Lately, I have had several opportunities to take family portraits of friends and friends of friends… In just a few sessions, I have developed a newfound respect for people who do this to make a living. It is hard work! These sessions were just casual family photo shoots done for a few friends and my stomach was in knots. I can’t imagine the pressure of being responsible for someone’s wedding photographs. Continue reading
We recently stayed at the Gasparilla Inn in Boca Grande, Florida for their Food and Wine Weekend. While I wrote about that experience extensively, there is much to share about this island, beyond the food and wine festival. It is an island paradise that welcomes sun-seekers, nature lovers, fishermen, golfers, bikers, sea shell enthusiast and just about anyone looking for a place to disappear into the fabric of this 1950’s throwback village. Continue reading
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We have just returned from the Gasparilla Inn Food and Wine Weekend, which concluded its 12th year. The Inn is located on the small island of Boca Grande, which is on the West coast of Florida. The Gasparilla Inn was built in 1911 and has a rich history which you can read about here. Continue reading
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Last week we drove out to the beach to watch the sunset from a dock on the river which is literally just steps across the road from the Atlantic ocean. It is our favorite place to enjoy a bottle of wine and be quiet with each other while taking in the beauty of nature.
It had been a clear, cool day with some interesting cloud patterns floating about so we had expectations of a pretty sunset. What we did not expect, was the effect that the intense sunset on the river would have behind us, on the ocean. With a show happening on both sides of the road it was hard to choose a favorite. So, I will leave it to you to decide. River side or ocean?
I took these photos about twenty minutes apart as the sun was going down.
Invite beauty and contentment into your life with every sunrise and every sunset. We cherish moments like these and pray that we will always be delighted by unexpected, simple pleasures.
During the years leading up to retirement, travel was what we looked forward to doing most with our leisure time. I am a curious wanderer, (will go anywhere at any time, with no particular agenda) and Malcolm is intent and purposeful. He likes to research and understand as much as possible before committing to a destination. Both approaches net the same result – life is infinitely richer because we travel. Continue reading