Monday, October 3, 2011

Beach time ...

With the blessings of our backyard feathered friends, The Professor and I flew south this past weekend (just like our little hummingbirds!) for some R & R time in Anna Maria with family and friends.  (Probably more R & R time for me since The Professor has always got professorial work to do.)

But before I get to that, I just want to comment on the fact that should you have the desire to learn a new language, like Korean, please save your exercises while in the privacy of your home and not in the airplane seat in front of me.   Some chick thought that repeating over and over again Korean phrases ... out LOUD, mind you ... was a perfectly normal thing to do while flying.

Rude, Rude, Rude!

Okay, now that I have that off my chest, let's get to more pleasant things.  All the photos below were edited with Topaz.  I love using it when I have limited time to edit.  And when you have grandsons around, there is limited time!






Our grandsons were quite anxious to try a little fishing off our own dock.  Never mind the fact that there isn't much to catch here compared to fishing off the city pier above.





But they didn't much care.  They were patient.





You just never know when you might get a bite. 


Which did happen once we started putting turkey hotdogs on their hooks.  


 Immediately they caught a little pinfish.  





Lots of fun was had at sunset with hundreds of birds to stir up.   



As you can see, so much beauty here.  And grandchildren and family and fun.  
It's one of the nicest places to relax and watch nature unfold. 

 : : :

Thank you to all who so kindly come by and visit.

Your warm and kind comments are nicer than words can express.
I'm hoping as we settle in a bit, I can 
catch up and see what you've all been up to!

Until later, friends!




67 comments:

Dianne said...

Absolutely delightful captures Reena! I've never heard of Topaz her in Australia but your images are amazing - they have a wonderful appeal.
Enjoy your holiday and hopefully the return trip will be - un petit plus tranquille!

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Ohhhh.....Loving the photo of the flock of birds!!!! Stunning!!

TexWisGirl said...

these are beautiful! what a fantastic edit program! LOVE the shot with the flurry of birds in front! WOW!!!

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Great shots of special people. Those boys get long and lean all too quickly.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I love the high key look to those photos! To the girl practicing her Korean on the plane: Shame! And 30 lashes with a wet noodle. What is wrong with people?!

Michaele said...

You NEVER cease to amaze me! Love this editing! Must - get!

Jill said...

Oh! My! GOSH! Each and every one of these is gorgeous!

My Journey With Candida said...

Holy birds!! Look at all of them. Did it remind you of the Alfred Hitchcock Movie, The Birds?

grammie g said...

Hi Renna...I liked the Topaz editing ...the first photo is lovely looks like a painting!!

The last two a beauties too!!

As far as grandchildren there is no other photo's better than our Grandchildren... ; }
Great kids....love the catch on the hot dogs!! lol

Grace

AutumnSkyRanch said...

I love that look to these photos. I am not familiar with Topaz but it looks like fun.

Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful place and how delightful to spend time with family there! I do love your photos, Reena! All of those birds are amazing. You do have very handsome young grandsons! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Kathy said...

Reena, you have the most incredible pictures. Now I gotta check out Topaz!

Sandy Keith said...

Your blog is always a delight. I love, love, love it. Sandy Keith

Barbara Shallue said...

I've gotten behind myself lately. How does that happen? Love these shots and the processing! I need to check out Topaz!

Oliag said...

I've been hoping for more Anna Maria photos! You know I love it but I do think we should be keeping this place a little secret:)

I never heard of Topaz either...if I don't have any time for much editing... which is almost always...I use Picasa. It doesn't do anything fancy but it is usually enough for me:)

Lisa RedWillow said...

Fantastic photos. Gorgeous.

Lisa RedWillow said...

I have seen photos edited with this and I think these have to be the best I have seen . I have to try it.

Ashley Sisk said...

Beautiful shots - love the next to last one.

Ginny said...

Oh my word! The pictures are wonderful, especially the last one, and the one with all the shorebirds flying around the grandchild, really that should be on the cover of a magazine, it is truly a work of art. Thank you fro telling us about Topaz. I looked it up on my iPad, but it is not an app, so I would need to purchase it somewhere I guess. Nevertheless, it only works if you have a very talented eye, I wouldn't know what effects to make and would really mess it up!

geetlee said...

Wow! I love the processing. And the shots of your grandsons are really well taken. I especially like the last two - they are special!
Have a great week Reena! Looking forward to seeing more beautiful photos of your trip.

Mira said...

Wow! That photo with all birds! It's stunning! I love your humor: Never mind the fact that there isn't much to catch!

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely shots.

ladyfi said...

What lovely colours in all these shots. I love the bird-filled sky - just gorgeous!

Dorian Susan said...

Love this "fishing" post. Your patient grandsons fishing away. I think it is the anticipation of something that might happen.
My fave is the flock of birds...that's am amazing photo and the first grandson engrossed at the tackle box. Happy day to you.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Great shots. Would you look at all those birds, crazy!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Gorgeous shots of such beautiful children! Have a wonderful time with your family!

