Play by play of the most amazing day!!!
Very first time surfing!
Brothers, sisters <3
The water is still very warm (~62); warm by Maine standards anyways. So plenty more swimming in our future. Especially with the wetsuits!
Now that the tourists are gone the beach has become a dog paradise.
One Saturday we arrived to the beach and it was foggy… and I got in the water and was swimming around in the waves looking at the horizon…and SAW A HUMPBACK WHALE FULLY BREACH.
My reaction was quite enthusiastic. Since I don’t have a photo to document my reaction I decided to try my hand at photorealism and draw the moment.
You’ll notice I’m making the international signal for “Wowowow I just saw a whale fully leap out of the water.” I ran to Smoochie breathlessly shouting whilst making these very grand gestures (my son said “you looked like you had just won the Olympics” haha). I also inadvertently got the attention of every person at the beach and everyone was scanning the sea.
Wait for it…
The fog cleared and we spotted the whales a dozen more times that day!
And it is blurry but in the above picture to the left of the adult is a little baby whale tail! It was awesome. My daughter and I were taking a walk, looked out and got to see their tails with the cool white markings come up about 4 times. She said “Their tails are humongous!” We also saw them making big puffs of mist with their blowholes.
Some other scenic pictures looking very painterly:
The kids set up their own scenic photo shoot in our yard:
Haha! Pretty good, right? These are our favorite type of toy; they are Schleich brand and we enjoy collecting them (great gift idea for kids of all ages). The kids play with them but I also borrow them to display at times (see moose in cabinet below).
Football season is in full swing and the Trojans have two more wins under their belts. #33 <3
She also enjoys playing with this ADORABLE puppy at the games:
By all these lovely tokens, September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer. H.H. Jackson
I found some drawings that I enhanced with Adobe Photoshop years ago (I think 10 years ago!) And they are very apropos…
The mermaid is actually a photo of a (still unfinished) painting that I “finished” in Photoshop. Maybe this year I will finish the actual painting; definitely feeling inspired by the ocean! Two other variations of the mermaid: