that will be shutting it’s doors at the end of the month.)
Have you ever gone to the beach and watched the sun set?
It happens so fast! And the whole sky changes dramatically from one moment to the next.
This image was taken at 6:19pm on Sunday. The sky was an amazing red color and just gorgeous.
I took this one seven minutes later at 6:26pm. The fire in the sky had become a gentle dusk blue.
Both of these are straight out of the camera with only a little bump in exposure on the bottom one to see Claire’s sweet profile a little better.
The lesson to be learned here?
Life can change fast. No matter what moment you are in the next is bound to be different.
Last Friday I shared plans I had made with one of my best girlfriends to go out and spend the day enjoying the beach and being outside.
We did and it was glorious.
Marvelous, even. And we wasted not a moment of it.
A delicious breakfast started our day and then we went to Ft. Pickens. The fort is a fairly popular spot for tourist and photographers a like. As a matter of fact I recently shared a session I did there. It’s a great back drop to pictures and I’ve even seen bridals done there.
But I wanted to explore other parts of the area so Susan and I kicked our shoes off and grabbed our cameras and I am so glad we did! There are ten different gun batteries and I don’t think I have ever climbed one of them.
Which means that all of my life I have been missing this view.
Incredible isn’t it?
The weather was perfect and the butterflies were enjoying it as much as we were. Poor little thing had a torn wing but it didn’t slow him down at all.
I’d never seen a bee like this either…he was blue. And beautiful.
Oswald Chambers said that to a saint nature is sacramental…in every wind that blows, in every night and day of the year, in every sign of the sky, in every blossoming and in every withering of the earth , there is a real coming of God to us if we will simply use our starved imagination to realize it.
Maybe that’s why whenever I go out tot he beach I feel like I came breathe a little deeper and a little bigger. I am constantly amazed by how diverse and huge our world is and how small we are.
I stood in the sand and lifted my face to the sun. I felt the warm breeze and the cool gulf waters roll over my toes.
Like I said, glorious. It was glorious.