Neighborhood Bear

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This photo was taken on a beautiful April day in the high 70’s and clear skies. Everyone has decided it’s time to  come out of hibernation from the winter. My husband John and I took the dog on a walk up toward the reservoir. Nothing eventful during the walk, until after dinner when our shepherd, Bailey started growling…  well the neighborhood bear came out of hibernation too!

People were pulled over taking pictures of the bear in our neighbor’s yard and we pulled out our camera too…. Floridians remember?   He disappeared for awhile and then reappeared with the neighbors garbage can and was having a nice smorgasbord in their yard! I remember hearing  of the “neighborhood bear” and to not put out your garbage until the morning of pick up!

We did see him a few more times wondering between the homes and definitely have him in my mind when I take the dog out for a walk.  No worries though, it’s winter and we are back to hibernating!

End of Day

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Theme – End of Day by Kim

An amazing end of day – July 4th on Waikiki Beach! We were relaxing to the sounds of a traditional island band enjoying an incredible meal with the family. It doesn’t get better…

Celebrating the Sunflower

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Lovely sunflowers are  blooming in my garden. The seed head forms a circle composed of disk flowers crowded together. A single sunflower head hosts hundreds of tiny flowers called florets.

“True friends are like bright sunflowers that never fade away, even over distance and time.” ― Marie Williams Johnstone


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

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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…


Beautifully Framed



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.