Summertime

“it’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!”
― 
Kenny Chesney

Waikiki sunriseTheme – Summer by Kim

Waking up to watch the sunrise just for the beauty of it…. no alarm, a morning stroll on the beach, planning a day with your family over Blue Kona java… this has all the makings of a summertime family vacation.

Years ago it was easier to plan as the kids were happy to go on whatever adventure was before them. As time has passed, they have had commitments through sports, camps and responsibilities working, so the family vacation idea becomes a little more difficult as they become adults.

So today’s family vacations are precious moments that bring us together to relax, play and adventure. A place to reconnect in a new locale (or old favorite one) and make time for those most important to us… our family.

“it’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!”
― Kenny Chesney

Inverted Pattern


Photo Friday Theme – Pattern by Kim

My shot was taken at the Flagler House in West Palm Beach. This elegant estate had beautiful decor and ornate details throughout the home and ceilings. The ceiling pattern above was gold on a white ceiling which I inverted in photoshop.

Softer than Soft

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This sweet little cat is Rue. She is my daughter’s cat and is named after a character from the book, “The Hunger Games.” Rue is sweet as can be but is also a tough kitty – she rules over the household including the german shepherd.

Her fur is like the coat of a bunny, softer than a stuffed animal. When she snuggles up to you, she is a little fuzzy ball of warmth! Softer than soft…

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Beautifully Framed

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Photo Friday Theme – Beach by Kim O’Neill

A morning stroll along Hollywood Beach Walk where I captured the beach framed by the architectural elements along the boardwalk.

Beautifully Lit in the Darkness

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IMG_6169Photo Friday Theme – Darkness

This shot was taken while I was exploring Universal Orlando as my girls were on a ride I didn’t want to ride. I love the lighting of the building against the strong blue darkness of the clouds.

Kim

 

Black Valley Mountain Ring

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Photo Friday Theme – Mountain

This photo was from The Lake Hotel in Killarney, which is nestled on the lake of Lough Lein, Killarney’s lower lake. The magnificent view has a backdrop of the mountain-ringed Black Valley and the 12th century McCarthy Mór castle ruins.

I would love to go back to explore the Killarney National Forest!

Kim

Sunset on the Hudson

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Photo Friday Theme – City

We headed into the city to celebrate my daughter’s 21st birthday. On the drive in, I captured this shot of the Trump towers with the beautiful colors from the sun setting showing it’s reflection on the buildings and sky.

Kim

Inisheer Landscape

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Photo Friday theme – Gray

I took this shot off the coast of County Clare, Ireland when exploring the Aran Islands. We spent the day on Inisheer, the smallest of the islands.  The gray limestone throughout the island landscape is truly grand as well as the island’s many stone walls.

This photo is of grikes (crevices) in the surface. They provide moist shelter for a wide range of plants.  When the limestone pavement is covered by a thin layer of soil, patches of grass are seen, interspersed with plants like the gentian and orchids. (information from wikipedia)

Kim