Monday, May 12, 2014

A Rainbow of Colors


It was over 90 degrees at the beach today, so we did the smartest thing to escape the heat - grabbed our kayaks and hit the water.


Steve told me to grab the underwater camera, (we learned the hard way why we need an underwater camera while kayaking) but I had no idea what I would photograph today.


My posts, Winter Blues, What's In a Name, and Sunlight on the Sea all focused on sights we see while kayaking.


The minute I hit the water, I knew exactly what I would focus on while paddling.


As my boat drifted along through sparkling green water, my eyes were delighted with every color of the rainbow.


Brightly colored kayaks sat idly on docks waiting to be dropped into the water.


Although most of the boats are white, there are a few boat owners who share my love of color.


The landscape was dotted with colorful houses, but


as much as I love color, this tan house with a trio of dormer windows and a wrap around porch really strikes my fancy.


It was wonderful to spend the day in the cool water, surrounded by color


and to spend my evening in this beautiful garden, but that is for another post.


48 comments:

Vicky Hunt said...

Such a colorful life you live! You truly did see all the colors of the rainbow and more! The kayaks are such vibrant colors. I am anxious to see and hear about the Secret Garden! Have a great day.

Blessings, Vicky

Nancy's Notes said...

I'm stunned with all of the brilliant colored photographs of where you spend your time! Thank you for sharing your slice of heaven!

Hugs,
Nancy

Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG said...

Oh - to be near the water on such a glorious day!! I'm so jealous I must say...what great views you had on your kayak journey!! Thanks for sharing them with those of us that are landlocked and living no where near the shore!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Thank you for taking me where I love to be: near the water. The colors you share are striking, and again, you and Steve really took me back home last summer when you shared his art work. I will never forget that post, and this post is also evoking a feeling of being back home. Oh Carol, you live a FULL LIFE!

Susie said...

What glorious views . I love this post. The colors are wonderful. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love all the colors & those different boats!! awesome times. i don't have a water camera. just hoping it never falls into the waters. or wink wink the hubby will owe me a new camera. ha. ha!! ( :

Rita C. said...

Gorgeous, Carol, just gorgeous! It was 90° here yesterday also (and expected today), but we haven't gotten out on the water yet (we also kayak, but with a 2-person). Your show of colors makes me happy!

chateau chic said...

Oh Carol, you really do live in Paradise!! When can I move in? I'll even do the cleaning. :-))
Your photos are spectacular!!
Mary Alice

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

How beautiful it all is there! I would love to be able to kayak there.

111 LaLa Lane said...

Loved the photo montage of your kayak trip. I have a blue kayak, too. Can you believe it? But what I love the most is the way your eye grabs color. It truly is a rainbow.

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Carol. Ahhhhhhhhh I am just loving every picture and thank you for taking us along with you. That blue sky and pretty water and sun filled day. Just beautiful.
Kris

Lorrie said...

Beautiful, bright colors that show so well under your strong light. What a great thing to focus on as you kayak.

20 North Ora said...

How blessed you are to live in such a beautiful location. The water and all of the colors of the rainbow really give you lots of picture taking moments. Thanks for sharing with us.

Judy

Kim M said...

Fabulous colors! Our coastline homes are mostly tan or white, grey or, occasionally, pale blue! I like your view better! ;) My husband built a kayak and it is just gorgeous. Your post reminds me that we do not use it near enough!

Jeanna said...

What beautiful and colorful scenery! I look forward to you reading about the garden.

Sue said...

Love the boats and houses and all the colorful flowers and the secret garden shed has me thirsty for more.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Beautiful post Carol, beautiful indeed. I look forward to you sharing about the secret garden. Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you seemingly at every turn.
XO,
Vera

Stacey said...

I just don't think you could ever be in a bad mood there with all the beauty. :)

Down by the sea said...

It's a while since you took the camera out in the kayak. I love all the rainbow colours you have captured. A real delight. Sarah x

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Simply beautiful and to be out on the water looking at all the lovely homes, flowers and boats.
Your photos are great - thanks so much for taking us with you.
Mary

Kelly said...

