Shadows & Shade at the Beach (Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 6-12-2021)

The theme for the Lens-Artists photo challenge is shadows and shade. 

Let’s go beachside. Starting with this path to the beach:

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This mint-green stucco stood out.

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Have you heard that sea turtles had a boost to nesting as humans pulled back from beaches during the pandemic?  

That is a nice outcome of the lockdowns.  

I smile to think of the folks that track the nesting sites and put up these little protective barriers. What meaningful work.

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This next image comes from where we stayed while beachside.

This old car, a Nissan 300 ZX, sits parked and the owner still keeps the plates current. 

Check out the air plant living under the tire (in the shade and shadow).

I took the photo because I knew someone, back in 1992, who had a similar car (same model, same year, and same color). It was their sports car and it was quite a little showy car.  They kept it garaged and enjoyed it on weekends. Each time I saw this run down version of that car, I was reminded that some possessions have a shelf life. I was reminded that “stuff” –  like cars and houses  – will come and go. (And okay, when we say “stuff” I think of George Carlin’s comedy routine on stuff, but that is for another time.)

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When I pulled up next to this old Z, I wondered if it was the actual car that was owned by the person I knew from Winter Park, FL (in 1992).  You know, maybe it went though a few owners over the decades and made its way from central Florida to this beachside community two hours away.

But it was the air plant that brought many smiles.  

The plant  – thriving near the tire  – reminded me that nature can be quite adaptable. I also thought of the message about how we should be adaptable and “bloom where planted.”

 I then thought about what things would be like 10 or 20 years from now.  What will really matter to me and in my life?  Not stuff, that’s for sure; instead, what might matter more is healthy relationships, how people felt, and having lived with purpose.  Having been mindful of meaningful pursuits. Having enjoyed my days and reached a level of satisfaction.  “Things and stuff” play a role in our lives – of course they do – but we cannot depend on them for fulfillment. They cannot meet the needs humans have.  I thought of how some folks “rat race their life away” in the pursuit of material possessions and then later might be sick, miserable – and unable to enjoy what they worked so hard for.  

What do we want to really accomplish with the “space between” right now and a decade from now? I will remember the Z to make sure I am mindful of what brings long-term fulfillment.

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Thanks for your visit today.

Have you been to the beach lately?

Have you seen any old cars that brought you down memory lane?

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Care to join in with the Lens-Artists?

 

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62 thoughts on “Shadows & Shade at the Beach (Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 6-12-2021)

  1. Great shadows Yvette. Love the car story. Not been to the beach for a while. Must pop down soon to see what migratory birds may be around πŸ™‚

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    1. the beach was very calm and quiet – only one day was it choppy
      thanks for taking the time to leave a comment

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  2. Such an inviting, mysterious boardwalk, Yvette, and I love the way the shadows enhance the palms on your cute street art scene. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Don’t we all stop and evaluate what it is that gives us joy and purpose, at some point? Before it’s too late!

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    1. hi Jo! thanks for your comment but i am not sure everyone does this pondering enough-
      there are some who are immersed with materials and wealth pursuits – including some young 20 -somethings I know – stuff – status and stars and stuff is their pursuit – yawn. and not saying those things are always bad – but leave folks wanting – cannot fill the inner needs humans have – side note
      there is a documentary by Lauren Greenfield called Generation Wealth –
      it really shows part of the culture that is “materialistic and image-obsessed” and further supports my argument that many folks never have this pondering

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    1. hi Norah
      and we both know my musing thoughts were truly not my own- i felt some maya angelou creep in there (with how people felt) and who knows where i got the other ideas – nothing new under the sun and i guess i have soaked up form those that passed on their wisdom and knowledge and kits keep learning and growing – right ?
      πŸŒΈπŸŒΊπŸ™

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      1. That’s right, Yvette. We soak up the wisdom of all those that surround us – whether in the here and now or those who have gone before.

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    1. hi! the barriers help and they also have signs for people reminding them to keep porch lifts off between ascertain hours and to keep noise down!

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  3. Yvette, I enjoyed all your choices, especially the last one which is unusual, and your musings as well. Although I know we have more stuff than we need, our two moves in under ten years, one very, very quickly, helped get rid of quite a lot. I periodically try to downsize at least at little also.

    janet

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    1. hi janet! i know we ha e talked about “stuff” before and moving will sure help purge! or it can! we once had an executive move and it was so posh that i think we ended up with more stuff (kidding) but then had other moves where a lot of stuff went!
      and side note here – i am not a minimalist and hope to never be one. And i think some folks are wired (or shaped) to pursue money more rehab others – i really do think it sometimes has a personality and upbringing connection
      and the musings here really was just what i thought every time i saw that car!
      the folks i know that owned their “88 one – the hubs was a doctor and wife stay at home and i recall they often had money spats (my boyfriend D told me).
      and so that couple was also in my mind.
      and then of course i could have gotten into how some folks place their security in the wealth of this world and forget about heavenly treasures – and i am getting ready to read a randy alcotn book called “tenure principle”
      anyhow – i really wasn’t trying to preach or even be anti the rat race (because i believe there is a time to hustle the rat race to reach some goals ) but the car kept reminding me how fleeting possessions can be – hmmmm
      thanks for the nice comment

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  4. Hi Y!
    Lovely post, I’m a shadow lover and have shared a few shadows of my horses and I in a few posts as well!! And my musings this weekend I shared are similar to yours as I’ve been reflecting and trying to remember to relish each day here and enjoy it as much as possible. My musings and yours intertwined with stuff and material things (I Love George Carlins “stuff” I’ve seen many times!) Makes you think about what is truly important in our lives. I loved how you shared (not preaching at all) just flows so nicely as I read. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos and making one reflect and for me remember how lucky and happy to be here! ❀️ ~D

