Beautiful Spaces

DSC_0011Photo Frida Theme – Architecture by Kim O’Neill

This is the inside of the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. I loved this space. It was modern, yet a peaceful place among many people.

Sport Support

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Photo Friday Theme: Moody by Kim 

While spending summers with travel softball, I found that every player has a hard day from time to time. They play multiple games a day for 2-3 day tournament in the hot summer weather…  some dealing with injury and overuse. Girls give up the majority of their social lives during the travel season, dedicating their time to a sport they love.

In those tough moments, the “sport support” come in to give some encouragement, a laugh or TLC. These friends and family members being there for the girls make all the difference in what TEAM means.

 

 

Strike a Pose

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Photo Friday Theme – From Nature by Kimberly O’Neill

If you can’t find it in nature, visit your nearest nature center!

This ibis’ habitat is at Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida. My fellow blogger and photo enthusiast Diane took this photo field trip with me. It was great to go to an attraction with a fellow photographer as we are in the same mindset.

Symbol of Freedom & Resiliency

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Photo Friday Theme - BIG by Kim O’Neill

The Freedom Tower soars to a whopping 1,776 feet high (104 stories big)!

One World Trade Center is America’s tallest building and a new symbol of our country’s freedom and resiliency. This New York landmark was designed by David M. Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The 3 million-square-foot building includes office space, observation deck and world-class restaurants.

I took this shot recently as my friend Lana wanted to see the memorial pools and the new Memorial Museum. It was the first time I’ve been to the pools as an open park (not waiting in line and security)

The Museum was very subdued, respectful and informative on all we lost on September 11, 2001.

Information found on www.wtc.com

Lovely

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Aunt Judy

Photo Friday Theme – Portrait by Kim O’Neill

A beautiful moment of my Aunt Judy with her grandson.

She and my Uncle were celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

A very special day!

A Place to Dream

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Photo Friday Theme – Solitude by Kim O’Neill

The Cliffs of Kerry

From high above I sit in solitude,

listening to the wind sing and waves meet the cliffs

greens, turquoise and deep blue wrapped in mist

brings me to a place of peace. – Kimberly O’Neill

It’s in the details

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Photo Friday Theme- Black and White by Kim O’Neill

This photo was taken on a recent trip to Ireland where John and I celebrated our 25th anniversary. We were exploring the seaside town of Kinsale with it’s quaint streets and I noticed this detail in one of the windows.

Kinsale has an abundance of lovely, artsy shoppes and excellent restaurants. My favorite meal of our trip was at a restaurant named Fishy Fishy. The salmon was the best I have ever tasted and the mussel appetizer was so sweet, I’ve now become a fan! Brilliant!

Kinsale by Derek Mahon

The kind of rain we knew is a thing of the past –
deep-delving, dark, deliberate you would say,
browsing on spire and bogland; but today
our sky-blue slates are steaming in the sun,
our yachts tinkling and dancing in the bay
like race-horses. We contemplate at last
shining windows, a future forbidden to no-one.

 

 

Greener Pastures

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Photo Friday Theme – Green by Kim O’Neill

This photo was taken on the west coast of Ireland in the area of Slieve League. Incredible shoreline and breathtaking cliffs made it a sight now to be missed (except for the other half of our group learning “Gaelic Football”) We even had the true movie experience where the bus had to wait for sheep to cross the road!

This was such a memorable trip. Today we leave again for Ireland… minus the bus and 60+.  This time it’s a party of four driving ourselves into a new adventure.

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PS: Wishing the Maureen/Caitlin’s girls from our last trip much success in Montreal for the 2014 Irish Dance Championships!

Simplicity is Beauty

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Theme – Simplicity by Kim O’Neill

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating;

to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter. . .

to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring

– these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”
–  John Burroughs

Sky Canvas, Summerland Key