Feb 12, 2009

PSF - Let's go to the beach!

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek


On Saturday morning I woke up to the sound of rain falling.  We don't get rain very often so it was a welcomed sound.

When I walked into the dining room I could tell by the way the sky looked that there had to be a rainbow somewhere outside.  I wasn't disappointed.  This rainbow (unlike the last one I shared a few months ago) was not only a complete arching rainbow that reached from one side of the valley to the other.....it was also a double rainbow.


In between storms I decided to take my Canon down to the beach to practice using some new found camera knowledge.  It is so nice going to the beach this time of year!  Why?  The lack of people inhabiting the sand!

I did however find a lot of seagulls hanging out!  It was late in the afternoon and the perfect time to get a few reflection shots.  

The late afternoon is also good for taking shots of long shadows.  I wished I had the nerve to ask these surfers to pose for me.  Because I would have moved just a little more to the left in order to capture the great shadows they were casting.

As it so happens, I was being quick so that I wouldn't get caught taking their picture.

After photographing the backsides of a few more unsuspecting surfers I decided to sit down on some rocks near the waters edge and see what I could find to shoot.

I found the above sea weed bobber thing-a-ma-jiggy and while I was concentrating on getting the exposure and focus just so the water came up and covered my feet!

Crap!  I should know better than to wear anything but flip flops to the beach, but it was cold and.......oh, I have no excuses!  I should have known better.

The water that rushed in was cold but it felt oddly warm and comforting once inside my running shoes.  My jeans on the other hand felt horrible.  Heavy, sandy and rough!

I hope you enjoyed this little trip down to the pacific ocean?

Cheers!

49 comments:

Cecily R said...

FAbulous shots...makes me jealous that you have such a beautiful backdrop right there waiting for you and your camera!!!!

Oh, and that double rainbow is gorgeous!

K said...

I'm smelling sea salt and hearing those gulls call out.
Great photo story!
Sometimes I miss the beach. The shores of Mighty Mo just doesn't count.

Bren said...

I LOVE your shots. Makes me miss the ocean. That rainbow photo is fantastic. Great catch!

nikkicrumpet said...

Great pictures...I love your new camera....I don't even bother with a good camera because my skill level doesn't justify it lol

Jen said...

Oh thank you for taking me to the beach. It has been so long since I was there.

And as always, great photos!

Krystyn said...

That beach is beautiful. The lighting is perfect! And, I love the little thing-a-ma-jiggie!

Emily said...

Love it! So makes me want to hit the beach!

Chris said...

Gorgeous shots! Your new found knowledge is serving you well!

California gulls look a lot better in California than they do in Utah.

scrappysue said...

those are some GREAT shots michelle!

A Crafty Mom said...

Wow - amazing!!!! Seriously gorgeous, makes me want to escape all this snow for a little beach adventure.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

great shots of the beach (again girl - no fair) although I'm so okay with it this week as we had sun for 3 days this past week - although for the past2 days it has been crap again!

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

So beautiful!! I want to go to the beach now!!

Indrani said...

I haven't been to the beach for a long time.. your shots and description makes me want to go there!

Summer said...

Incredible photography!

Aly @ Lip Zip said...

I do love going to the beach in the winter...even if you do have to wear jeans and sneakers! Your photos are so beautiful.

ValleyGirl said...

I DID enjoy the trip ~ thank you!!! At the rate I'm going, vicariously is the only way I'm ever going to get to a place like that... {sigh}

Those shots are incredible! It must be wonderful having the beach to yourself in the off-season.

Casey's trio said...

So awesome that you can escape to the beach so easily....lucky southern CA girl!

Mandy said...

WOW! Gorgeous.

mommaof4wife2r said...

i NEED the beach now...cold or not, i need the beach. i am sooo done with the snow already.

great shots...love the unknowing surfers!

Kelly Deneen said...

I am so jealous! I miss the ocean so much, but your shots made me feel like I was there with you. Happy Friday!

Kat said...

Wow! Gorgeous shots. I love that rainbow. It is so bright. And two of them. Wow!

Kris said...

Beautiful pics!

I miss the ocean.

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

Great photos! I miss the beach so much!

Kimber said...

Great photos. You are lucky to live so close to the beach.

Live.Love.Eat said...

What cool shots! And a chilly day on the beach is so awesome isn't it? You can go there and all of a sudden your perspective on some things can just change in an instant. You would think I do it often but I don't. I just know it makes me feel that way. So invigorating. I got a little bit of that feeling looking at your pics :)

Happy V Day!

Straight to Your Hart said...

Love the candid shots and the beautiful rainbow (s)!

Ah...I can just make out the smell of the great Pacific...makes me miss living back that way..

The Blonde Duck said...

I desperately want to go to the beach! I haven't been in years!

Elaine A. said...

I'm so jealous that you can just pop right over to the beach. So not fair!! ; )

Those rainbows are just amazing!!

Jenners said...

Great shots! I love how you are experimenting with your camera! I love the "thing-a-ma-bobby" seaweed! And I guess photographers must be willing to get wet for their craft! I love that you were so intent on taking the photo that you didn't notice. And the rainbow one is amazing! And the seagull one is beautiful! Keep up the good work! I love seeing your photos!

CC said...

Your beach pics are always gorgeous and always leave me sooooo jealous!

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous photos! You make me want to learn more about photography. Thanks for the trip to the beach!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Wonderful shots! The double rainbow is beautiful!

Momma said...

Beautiful pics! You are very talented!

I would take a cool day at the beach over what we have here anyday!

Robyn said...

Beautiful photos. I envy those of you so close to the beach.

Momisodes said...

Oh how I miss the Pacific ocean. These shots were beautiful!

blueviolet said...

I loved it and I'm so glad you gave us this little tour!

Mammatalk said...

What a gorgeous stroll down the beach.

Jenni Jiggety said...

Beautiful pictures, Michelle!!!

lisaschaos said...

I'm so accustomed to seeing ice that at first I thought those waves were ice chunks. :) Beautiful! Great day for a beach trip there!

Lindsay said...

Ugh, wet sandy jeans are the worst! That being said, your pictures are gorgeous! I wish I lived close enough to the ocean to drive down for a quick photoshoot/quiet time session.

Halftime Lessons said...

GREAT pictures...and i love the ifdea of surfing, but then I remember what I look like in a wetsuit.

;-)


Jay

Coachdad said...

What a beautiful blog! Loved those pics!

tommie said...

Those are gorgeous! I think I like the last one the best.

Thanks for visiting my PSF.

Melissa said...

WOW...great shots!!! Makes me wish I was there.. :)

BTW- I have those same sneakers

Mommynightowl said...

I love the photos. And I hate that feeling too of heavy sandy jeans.

Honey Mommy said...

What nice pictures! I could almost hear the gulls and the roaring of the water!

Thanks for the trip to the beach.

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

Your post was so calm and peaceful. I love the beach and all that you captured. I wish I had a beach near me, I'd spend all my time there. Me and my camera that is. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful day!

Lori said...

What lovely pictures.
I live in the mountains of Virginia and hardly ever make it to the beach.
Thanks for sharing...I'm still trying to figure that thingy-ma-bob picture out!

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

So cool! Your beach is so much more scenic than mine.

I think seeing a rainbow is lucky, and a double rainbow even better!

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