Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Heading South


After just a few days home from the Alaska wilderness, we headed south to sunny Florida. I'd loved to share with you a few of the sites we enjoyed on our family vacation in beautiful Santa Rosa Beach, Florida along with the others at Susan's Outdoor Wednesday. The shot above and the next two below were views from the porch of our house. Just breathtaking!


I liked to say I got this effect on purpose, but the truth is the weather was so humid that my camera lens would fog up when I stepped outside. That's what happened here, but it made for an interesting silhouette, don't you think. See the bird posing on the branch?

This photo of the Cypress trees growing out of the mass of water lilies was taken off the wooden bridge entering the neighborhood where we stayed.





On one of our bike rides down 30A, we spotted this Red-winged blackbird by a pond. We found her sitting on the same branch every day we biked. We believe she had a nest close by.


And, of course, it wouldn't be Florida without these little lizards.



But the best part of the whole trip was being with family!

Here one of my daughters and son-in-law are splashing in the pool with their baby.




And this is my other daughter and son-in-law. You might recognize her from her blog, Peacock Blu.


There's nothing like watching your little grandson enjoy so many firsts...
like the first time on the beach...

and the first time...


to wiggle his toes in the sand. Priceless!

21 comments:

Lisa Shatzer said...

Looks like fun. Love that pretty white sand!

ellen b said...

Wonderful Marsha. What precious moments! Love the family shot...

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

What a beautiful family...looks like you had the perfect vacation together...

Jadehollow said...

Priceless indeed!! What a great Family photo.. Beautiful.
Hugs,
Debbie

Mary said...

These are priceless family moments that you'll treasure in years to come. Your Florida photos are spectacular, especially the black and white affect caused by your cloudy lens.

Maya said...

Ah, you all look so Florida and beachy! And I sit here in rainy New England. Well I assume you had your share of cold and rain up in Alaska.

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

lovely family!!

We can see in all your eyes the love and happiness.

TTFN~~Claudia

Ebie said...

Love the family photograph! These are such treasured memories, especially the first for that cute grandson (love his feet soaked). You did well with your foggy lens. Great shot!

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

What terrific family photos! I especially like the "little piggies" in the sand!

Really Rainey said...

Looks like you are having a wonderful summer! I absolutely love the splashing water photo! Fabulous! Hope your week is going well...
~Really Rainey~

abeachcottage said...

oh all the best memories from the beach, what a beautiful family...

Jorgelina said...

What a beautiful family!!!
Hugs

the wild raspberry said...

great pictures! that one of the water lily is fantastic and the hazy shot of the tree~ what great luck~it turned out so neat.
looks like you all made some wonderful memories...
chasity

Regina said...

Thanks for sharing. Loveley family vacation.

Peacock Blue said...

Look at those cute little fat feet!
I got a foggy lens shot too that turned out to be a keeper!

stefanie said...

what special memories!!!!

Janie's World said...

You have a beautiful family! It is so wonderful that you could all vacation together - so lucky, so blessed! I love the picture of the Cypress trees in the water with all the Lillie pads! Beautiful pictures!

ButterYum said...

Great pics... especially the group photo!

debbie said...

Happy Belated Outdoor Wednesday
i love all the pictures but I really love the family shot where you are all dressed in white...beautiful photograph.
love the water lily and the cypress trees
hugs
debbie

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Great shots of the family, and the little toes in the sand is my favorite.I would frame that one. I love family vacations, we have on coming up in Sept.
Take care and enjoy your day,
Elizabeth

Mary-Kate said...

Great minds think alike I guess! So funny we were just up the road from you guys in FL! You are a world traveler these days...don't forget CO is open for you whenever you want to go!