Saturday, January 18, 2014

Sunlight on the Sea


Soleada is the perfect opening for this post.


Soleada (Spanish for sunny) is a boat owned by our friend Sunny and soleada serves as the perfect adjective to describe our day.


On Wednesday, the thermometer hit 86 degrees which is definitely not typical of a mid January day.


Steve and I were almost the only people on the water - no boaters other than kayakers were to be seen.


Majestic palms basked in the sun


as did a variety of birds.


A buoy is reflected in the water


as are two palms framing Two Tree Hill.


I often see seals swimming near me as I paddle, but this was the first time I got a picture.


I laughed at the irony of PACIFIC PREDATOR being docked next to PEACE.


The color of the water amazes me -all three of the photos above were taken at the same time, from the same spot, but looking in different directions.


Sunlight & the sea


 a perfect combination.

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58 comments:

  1. Golly are your photos just amazing! I can actually feel the light pouring through them! And I chuckled too at the Pacific Predator and Peace...too funny! The color of the water is just out of this world!!! So glad that you were able to take advantage of the beautiful weather! Happy weekend friend!!! Nicole xoxo

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  2. Droolicious. simply perfect. Have I mentioned that I hate you???
    Hugs ~



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  3. What a beautiful way to spend a Saturday! Your photos are amazing....the seals are adorable! The boats are just gorgeous....Love the shot of Pacific Predator and Peace! You have an eye for taking great photos but then you are surrounded by amazing scenery and perfect photo opportunities too. Thanks for sharing....I so enjoyed the adventure on this cold Florida day.
    Blessings, Vicky

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  4. Looks like a marvelous day! We had warmth and sunshine, but the scenery just doesn't compare to yours, darn it!

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  5. What beautiful pictures. Just looking at them warms me up as outside here in Chicago it's 23 degrees and a couple of inches of new snowfall blanket the streets. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Just breathtaking Carol - I needed to see this - instead of all the white stuff out my window lol
    XOXO

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  7. Keep sending that sunshine our way :) Beautiful shots of what looks like the perfect day! :)

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  8. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH....I'll join you anytime my friend. That one day that I got to walk on the pier at Santa Monica was not enough. My husband does promise to take me to Carmel however, as soon as school lets out. BRING IT ON! All I want to do for that week we are gone is to walk on the beach, walk where the shoppes are, walk in the neighborhoods and hopefully snap some photos of the cottages, then walk more on the beach. We want to write and read at night and soak in as much of the sun (I know it will be chilly) but mostly, to breathe in the salty air.

    LOVE THE SEA LIONS! Anita

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  9. Oh my gosh I'm just breathing in your beautiful sea shots. I live on a little Island in Canada and enjoy similar scenery (minus palm trees!) in the summer. Right now we're ice-bound. Thanks for a lovely tropical break!

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  10. You live in a magical beautiful place! Gorgeous pictures, love the seals!
    Mary

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  11. Cool photos! Did you take your camera in the boat?? I guess I would be afraid I might drop it or slosh it---wondering how you keep it dry. Some of those photos looked Egyptian!

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  12. Beautiful photos, if you look out my window all you see is snow :)

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  13. Beautiful pictures and I dream of the day that I can see warmth and water running instead of snowbanks

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  14. Beautiful pics, Carol! Love the aesthetics of that gorgeous structure, behind the palms! I miss my swims, but until then, enjoy yours!

    Poppy

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  15. Yesterday we hit mid50's on a gorgeous sunny day here in northwest Arkansas. I took quite a few pictures of the water as well. I love the winter sun & sky & how it changes the lake - a lot of my pics are similar to yours without the green & the seals. :o)

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  16. Carol,

    All of that California sunshine looks pretty inviting. I'd have to trade in my shovel for a kayak paddle in order to enjoy it . . .

    You take such beautiful photographs; I can almost feel myself skimming the water, watching the seals, and chuckling at the names of the Predator and Peace nestled side by side.

    Your "soleada" post is a welcome one at Sunlit Sunday. Thank you.

    -Karen

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  17. beautiful photos full of warmth and sunshine, I'm visiting from Sunlit Sunday

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  18. How pretty! I love the water -- all the reflections. Warm and sunny! Happy SunLit Sunday!

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  19. Love your photos!! Happy Sunny Sunday!

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  20. What a stunning day! The Predator and Peace made me laugh out loud. I think you are one brave girl to be paddling next to sea lions. I would be afraid they would think I was a dock and try to climb on.

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  21. Such warm and delightful pictures Cathy

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  22. Carol,
    Oh so wonderful. Enjoy every minute. Love the seals what a great shot.
    Kris

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  23. Such a beautiful time in the water! The pics of the sunlight hitting the water are gorgeous! xoxo Jen

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  24. Carol,
    Sorry I'm late with my visit, still down with the H1N1 flu. I loved this post, even with the choppy waters it appears clear and gorgeous. How amazing to have captured photos of the Sea Lions. I wonder if the Pacific Predator docked next to Peace in their boat slips cancels out the definitions of each name!
    Thanks for sharing.
    xx,
    Vera

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  25. Your photos are beautiful!!! Wish I were there.

    Kathy

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  26. Thanks for the great jolt of what I'm craving - sunshine! My daughter, SIL and granddaughter will return from San Diego today - what a shock to their systems this dull weather will be.
    I love the shot of the two boats, with their conflicting names!

