Saturday, July 18, 2015

One of the advantages of living here are these wonderful sunsets we get to enjoy.

Our community acquired a vacant lot along the James River which was unsuitable for housing.  They made it into a beach and Park.  In this picture, you can see the jetty which leads a drainage ditch to the River.  The beach has a sandy bottom and stays shallow (knee-deep) about 100 feet out, so its nice place for kids and dogs to romp.  Frisbee is a big passtime for the older kids.  We also have a gazebo and a couple of picnic tables in addition to the wide sandy beach.  The neighborhood association maintains the park, and holds picnics and potlucks here a couple of times a year, bringing in local bands to entertain us.

Sometimes, Lee and I hike down to the Beach to watch dolphins swim upriver to feed during the early morning hours.  It seems I never have my camera when we see them, but here's a shot of upriver at night.  I was surprised to learn recently that manatees can be seen in the Chesapeake Bay area from time to time.  They migrate from warmer areas south of here.  How 'bout that. We haven't seen that, yet, but maybe....

Living by the sea is a new and fun experience for us.  I've run across some wonderful vistas that are so peaceful and pretty.  I'm hoping that I can start regaining more energy to drag out my tripod and camera to capture some of these beautiful scenes after chemo and radiation stop a few weeks from now.  In the meantime, I'll just have to be satisfied with these random cell phone shots.  I'm halfway there, Huzzah.  

Until next time --

                                                    ~~ Karen ~~


  1. Absolutely beautiful photos, Karen, and I am happy to learn that the sea is bringing you peace and fun! Interesting to learn that you have manatees all the way up there! Love and prayers, dear one!

  2. Wow how beautiful - I'd love to be there with you! The water is so calming to me. Wouldn't it be fun to see a manatee!!! Congrats on making it halfway through, keep going girl, you're gonna do this - keeping you in prayer!

  3. I agree, beautiful photos. Lucky you being able to access the beach and such unusual wildlife so readily. Being near the water can be very healing I think.



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