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Pick some sunflowers!

Brighten your day.. pick some sunflowers

Brighten your day.. pick some sunflowers

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I could always count on Jackson waiting patiently for me on the docks whenever I came in from kayaking.

Jackson.. waiting patiently

Jackson.. waiting patiently

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What's wrong with this picture? *wink

What's wrong with this picture? *wink

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Red flags were up here for the past two days with the arrival of hurricane Bill.

Warning Red Flag for Hurricane Bill 2009

Warning Red Flag for Hurricane Bill 2009

Exceptionally high tides and rip tides closed our beaches by mid afternoon Saturday.  I can tell you there were many unhappy surfers and boogie-boarders (my grandkids especially!) when the flag went up.  Visitors just don’t seem to understand the dangers of this kind turbulance in our waters, nor to respect these warnings. 😦

The day started out to be a glorious beach day, warm water temps and sunniest of days. Families flock to our beaches during August. But with the incoming tide and greying skies the coast guard alerted the beach patrols of incoming dangerous rip tides.  The blue skies were rapidly diminishing as  the water and powerful waves rose. About the only happy campers were the gulls, sea terns and plovers who frenzily had a feast of good eatings that the rough sea washed ashore overnight.

I took hundreds of shots over the course of these two days, so here’s a few of hurricane Bill in our neck of the woods.

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My garden overlooks the wild flower fields and the ocean and right now the fields are just spectaculiar in flower.  We have a new beekeeper who brought to us some new hives in July and the bees have been very busy helping with pollinating the garden.  I just got a new camera that I’m still learning to use and these are a few of my test shots.

Wildflower Fields at the farm

Wildflower Fields at the farm

Queen Anne’s lace, wild Veronica, painted daisies, wild flocks, too much ragweed, beach plums and wild mustard abound from my garden edge all the way down to the beach.. and this bee has been flitting from flower to flower.

Wild Mustard Bee

Wild Mustard Bee

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You guys promised you’d stay out of the water if I brought you to the beach.  As I scolded them both their tails just kept on wagging!  Can we go for just one more swim before we bring all this beach sand and smelly fur into the car for the ride home?? Pant pant pant!

Duffy & Jackson being scolded at the beach

Duffy & Jackson being scolded at the beach

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Cooling Off

Cooling Off

I do believe the sun is shining! The weeks of rain has finally blown out to sea. Now the muggies have moved in… a great reason to hit the beach!

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