Monday, January 17, 2011

Vicarious living

A long, really long time ago, I worked for the post office, sorting mail. Manually. As in by hand. Before postal codes (that goes to show you how long ago). One of the things I still remember sorting lots of, especially in the cold, dull winter months, were the gorgeous postcards of Florida's beautiful beaches and spectacular sunsets. They were sent by the fortunate to the less fortunate, some no doubt with a motive to elicit envy.

Well, with no motive other than to share what I think is a lovely scene, I'm posting this shot taken on one of our trips here last year. Relax and soothe yourself with strains of 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds', adapted -

"picture yourself on a beach near the water,
 with waves at your feet, and colourful skies;
 somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly,
 it's really quite tough, to open your eyes ..."

(18-55mm  f8.0  1/1600 sec  ISO200)


Lisa RedWillow said...

Stunning.. It is just stunning.
Leaving for Hawaii in Feb sometime for about three weeks and your making it hard to wait. Love this. Its cold. We were snowed in again.
Its finally stopped snowing and I can see stars. The skys are starting to clear I hope.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful,especially on this frigid night,-23.7 right now.
Did I mention that I am waiting for spring,or at least milder temperatures? :)

Cinthia said...

Great, great place....and shot!

Photog Ave said...

This is simply beautiful.

marty said...

cette image est une pure merveille ! je vais la
graver dans mon esprit pour la journée, tellement c'est beau !! j'aimerais être là, à cet endroit, à ce moment là et regarder ce spectacle grandiose de la nature ! merci Rick !
plein de bisous pour toi !

ju-north said...

Great image! We have a beach - but far too cold to enjoy!

Leovi said...

A beautiful celestial light reflexes and a good balance of contrasts. Great.

The Whimsical Gardener said...

Thanks for the short respite - beautifully composed as always Rick!

CarreraCaballo said...

This is what I call a photo to look at and dream :-)



Scott said...

Love the rays from the sun. I'm really not that envious though.

Soraia B. said...


darlin said...

Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes,
And she's gone.

Lucy in the sky with diamonds,
Lucy in the sky with diamonds,
Lucy in the sky with diamonds,
Ah... Ah...

... had to youtube it and now it's going to be in my head all night long with this dreamy photo. Thanks for post! :-)

And you worked for the postal service before postal codes? Wow, even I remember no postal codes so it couldn't have been that long ago! hehe

becky said...

Such a beautiful sunset! Did those postcards influence your decision to winter in Florida?

Rick said...

Lucky you Lisa - enjoy your time in Hawaii; it's a beautiful place and I'll look forward to your photos from there !

Thank you Ruth - I hope your dreams come true. soon !

Thank you Cinthia !

It was a gorgeous place and the sky and sun worked wonders ! Thanks Avery !

Rick said...

Thank you Marty - it was but a fleeting moment in time, but captured to be enjoyed again. Rays of bisous pour toi !

Thanks Julia - perhaps you can skate at your beach (?)

Appreciate your kind words Leovi.

You're welcome Cat ;-) and thank you !

Rick said...

Thank you Joseph - it was one of those incredible evenings with constantly changing light.

Thank you Scott; you of all people should not be envious - you live in UTAH !

Soraia - thank you !

Hope you enjoyed that song Darlene ! (and you're welcome) ;-) Now we're BOTH showing our age - from the days BEFORE postal codes ! ;-)

Thanks Becky ! Those postcards must have had a subliminal influence that lingered somewhere in my subconscious ! I think I was more influenced by the many winters of cold, snow, ice, slush ... ;-)

Tricia said...

Most definitely sounds like the best idea I've heard all day, week, etc...! =)
Beautiful scene!

darlin said...

Thank goodness for Oil of Olay is all I have to say about that comment Rick! ;-)

Rick said...

Thank you Tricia !

LOL Darlene !