Barb said...

Your photos are always so carefully composed and that Topaz really adds an amazing effect to them!

Woody said...

Indeed, a nice place to visit, I'd like a mini-vacation right about now. My favorite is the 2nd shot, the HDR really adds punch to the tones.

Sandra said...

the photos of the children are true treasured moments in time, they are fantastic and will be around for memories for the rest of their lives.

S. Etole said...

The one with the birds is almost surreal.

Amish Stories said...

The Topaz effect makes those images seem like paintings. So i myself will be needing to check topaz out. Well done post and you folks really love the water, and it shoes in your photo's. Richard from Amish Stories.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

wow! LOVE those photos!
they are all stunning!
the children photos are true treasured moments in time and that one with the birds is really atmospheric!

Daryl said...

Now you know I must go investigate this Topaz .. sigh ... love those photos

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Gorgeous photos! I love the beach and you have captured the end of summer perfectly.

Kamana said...

wonderful shots! i love the way you process your photos. almost a painting like effect.

Linda R. said...

Your photos are heavenly.. I just love being by the water.. It really looks like a wonderful trip..

Hugs, Linda

Roan said...

Looks like the weekend was perfect. All of your pics are awesome!

Dawn said...

Oh Reena! These are beautiful. What wonderful moments...and I like their patience, (helped along by the turkey-dogs:D)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Your grandsons are so handsome, Reena. :) Love the photos.

Madi and Mom said...

LOL on Korean...Rosetta Stone is going to be the death of us all!!

Your grandsons are absolutely adorable. Nothing finer than to see young boys on a pier learning one of the great American hobbies.
Hugs Madi and Mom

ELK said...

this is just lovely .. I know you have made special memories with those grand children ..not so much with the plane passenger :)))

Pat said...

Fantastic photos! The processing is really wonderful!

Andrew said...

Wonderful images of a fantastic day... you will treasure these pictures for a long time.

deb duty said...

Amazing photos! What a lovely place. I love the one with all the birds and the little fishermen are so cute!

Cheryl said...

I could use some sun and fun right about now. Love that editing tool. The pictures look like watercolors.

Catherine said...

What a perfect way to spend the day ~ fantastic!
xo Catherine

lisa said...

Looks like a wonderful weekend, and your photographs are just beautiful Reena!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I just love that slight painterly touch on your photographs. The bird shot is amazing!!

Marcie said...

Love how you've created paintings out of these precious moments in time. Terrific processing!

beth said...

OMG....that hundreds of birds photo is AMAZING !!

Brian Miller said...

ooo nice catch boys! lovely pics...that is a wonderful capture with the birds!

christinemyoung said...

i feel like i've been sitting beside you, your words and photos took me on such a fun journey :) i love the square crop shot ♥

bobbybegood1 said...

WORDLESS, SPEECHLESS. Okay, I guess I can find something to say. Beautiful! Your grandchildren look adorable. The pic of all those birds - what a shot. Perfect post. Cheers reena!!

Snapper II said...

Wonderful Photos. These things you can hold in your heart.

Kerry said...

Wow. Don't know what you did with that editing program but it is really cool. But of course you started with the raw material of good photos from the first. What a beautiful grandchild! and fish. and birds.

Did you pick up a little Korean too?

Gillian Olson said...

Great pictures Reena, looks like a very enjoyable visit.

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Those photos are gorgeous - especially the seagull one!

CherryPie said...

It looks like you are having so much fun :-)

Birdman said...

That bird shot is amazing! Never understood fishin' though.

Kanelstrand said...

I enjoyed your photos as always. Especially the one with the hundreds of birds and your grandson. What a moment!

Ann said...

oh that had to have been annoying on the plane.
That picture with all the birds is awesome. Love them all but that one gets a double WOW

bon bon said...

wow! that's a whole lot of birds! i sure could use a day at the beach. ;o)

glad to see you're enjoying the remainder of summer!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Catching up and everything about your last few posts made me happy. (Well except maybe for the language-drill lady.) Handsome grandsons you have there and how nice to get a good visit in such a lovely place! The birds and I are happy you left them in good hands with plenty to eat. (I really liked the titmouses? titmice? -- we don't have them here or in Florida, at least not that I have ever seen.

Margaret said...

Wow. I love the birds (actually all of them)! This Topaz is stunning... I wonder is it a Photoshop feature or do I buy it separately? Looks like you are having a wonderful time!

Evelyn S. said...

Oh, I'm so envious! Beautiful....your use of the Topaz program is fabulous. Love those HDR images, especially.

Hilary said...

Lovely shots, Reena. The processing effect sure give the images a painted quality. So colourful.

Saun said...

Holy cow look at all those birds. I could just hang out on your site all day.Loving your beach pics. I think I'm jealous I so love the beach :)