Broken pieces of a textured sea

Every shell is unique. Different shape, size, color, and texture.  

Every shell has a history.  Loved by an animal, battered by the seas, washed onto the shores, chosen by an admiring hand.

Loved, and lost, and loved again.

Most shells have been chipped, broken, and bruised over time.  However, that only adds to their beauty.  

I can’t help but thinking shells are a lot like people.  We are all bruised, lost, and worn…

…but we are also all unique, and beautiful, and loved.

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These photos are my entries for Dutch Goes the Photo’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Broken, De Monte Y Mar’s Tuesdays of Texture,   and Found Round and About’s 52 Tuesdays: Texture

Looking forward to sandy footsteps

Winter, spring, SUMMER!  Yes, the arrival of spring means summer is not far behind!  I fully intend to savor every moment of spring, but that doesn’t mean I can’t also look forward to the excitement of summer.  There are a million smells, tastes, and textures that come to mind when I think of summer.However, one beats out all the rest…

the beach!

I look forward to wiggling my toes in the warm sand and walking along the water, letting the ocean waters wash my worries away.

The beach waits for no one…and I can’t wait for the beach.

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This is my entry for Dutch Goes the Photo’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Forward and De Monte y Mar’s Tuesdays of Texture.

My favorite flower

I ADORE flowers.  My hubby is welcome to bring them home anytime he wants (hint, hint), but what I really love is seeing flowers peeking up through my garden.  I love watching my perennials pop up and slowly stretch themselves to a full bloom, as if they are stretching their arms from the long winter nap.

I am often discovering new varieties of plants that I would love to add to my garden, but one plant remains my all-time favorite.  The hydrangea.

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Blooming Beauties

Spring is just around the corner!  Ironically, we have snow forecast for the weekend, but I have spring on the brain.  Our poor plants have been so confused by the ups and downs in weather this winter, but I am looking forward to the days where blooms are abundant and bees are buzzing.

This week’s topic for the Tuesday Photo Challenge at Dutch Goes The Photo is BLOOM.  So perfect for those like myself who are getting excited for spring’s bloom.  Here are a couple of my favorite blooming beauties… Zinnias!  I plant these every year and each year I get a different array of beautiful colors.

I can’t wait to see what blooms this year.

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One last little petal blooming up from the center of this hot pink beauty

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A pop of red against the the lush green background

Do you have any blooms popping up where you live?  Any other signs of spring?

Tuesday Photo Challenges

First of all, thanks to Cee’s Photography for introducing me to two great new blogs and photography challenges this week.

This is my submission for these two photo challenges.  I think it fits well under both topics of texture and abandonment:

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Tuesday Photo Challenge- Abandoned

 

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Ruins of an abandoned church in Harper’s Ferry, VA

I love the contrasting textures of the leaves and stones in this picture.  It looks like nature has taken on the responsibility of camouflaging this piece of history to protect it.