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Soft Winged Things

I was always a lover of soft-winged things. ~ Victor Hugo 1 2 3 4 6 7 10 12

I am teleporting myself back to the beach as I edit and sort my seaside shots … I prefer the white water over the white snow falling outside my window!

Before I put in an order this week for some new photos on glass I’d love to know which are your favorite beach shots from this batch of birds above and/or from the still life’s or these seaweed shots. I always wonder if the ones I love match the ones you love : )

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Apr 13, 2013 | Post by: Christine 9 Comments

Swami’s Beach Cat!?

You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats.  ~Proverb 1

I was a bit bleary eyed when I was descending the steep stairs down to the sand, it was the second day of my new early morning routine. When I turned the corner and looked up from my hot cup of tea, at first I was wondering if I was seeing things … which sometimes happens … do you hallucinate — did you know 30% of us hallucinate!? oops off on a tangent. Okay back to the coolest cat I think I’ve ever met. He let me scratch his neck and take his photo. 2

I asked him to be careful climbing back up the handrail, it’s so high off the ground and I was scared he might fall, but he had other ideas. He turned around showed me how easy it is to walk on a 2″ balance beam, following me down to the beach. It was so weird and wonderful to be on the beach with a cat! He was very social and playful; tossing around stones, relaxing and watching the birds I was photographing on the shore … 3 4

I chatted with a local that said he was Samson ~ Swami’s Beach Cat. He comes down to the beach often, his owner lives in one of the houses near Swami’s SRF retreat. It was hard to say goodbye to my new friend but I was getting hungry and decided to grab an egg & bagel sandwich.

Instead of eating in the cafe, I walked up to the overlook and had my breakfast looking out on the ocean. When I finished, I wandered amongst the big beautiful homes with the stunning ocean views. I stood for a bit staring at one of the last lots for sale dreaming about building a beach side home. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a tail signaling and was again surprised to see another cat! 5

Our eyes met and he wandered my way. Look at those beautiful eyes. I think this guy is named Pete?? He had a similar collar and tag and was just as friendly as Samson. 6

I think these two are siblings, what do you think? 7If you ever get to Swami’s Beach in Encinitas, CA I hope you get to meet these two cool cats.

Did you know today is National Sibling Day?

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Apr 10, 2013 | Post by: Christine 6 Comments

Seaweed Shapes

Love is like seaweed; even if you have pushed it away, you will not prevent it from coming back. ~ Nigerian Proverb 10 9 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

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Apr 09, 2013 | Post by: Christine 11 Comments
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