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  27. I can't imagine having all of that beauty just outside my front door. Beautiful photos.

    Judy

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  28. Your pictures are wonderful... even though we too, live by the beach (Eastern) we are having 35 - 50 degree days with a cold front creeping in upon us. We do have the beautiful sunny days but with crispy cool breezes that put quite a chill to the bone. Enjoy all that warmth and soak some up for us... Can't wait till it's actually comfortable to walk the beach again... Cathy

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  29. It looks like you live on a beautiful tropical island...Paradise!!!!
    Mary Alice

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  30. That looks a perfect way to spend the day! I can almost feel the heat. Those seals look as if they have the right idea! Your pictures are wonderful.
    Sarah x

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  31. Well that was certainly a sunlit Sunday

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  32. Oh my, I feel relaxed just looking at your wonderful photos. 86 degrees actually sounds good right now!

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  33. What a great way to get out in nature and see everything that the ocean has to offer. I am so drawn to the ocean....it makes me happy! Enjoy your afternoon! Hugs!

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  34. Carol, what great pictures. Love the seals - you are brave to be so close to them. Isn't our weather terrific. Yesterday I was able to pick about 2 bunches of roses for arrangements. Not as nice as first blooms in spring - but give the house a nice feeling.
    Enjoy the beautiful weather. Hugs to Little Lulu - bet she is loving running or walking on the beach and chasing waves.
    Mary

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  35. I really enjoyed these photos - and I think you are brave to bring your camera on a kayak! Do you have a waterproof camera? I'd need one to get those shots!! Those temps are crazy - I just read a state of emergency was declared there because of the drought. Hope you get a little rain. Have a great Sunday!

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  36. What a great post! All of your photographs are truly stunning and sure make me want to live there and see all the beauty in person! Whath a magnificent place~
    Nancy

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  37. Sunlight and sea...enough said! I wish I could type in GREEN text...I am green with envy! Photos are just lovely...enjoy! Smiles...Susan

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  38. Oh I love the Coast .... any coast .... thank you for the memories of the Pacific one. I've noticed that way the ocean colors change with the light and putting the same spot different angles in a mosaic like that is a genius idea! All your photos are beautiful....

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  39. Wonderful sunny and warm scenes. The seals are cute. What a lovely day to be out on the water.. Beautiful photos, have a happy week!

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  40. Gorgeous photos! It looks like paradise, Carol!

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  41. Just look at that blue water! You kind of live in dream land, you know. :)

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  42. What a beautiful day to be on the water. It looks so beautiful there - sunny and hot - my perfect temperature in fact. Thanks for sharing your sunny day with us. Enjoy the week! Pamela

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  43. Amazing photos, Carol. Did you take these from the kayak? You live in a perfect spot! Thanks for sharing your sunny day.

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  44. Thanks for the virtual dose of warmth and sunshine - I needed that! Still very snowy and cold here in northern IL. Going down below zero again tomorrow night. Blech.

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  45. Beautiful. I guess you have no complaints about the weather :) Looks like a great time.

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  46. I love the sea and all the atmosphere that goes along with it. Love the photos!

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  47. Wow! Gorgeous photos on a beautiful day in Florida carol!
    I'm a yachtie so I love your post - all about what's happening on the water.
    I'm amazed to see the sea lions - funny as I always thought they like the cooler sea temps - obviously I'm wrong!
    Yes, incongruous to see Pacific Predator and Peace side by side....
    Two Tree Hill - we used to live in One Tree Hill a suburb of Auckland - sadly a protestor cut down the tree which a magnificent Monterey Pine. A soldier brought the seed back from Italy - although I know it is a native of California - just an aside Carol!!!
    Shane

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  48. Nothing brumous about this post! Sunshine, that would be lovely....ahhhh, dreaming of orange groves and duty roads to travel along. Happy New Year!
    Sarah -x-

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  49. Mercy! You are so blessed to live in that beautiful region. I've never been to the pacific coast before. It's really pretty. I love seeing the seals everywhere. Those are definitely not on the atlantic side!

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  50. Okay we live in Connecticut and are getting ready for yet another snow storm tomorrow. I am now so depressed that I am going to clean the house so I can put it on the market and get the hell out of here to warmer weather. Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Oh Carol, I wish you could enjoy your retirement. Must be so hard to take all those sunny days at the coast.... ;)

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  52. Carol, these photos are wonderful . . . oh, how I long for warm weather. It was great that you both were free that day and had the chance to get out and enjoy it. So, delighted that you took your camera, too :)
    I'm having another Give-A-Way so please come put you name in the hat :)
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  53. Your beautiful pictures make me long for a sunny day at the beach!

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  54. I can't quite tell if the beautiful sunny blue skies are making my heart sink or soar. I've got to find a way to do a trip to warm every winter. But that would mean going back to work. So I guess not. Beautiful pictures!

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  55. Oh, I'd love to be able to kayak with those seals and watch the sun on the water. What an idyllic life you lead Carol.

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  56. lovely post. i love every shot. looks like a gorgeous day. i really enjoyed the sea life & birdies. ( :

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  57. Oh my, Carol. I'm so thankful that your share your world with us. My youngest daughter will love the photo of the seals : )

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