The Beach Is Perfect: Crowds Are Gone Home

beach, shoreline, sea oats



The beach is perfect: Crowds are gone home. Now it’s my time to explore.




This could be me

Summer still lives here for another month or so. Then for me, the walking season begins.  

Dogs aren’t allowed on the beaches during tourist season so soon my dogs can enjoy the beach again.

walking and more walking

Summer never ends for sea-lovers. It just simply changes seasons.

Happy Trails                                                                                   Donna George

Seasons In The Sun

Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy. The sea to sit by gives me peace.

Happy trails.                                                        Donna George

Throw Down The Laundry And Go To The Beach

wrightsvile beach pier

Go to the ocean. All else can wait. Everything will be there waiting for you when you get back.

How can you resist the call of the sea? Where is the will power to stay home and do laundry or anything? It’s a call hard to ignore. Have you heard it before? 

There’s no regret once you arrive. It’s worth it!

Under wrightsville beach Crystal Pier N

And don’t worry over the weather forecast, they are wrong most of the time. And besides, if it rains you won’t melt :)).

If you get too hot there’s always the pier. A delightful spot to find some shade. Before you settle down on the beach, look first for a nearby pier and get closeby. The piers make for an interesting place to watch the different goings on, fishing etc.

Under Crystal Pier Wrightsville Beach
wrightsville beach side angle Crystal Pier
Underneath Crystal Pier Wrightsville Beach

Lie back and take a nap.

Pink Jelly Flipflops in the sand

Don’t forget your flops! The sand is super hot, so be kind to your feet.

Beach, Seagulls

Make friends with the seagulls. They are beautiful, friendly creatures and will gladly come and visit. They love to eat food from  outstretched arms. No fears, they don’t bite.

If you enjoy people watching there’s plenty here to entertain yourself… People  are sleeping, others quietly reading, many talking,   and everyones enjoying themselves mostly simply relaxing.

For me, it’s all about swimming. July is the perfect month for ocean swimming. The water feels like cool, liquid velvet swallowing your skin.

As the roll of the tide tosses you about to and fro, swimming parallel to the shore makes riding the waves smoother, and easier.

Experiencing “big blue” creates a state of calmness, openness, peacefulness and a great depth of happiness, often referred to as “the happy place”.

 A blue mind. Do you have one?

To stand in front of the ocean and watch the waves crash against the shore, and to feel the sand tug under your feet is to fully know that you’re alive. 

And this is the place that binds the soul by captivity with ocean forever. A relationship is formed that’s forever loyal, and dedicated to a certain kind of serenity not found anywhere else on the earth.





The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.


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Happy trails                                                              Donna George

Earth Day 2016

Today is a perfect excuse to appreciate the beautiful, bountiful Earth we inhabit. A day we all share in common.

Happy Earth Day to everyone!

Happy trails
Donna George


What Will You Remember About The Summer Of 2015?

What will you remember about the Summer of 2015?  The crazy shark attacks, the exceptionally hot temperatures or just spending time with friends and family.

Seagulls in flight

Seagulls in flight

The summer season is officially over.  The tourists are gone home,  the kids are back in school and summer vacations are over.  But the summer still lives on for many of us who reside on the coast. I prefer to think of Summer in three seasons:

Season 1: Perfect weather, lots of beach parking and dogs at play on the beach.
Season 2: Fun festivities everywhere, vacations, water sports, and hot sun.
Season 3: Tourists are gone, parking availability, and more room on the beach.

Summer memories should be savored, so I take tons of pictures. Memories slip away, but the photographs last forever. I’ve learned how to use some of the gadgets on my Nikon this summer like shooting in manual modes, and learning to develop raw images. I’m getting better, but definitely have some work to do. How do you think I’m doing?

Fortunately, I live on a beautiful coast where photographers are plentiful. And with a little occasional help from my friends, like a local photographer Phil Mancuso, (who by the way captures spectacular sunsets and nature photographs), it’s a little easier. Through his help, I’ve been able to recover goof-ups (like accidentally erasing my files). In addition to local photographers, making friends with the photographers through the blogosphere world has allowed me to learn a few new tricks along the way.

Photojournalism and photography is fun, and rewarding. Especially on those long dark days of Winter when you just need to be reminded of good times and Summer fun.

The camera lens becomes an integral part of your own personal, subjective experience and allows you to view the world in a unique, distinctive way from everyone else. With the camera, the world is similar to a buffet waiting to be devoured behind your camera lens. Your fun job is being the one who sees the object potential, choose the right angle and reveals a story. A story perception only you can build, unfold and remember.

Sometimes photos will reflect a state of mind, happiness, loneliness or just a mood, and other times a photo is just the simple reality of the content in the photo, nothing more nothing less. You are the author of your photos and it’s your story.

A creative writer, and traveling photographer Nihar Pradhan shared this…

“Lines and light both are vital to photography, though the light is visible, but the invisible lines matter”

I don’t always remember the exact day of the Summer I take a picture, but I will remember the events surrounding it. It’s like a melody you hear on the radio that sounds like a memory of a real life Saturday night. Photos conjure up strong memories to cherish forever. How many times have you heard the most beloved item in a home other than a person or a pet are the photo albums? Or seen loved ones that are separated desperately hanging onto a picture? And rightfully so, they’re little pieces of our existence, excerpts from our journey in life.

The most valuable advice I would give someone new to photography would be… 
Take the time to label, date and tag your photos as you go.

Invest the time to learn how to organize your photo apps on your computer making retrieval easy. Getting control of my photo folders and itemizing information made sharing my pictures with friends simple, and blogging 90% easier. Trust me on this one and opt for the easy way:) Don’t give up and remember there is no right or wrong photo; only a photo, and a better photo. So Snap Away…

Here are some of my Summer 2015 photographs.

Did Labor Day end the Summer season for you?  How will you remember the Summer of 2015 long after the sun steps back? Share your tips on photojournaling or your favorite Summer memories.

Happy trails,
Donna George

Park Connections, Photography 101 Day 6

Park Bridge

Greenfield Lake Park Bridge

Parks connect people. Everyday at parks, families, friends, festivals, parties and all kinds of celebrations are connecting people with each other. And sometimes it simply connects us with natures natural beauty.


Park Bridge

Greenfield Lake Park

Greenfield Lake Park Gazebo and Bridge

Happy trails,
Donna George