You have so much beauty around you! I loved getting to see what you saw while kayaking.

greenthumb said...

So many lovely colours, nice to see it all from the water.

greenthumb said...

So many lovely colours, nice to see it all from the water.

podso said...

Love that last photo especially but they are all so cheerful and brightly colored, they remind me of your home decor.

Sarah said...

I always delight in cruising along in your kayak, Carol. Thanks for sharing the rainbow of color!

cynthia lee designs said...

Beautiful photos!! It looks like it was a perfect day to be on the water.
hugs,
Cindy

Carla from The River said...

Thank you for sharing! I am $$ saving for a kayak. :-)
We love to canoe, but I would not mind a kayak as well. A little easier for me to go out alone.

LOVE your colorful post!

cathy@my1929charmer said...

I never knew kayaks, boats could have so many great colors. It looked like a beautiful day, but to be honest, at 90 degress I'd be sitting in the house watching! So not a hot weather gal. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

My Garden Diaries said...

Oh your killing me with that secret garden! I can not wait to see it!!!!!!! As I know that you Californians know how to create some amazing gardens!!! You have such an eye for color! I can not get over the fact that you can just jump in your kayak and hit the water! Really such an amazing way to live! Wishing you an outstanding week friend! Nicole oxox

Kathy said...

Oh my gosh, how beautiful!! I'm looking forward to finding out about the secret garden, you tease!!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love the collages you made. It makes all the different colours more stricking!

Connie said...

Hi Carol,
Another lovely post :)
I have never kayaked, but have always wanted to give it a try. The only problem that I worry about, is at my age, after sitting for that long, would I be able to get out of it without help? Sounds funny, but sometimes I have trouble getting out of my chair at night.
I love your posts and I'm looking forward to your secret garden post :)
Your blogging sis,
Connie :)

Dawn said...

All such lovely photos. We are back down to 50 here. I have no idea how you do 90, that's about 20 degrees above bearable to me.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

I had 90 degrees here in Western PA yesterday and was ready to melt! :) It felt more like the end of July than May.

What a pretty post with so much variety and color! :) I wish we ALL had wrap around porches, don't you? Love them...

Scribbler said...

Your blog is always a feast for the eyes. I love to visit!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

How fun! I love all the color, too. I've discovered that the older I get, the more I love color, too. Fantastic post!

Diana Petrillo said...

What gorgeous photos Carol--such a lovely day out in your kayak. I've not put mine in water yet this year--soon though! Thanks for stopping by to visit me :)

Melanie said...

What a perfect place to be on a hot day - in the water! Your house and decor go right along with all those colorful boats and flowers. Good thing you're surrounded by such vibrant beauty!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Wow, what a way to spend the day. So many pretty and interesting things to focus on, love all your beautiful pictures.

Consider It All Joy said...

I just can't tell you how much I MISS the ocean/bay waters!! That is one reason I absolutely Love coming to visit you :) Beauty everywhere you look! Blessings, Cindy

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Beautiful day!

Msmoozys Open House said...

Wow that is beautiful, love all the colors and textures! Thanks so much for sharing them with us today.

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Thanks, have a blessed day. :-)

Cathy Carroll said...

Carol, you have such a way of instilling beautiful color into your posts. Even though I am a pastel and white person I love the colorful area you live in - it always brings such a smile. Thank you for sharing your view ... Cathy

Poppy said...

Totally smooth sailing if you're surrounded by such gorgeous views!

Poppy

fiona anderson said...

We've had some beautiful days here too recently, though nothing is as colourful, and it definitely isn't as warm.
Thank you for sharing another day on the water.

Patty Antle said...

You are definitely in Paradise girlfriend!

Jen Ham said...

I love to kayak! It's the only water sport I am relatively good at and enjoy. Gosh, I hope I didn't miss the Secret Garden post??? xoxo Jen

Sam I Am...... said...

No wonder you love where you live...it is so colorful! Nice neighborhood.