Summer in South Jersey

It’s Summertime in NJ

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
John Steinbeck

So much truth to that quote!  This past week we welcomed the Summer Solstice and who wouldn’t want to welcome that in with huge smile?!

Since summer has arrived, I felt that I needed to get out and take some summer themed photographs.  This time of year, no matter where I go, there is color everywhere! Abundant color.  For me and my family, this year we are taking it slow, last year we planned a wedding and that didn’t leave much time for relaxation.  This summer since things are a bit quieter, I wanted to share what summer in South Jersey looks like from my perspective.  I am always thinking of ideas or a layout for story, and this week was no different.  I knew I wanted to share photographs of where I  live with all of you.

Shore towns in NJ are very similar no matter which town you are visiting.  The photos I’m sharing today were taken in Brigantine, NJ.  The Jersey Shore comes alive in the summer, there is an energy you can feel everywhere you go.   As I took these photographs, the sky was a bright blue and the clouds were just perfect.

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My husband and I also celebrated 15 years in our home.  We moved into our current house on June 24, 2002.  We were newly married (just a little over a month), we both were beginning new jobs and my daughter was attending a new camp.  I’m not exactly sure how we survived that first summer in South Jersey, but now it seems like a lifetime ago.

In our neighborhood the houses are beautifully landscaped, I walked around looking for beautiful summer flowers.  The orange tiger lilies grow wild on some of the roads near my home.  One of my neighbors has absolutely beautiful flowers in her front yard  that I could not resist photographing.

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I hope you have enjoyed a little piece of where I live.   If you have a favorite memory or an event that means “summer” to you, I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by today . . . until next week

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Imagination

A Black Pitcher … imagine the choices

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein

Imagination is an amazing tool, as humans we can escape from the world simply by imaging something. I often wonder, what about our dog, does McKenzie ever imagine anything, sometimes she sits, just staring into space, so I wonder, Continue reading “Imagination”

A Sunday Morning in June

Well life is short
And love is rare
And we all deserve to be happy while we’re here ~ Little Big Town

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Sunday Morning …

As the warm summer breeze blew through the window, my entire day was brightened. It has been a cold and rainy spring here in New Jersey and the bright sunshine was a welcomed change.  Spring typically has some warmer days but usually more cold days, then without notice summer shows up.

Today, I wanted to share some beautiful bright colors with you, which for me, represents what summer is all about.  Summer has an easiness about it, relaxed summer nights sitting on our front porch, watching the humming birds feed and play with each other.  Neighbors walking their dogs and stopping by for a small conversation and let’s not forget the beautiful sunsets and the smell of the sweet summer air.

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My blue chair featured today was quite a find in a craft store, which sadly, is not longer there.  I could not believe my ears when the owner said $20, so in my car it went.  It has served me well in the last two years that I’ve owned it.  It’s old and worn and the bright cheery blue instantly makes you feel happy.  Pair it with some vibrant orange flowers and beautiful tulips and you cannot go wrong!

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When I search for flowers, I don’t always have an idea or composition in mind.  As I begin to arrange the flowers, and play around with some of my props, the picture and story seem to unravel.  This is what brings the quiet in my mind and the peacefulness. There could be complete chaos outside my studio, but in my world, there is just calm and peace.

I’m sure there are hobbies or things that would bring the same quiet peacefulness for you, the secret is to find that one thing and bask in it.  Make it a point, if even for 10 minutes a day, to find that quiet in your mind and enjoy it.  It will change your entire perspective on how you look at your day.

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Until next week …

Debra