Thursday, June 23, 2011

Joy

Royal Terns

Joy

isn't that just a great word

simple, playful, light
not full of itself
but just
sits there
confidently
waiting for me
to own it

: : :

One of my most favorite places is a beach on the northern end of Anna Maria Island.  We visit several times a year and each evening, The Professor and I pack up a bottle of wine and our chairs and stroll to an almost deserted beach for sunset. 

Well ....  we may have to share it with a few of the local inhabitants but I don't really mind.  
They really put on a show for us, swooping and preening and fishing.

I took the above photo this past spring.  
Everytime I look at it ... 
it makes me
smile

And for me,
that is pure

joy

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33 comments:

Snappy Di said...

They look very proud of their hairdos! This is a really neat photo!

Di

texwisgirl said...

remember the movie, "City of Angels" with Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan? how the angels meet on the beach to watch the sunrise? that's what came to mind when i saw this photo. just wonderful.

Judy said...
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Judy said...

That comment totally didn't sound right, I left out a few words :)))
What I wanted to say was..
I'm with Di, they sure do look pretty proud standing there. I love the photo.
There that's better :)

Gods Little People said...

Renaa, how I just love your gorgeous photos! Love that last post so much - I'm smitten with Theo Thumper, adorable!

Barbara Shallue said...

What a great photo - it truly does express Joy! And I agree with your description of the word. My puppy Belle just exudes joy, too. I can't help but smile just looking at her! What a blessing!

Liza said...

This picture gave me joy too.

Misty said...

Love the lighting. So pretty! New to your blog. Feel free to check mine out when you get a chance. http://throughaphotographerseyes.blogspot.com/

Kamana said...

oh wow these are so cute. and i love the light in the shot.

Deborah L. Tisch said...

These little guys are so beautiful! Love how they are holding their heads and just soaking up the sun.

Tammie Lee said...

gorgeous photo, light and detail are wonderful. I loved your words about Joy, perfect.

Marcie said...

Yes - this is so absolutely joyous!! How can you not smile when you look at these little guys!?!?!

Jane said...

Isn't it so true, you take a photo you love and it gives you that "ah" feeling every time you look at it. Great shot, the lighting is lovely and your description of your time spent at this beach is lovely too.

Meri said...

What magnificent birds! They look so regal. I totally identify with your feeling of looking at a really great photo you've taken and getting a rush of joy. . . joy that you captured something so well, joy at remembering the moment and the circumstances, and well -- just joy.

lisa said...

What a great photograph Reena.
The light and composition are wonderful!

Dawn Elliott said...

What a lovely scenario to contemplate - wonderful post!

Love of the Sea said...

What a great photo! I have heard of Ana Maria Island and would love to go some day. I hear there is fantastic shelling there. Thanks for sharing!

Tammy said...

The sunset has provided the perfect lighting. I love royal terns. We don't have them around here, so they are a special treat when we visit family in Florida.

Jillsy Girl said...

I have never had the pleasure of seeing one of these magnificent birds in person. I'm sure they must be a delight!

Jennifer Richardson said...

Joy....absolutely one of my
favorite words!
So meaty and light and sweet
all at once...like the perfect
protein shake:)
And loving on those little
fellows wallowing in seabreezes.
I do envy their wings just a bit!
Wonderful share
....thanks,
Jennifer

Catherine said...

Joy is indeed a beautiful word. And I love your photo Cute birds!
xo Catherine

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What beautiful seabirds. I don't think I've ever seen one. Finding a deserted place to sip wine and sit by the ocean sounds so wonderful.

Henrietta said...

That is amazing and perfect light. If I just could see this in my own eyes in real time. Lovely

Daryl said...

It is joyful .. bring an unbrella, its raining here

Tracy said...

Hello, there! I found my way here via ELk's Red or Gray blog... I see you're Philadelphia. I grew up & lived most of my life in York, PA, not far from wonderful Phillie. Now living in Norway, across the Atlantic. Great to meet you and see your dazzling photos--they transport! :o)

Ms. Becky said...

this photo put a smile on my face too. it's so feel-good. I agree with Kamana, you've captured the light beautifully here. and I'm loving those top-hats on the terns. thanks for sharing your joy, it lifted me up. your description of the evening shared on the beached is delightful.

beth said...

they are fantastic....i love how they have raised their faces to the sun....

Pat said...

Perfect caption for this wonderful photo!

bettyl said...

Those are beautiful birds! I've never seen any like that.

faye said...

Just love the Terns... probably my favorite
of the coastal birds in Florida.

elizabeth said...

that is my favorite beach too - Anna Marie Island - its' as if time stops there - we love eating at the sand bar -we are actually heading there for the 4th.
it's a small blogging world!!

Oliag said...

I have wandered here via elks link at red or gray....and will stay to visit awhile...I need to mention tha Anna Maria Island is one of my favorite places on earth...my parents used to spend vacations there...and eventually moved to Bradenton...now that they are gone I try to visit the island often...

...I also love Portugal:)

Kathy said...

Love this photo!