Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Not Camera Shy!!!

While sitting on the beach reading my favorite jewelry magazines,

I noticed this Herring Gull watching me.
After 5 -10 minutes went by, I looked up again and
realized he hadn't moved! So, I slowly took my camera out
of my beach bag and started taking pictures.
Instead of flying away,
he seemed very curious and walked closer to check out my
shiny silver camera! Unfortunately, he got so close
many of the pictures came out blurry!

Later the same day, this little Laughing Gull
decided he wanted to be in pictures too!

Tracey :-)

Monday, July 19, 2010

This Storm Started Backwards!!

 While we were on our vacation at the Jersey Shore
I unwittingly captured this strange storm that actually started backwards?!
After having dinner on our deck that overlooks the ocean, I spotted this beautiful rainbow in the sky! I quickly grabbed the camera (which is never too far away) to see if I could catch what I thought was a fleeting rainbow. The day was hot and sunny---- perfect beach weather, for our first day at the shore! There was no mention of showers or rain in the weather report.
But, as I began taking pictures, I realized that the rainbow was beginning to change. 
Clouds began to form.

As the rainbow began to fade (left) this cloud formation began to form over the ocean to the right of it. The sun was beginning to set, giving the clouds a rosy/purple glow.

Then the rain began.

The rainbow was now totally replaced by this mushroom type cloud that seemed to rise from the ocean!

The sky looked threatening but it also reminded me of cotton candy! The gorgeous blue sky above this storm was such a pretty contrast to the cotton-like clouds. 

As the storm moved off into the distance I was able to see the rain coming down only from the vertical cloud. In the picture, it looks like a UFO hiding behind a large cloud!!
Eventually, the whole storm moved out to sea!

It was amazing! 
 I'm so glad I had my camera to capture it!

We had a wonderful week with lots of sun, and some rain (mainly at night!) I saw dolphins swim by, a whale spouting water several times before moving off, lots of surfers and even wind surfers! The waves were big and the sand was beautiful but hot, hot, hot! I picked up lots of shells for my mosaics and even found some wonderful pieces of seaglass!

Vacation is wonderful.....but there's no place like home! We were happily greeted with wagging tails, and doggy kisses by our family pets! 

Tracey :D 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Gorgeous Collection of Beach Towels For Everyone In The Family!

Jersey Shore, Here We Come!!

Since my children were little, we've been going to the Jersey Shore for our vacation!
Having such hectic lives year round, we just love to relax at the beach!
Our beach towels have been well worn through the years and its time to search for some new ones. Of course ,I turned to my favorite shopping spots online, Etsy and Artfire to see what was out there! I was overwhelmed by the selection, there are so many wonderful beach towels and accessories available, that I thought I would share some of my finds with you!

Towels For Everyone in Your

These fun beach towels come in a large selection of colors to choose from, and many   cute beach diva designs to fit your personality! 

Great for the Soccer player in your family! These can be personalized with a name also!
Custom Fire Dept Towel by threetreesembroidery on Etsty
Too cute!

A choice of several beautiful color combinations are available in this style.
Great for anyone, but I thought they would be good for your older daughter or son!

Perfect for keeping track of everyones towel during a day at the beach!

A Few Accessories For Utilizing your Towel to its Fullest!

I love that this is a duel functioning beach towel that keeps you comfortable & organized!

Great to way to keep your towel in place from shore breezes!

These towel bags are amazing!  They are made using a beach towel that folds up perfectly into the bag for easy transport. There is an extra large zipper pocket in the interior to keep your belongings out of the sun, sand and water!
PLUS - The bag itself fits onto the back of most beach chairs preventing your towel from sliding down your chair!

Great Beach Towel & Accessories For the Little One in the Family!

What a great way to keep those pacifiers out of the sand!

These wonderful shops are filled with lots of different items that have adorable designs and many personalized items! So check them out!
I hope this helped with some great ideas for beach towels and a few accessories!!

Tracey :-)