Lens-Artists Challenge #104 – SUMMER
“Summer is singing with joy, and the beaches are inviting you with dancing waves.”
I’m happy to open this week’s post with a summertime view of Kiawah’s beautiful beach. As you can see, there are two parasails floating in from above, their pilots looking as if they haven’t a care in the world – if only it were so! We are fortunate to be experiencing lockdown in a place where the air is fresh and the sea is a short walk away. Never mind that our daily temperatures typically reach the high 80s Fahrenheit (32 C) and feel even hotter due to our high humidity. We count ourselves lucky to be able to experience nature’s bounty these days.
“I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket.”
Our summers here on the island often include fairly violent but short-lived storms in the late afternoon/early evening. In the image above the clouds begin to gather and the pelicans, as always, are getting out ahead of it. In order to control social distancing, we are now required to reserve time slots at our community’s seaside pools. Yesterday my husband and I had briefly considered the 3:00 pm time slot. We laughed from the comfort of our home when at 3:15 the skies opened, thunder roared and lightning flashed. Then we felt a bit guilty thinking of the others who probably WERE using that valuable slot!
“Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly,”
Yep, that’s me in a lovely self-portrait 🙂. The capture is from a day last week when we managed to secure a slot and the sun obliged perfectly. Note the lack of pedicure – one of many minor, annoying side effects of the pandemic. And no, the toes on my right foot did NOT get sunburned.
“There’s a magical sense of possibility that stretches like a bridge between June and August. A sense that anything can happen.”
Summer on Kiawah also means fresh shrimp, which we can buy from our local market or, as shown above, fresh from the shrimp boats as they return from the sea. Truth be told, you haven’t tasted shrimp until you’ve bought it fresh and tasted its sweetness. Our area is famous for its lowcountry shrimp boils; complete with locally grown potatoes and corn on the cob, it’s summer on a plate!
“Rejoice as summer should…chase away sorrows by living.”
I’ll close this week’s post with an image I captured earlier this week from my window. A sweet and very thirsty deer had traveled our long driveway to the front courtyard to drink from the bubbling water element. Typically we see the birds dropping in for a refreshing dip but this was a first for sure! I guess we’re not the only ones feeling the heat of summer.
Thank you for joining us this week and as always for your support of our challenge. We hope summer in your part of the world is a happy one for you and yours, pandemic notwithstanding. (I appreciate the thought in Ms. Marr’s quote above and intend to follow it to the letter 🙂) Please be sure to link your response to Amy’s original challenge here, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag to help us find you. We hope to see you next week for a breath of SPRING right here on Travels and Trifles. Until then, as always, stay safe out there!