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    1. Hi D – we really were on the same page this week,
      And thanks for getting that I was not trying to preach in this post – haha – there are times when I might be trying to give readers a message – but my thoughts really just evolved around that car. I remember those folks that owned the car when it was new= and not that it was a super high end sports car – but the idea of fleeting materials came my way. And John ortberg said “it all goes back int he box’ –

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    1. oh that was so nice to read (still smiling) and you know Tracy, n the 1990s I really loved Mary Engelbert stuff. And that phrase “bloom where you are planted” was one of her favs to include with her art. And what I learned is that it only applies sometimes – because there are time when you cannot bloom where planted (wrong soil, wrong zone for the species, too much sun or not enough, etc.) and so there are times to ax something or move – but then there are other times to fight and dig in and amend in ways that help the bloom. hmmmmm and who would have though that an old car could get me all thinking this deep – hahah

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      1. True. Sometimes we bloom where planted and other times we need to pull up roots and go elsewhere. I’m kind of in that process myself right now (metaphorically speaking).

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  5. Yvette I think you have come up with some very interesting responses to the challenge. I love the shadows producing the arcs on the wall opposite. Also the shadows of the palms blending in with the wall art palm trees.

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  6. My favorite is the bridge, but the arches, I really dig that one as well.

    Carlin was a modern day philosopher who figured out the world for us, one skit at a time. And his “Stuff” skit . . an all time classic.

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    1. Hi sorry less – it amazes me how much of Carlin’s material still applies – all these decades later – and that “stuff” routine is one of my favs from him

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  7. I do love your choices, Yvette, my favourites are the mint-green and the last one. But your musings are also mine. I am happy to say my two children (1990’s) are not into stuff either. We all try to think and validate… but I am not that good at down-sizing. We should have moved more than once. I see my children has bought new homes and are so good at it…
    Love it what happened to the turtles, and some other positive things for nature. I am afraid most people will not learn…but will go back to life as it was before covid. Unfortunately I have almost always no confidence in people learning from history.

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    1. Hi there, thanks so much for your heartfelt comment πŸ™‚
      and sadly, some folks never will learn from history – but I do believe that the folks that do stay reverent and do carry the lessons – well they can in fact make a difference by raising awareness (naturally and as it comes up) maybe like you dd in your comment to me. You know, sometimes we pay it forward when we keep the conversation going here and there (something like that). I guess the power of the few who advocate….
      πŸ™‚

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  8. Such a nice collection of photos Yvette and my favorite one is the path to the beach with the beautiful leaves scattered on the boardwalk. Very calming effect seeing it. I cannot remember the last time I went to the beach to be honest … it’s been a very long time.

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    1. thanks Linda – and we are trying to make sure we make it to the beach more this year – because if we do not make it happen we won’t go and then we lose

      and the colors of those leaves have a slight fall feel to me – but that is how they look in later spring and early summer – nice and orange and green

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      1. That’s interesting Yvette as I assumed it was a Fall shot. They were beautiful but I associated those fallen leaves with Autumn. Go to the beach as you’ll have warm memories then during those occasional ice and snow storms you get.

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  9. Great selections.
    “Everyone says GIVE BACK!
    I didn’t TAKE anything!!
    I EARNED everything I have!” –George Carlin, more or less πŸ˜‚

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    1. hahaha – that was great John and I could almost see Carlin’s face as I read those words – his points were so good and he was gifted as an orator and comedian – thanks for adding that

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  10. Fun post Yvette, and some excellent food for thought! I liked your comments about what you’d care about in 10+ years. Loved the shadow of the sign too, very clever. We had a difficult setback this week when we had a serious fire at our home. The response of our many friends was incredible, reminding me of exactly what is most important. we are both fine, discovered the fire by lucky chance before it took down our entire home, and are staying with good, generous friends while the house is uninhabitable. Work is underway, the firemen were fast and capable, and the insurance company has been fantastic about covering everything we lost. We never know what life has in store, do we?!

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    1. I am so sorry to hear about the fire. And truly that was a good thing that you caught it before it was worse. OH Tina, it really does fit in with the thoughts I had the day I wrote this post – and reminds me of a long time ago when someone gave an activity and asked what would you take If your house was burning down. Made you consider the few things that might top the list and what we might treasure. Anyhow, hope you did not lose too many irreplaceable things and will check upcoming posts for updates

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      1. Thx Yvette. Probably won’t post about the fire, too personal. I happened to have been working on my laptop when we discovered the fire so I grabbed it, my purse and my i-phone and left! Thank goodness because the amount of electronic communication is huge!! We were very fortunate that nothing truly important burned!

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    1. thanks SO much – and I really feel like some photos take themselves – or the setting is so pretty or nice on its own and it makes for great photos πŸ™‚

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  11. A beautiful response to the challenge Yvette and I especially love the protective barriers created around the turtle nesting sites πŸ’œπŸ’

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  12. Wonderful images and messages. Sometimes we get too caught up in stuff that really doesn’t matter and miss what does.

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  13. Great to see the shadows Yvette appreciated so much. you really have to be a pro and know the timing when photographing. Great shotsπŸ’–πŸ’–β£οΈβ£οΈ so happy for the turtlesπŸ’–

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    1. Hi – thanks for the feedback and most of these photos were quickly taken – because I am truly not a pro – I just take a lot of pictures every week (or try to) and so many of my photos seem to be casual- or they just have my essence- and I guess even if I was a pro I would not be the slow, meticulous type to wait on timing – I take the shot and get what I get – hahahahah

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