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Beach Adventures

One final walk along the shore on the last day at the beach a year ago. We drove up to the end of the island to reach a less traveled beach where we raced across the long stretch of blistering hot sand to get to the water.
This part of the beach faces the shipping port, where all sorts of tugboats and ships can be seen cruising back and forth all day. 

There were many intriguing things to be found on this less traveled beach.
Including a polka dot moth!!
Further up along the beach was an interesting rock formation. I’m not sure why it’s there or what it’s for, but it was an unusual sight to see.

Around the base of the rock formation was a trove of tiny shells. I tried to collect them but the waves got me!

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Neighborhood

With the the days being longer, I like to make the most of them by taking walks as
often as possible.  Even if it is just a quick wander through the neighborhood.

In the spring and summer it feels like my favorite time of day, dusk, lasts so much longer. In the winter it seems that as soon as the sun begins to fade, it’s night in a matter of minutes. But during these warm months, the sun just hangs out on the edge of the horizon for quite some time.  This is my favorite to to take a walk.  I love how the landscape looks in the setting sun’s golden glow.

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Central Park

While in New York City for a few days last December, a visit to Central Park was something to check off our to do list. I hadn’t given the park much thought before visiting, but when we got there, it was a bit of a strange experience to stand someplace that has been so popular in countless TV shows and movies. It was hard to believe I was actually there. 


One moment you are making your way through streets lined with skyscrapers so tall they block out the sun, while dodging mobs of people and crazy taxis. The next moment, you find yourself surrounded by trees and nature and feel like you have been instantly transported into another universe. 


But before you can forget where you are, a quick glance up towards the sky, and the sunlight you forgot existed, reveals all the huge buildings towering up over the tree tops. It is a surreal sight. 




My pictures may give a false illusion that the park was quite secluded, when really it was quite the opposite!  People were everywhere of course! 

I found myself being very impressed with central park. The woodland landscape against the biggest buildings I have ever seen was a very picturesque sight. 

We wandered around the park for a while, ate a pretzel from a street cart, took in the sights, and then got stopped by a man dressed as a monk who put bracelets on our wrists before we knew what was happening then tried to make us pay $20 each for them. We gave him one $5 and ran away. All in all, a pretty successful walk in Central Park.
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Tulips


I’ve grown to really like Tulips. They never were one of my top favorite flowers, but I like that they seem to stay in bloom longer than any of my other bulbs, which bloom for a couple days and then turn into what looks like an old brown tissue. This fall I am going to plant an absurd amount of them and watch my yard explode with tulips when the spring comes.



This pointy white one must have came in the variety pack I bought, even though the picture didn’t show any like this. I’ve never seen a pointy leaf tulip before. I hope he comes back next year.

(Not a tulip, I just liked how this other plant looked!)



 I saw this bee hanging out while I was taking tulip pictures. It’s rare to see an actual honey bee these days!


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Abandoned Mill Village

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A few more pictures from when my friends and I explored an old Abandoned Mill Village, that was used for part of filming the Hunger Games movies.

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These little homes have sat vacant for at least forty years, while nature engulfed them. Grass grew tall around the foundation, and vines had climbed through the windows, and cracks in the walls.

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I wish I could go back in time and see what this place once was.

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It was the perfect kind of day for exploring, and a day I will never forget.