Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Scenes from Orange Beach

This past weekend, some friends blessed us with a stay at their condo in Orange Beach, AL. The weather was very cold, but the weekend was wonderfully relaxing.

The view from the balcony, and gazing out of the sliding glass door, was so peaceful!

We drove up on Friday, and returned on Monday. It was the perfect end to a busy month. Away from home distractions, computers, and all that had to do with teaching (much as I enjoy it!), I was able to have a restful break. With all the free time, I enjoyed walks on the beach, writing, playing games, writing, watching movies, writing, reading, journalling, and writing some more!

By God's grace I was able to complete the first (rough) draft of the current musical I'm writing and hope to direct this summer. Extended time away from distractions was exactly what I needed, and the car ride home allowed me to finish the handwritten draft - totaling 50 notebook pages (25 double-sided). :)

It may have been cold, but I wanted to get some beach pictures without being all bundled up!

And yes, I did walk the beach barefoot the first two days. Why else do you walk there except to enjoy the sand between your toes? ;-)

My parents.

Winter coats and mittens aren't exactly what you comes to mind when you think of beach attire, but it was a necessity this weekend!

I enjoyed taking pictures of the waves, always coming in and receding... Never a dull moment.

Jubilee looked for and found many neat shells. By the end, I too joined in the search!

Late afternoon on Friday, there was a path of shimmering light across the water...

Great subjects for photography experiments. :) I amused myself playing with the different lighting settings on my camera.

I thought this was neat: bird and human tracks intersecting. :)

On Sunday night there was finally a long-anticipated sunset! I checked hopefully each morning for a sunrise, but there never was a beautiful one, due to all the cloudy conditions.

The city against a pink-hued background, with magnificent clouds overhead.

God truly knows how to put colors together!

After taking too many pictures, I slipped back inside and began writing once more - but then had to go back out when I saw this cloud formation.

Jubilee and I went to the beach early on Monday morning, in search of more shells and an enjoyable walk.

The overcast conditions made it quite chilly! I knew it was time to go back inside when my fingers were so numb they could barely feel the shells I was picking up. And yes, I was sensible and wore shoes this time. :)

I know, January isn't exactly the prime time to go the beach. But, I am so thankful for the opportunity we had, and the fruitful and restful weekend God gave us.

Now, I have a few full days before I drive to Ohio on Friday. My sister Miriam had a beautiful baby boy last Thursday, and I'm excited to be going up to help her for around 8 days!


PoetLady said...

I Loved the photos of your trip. We went to Orange beach twice, last time was about 2 1/2 yrs ago.

We're going to Gulf Shores in April.

Take LOTS of photos of Thomas and POST them! I can't wait to meet him myself:)

Your sister,

Anna Naomi said...

Maria: Glad you enjoyed them! I'd never been to Orange Beach or Gulf Shores before, so it was a treat.

I'm sure I'll take photos of Thomas - though John has that pretty well covered! ;) I'm sure I won't be able to resist posting some, either. =)

Ella said...

I didn't count on it being so cold!! But I am glad that you had a great time anyway

Joanna said...


What beautiful pictures! I'm so glad that you all were blessed with the stay in Florida.