Sea oats in the sunrise

When I first started this blog, I managed to publish a post every day for over a year without missing a single day.  How I managed that, I still don’t know.  Lately, I seem to be only posting a couple of times a week, and trust me it’s not from a lack of photos because I still have tons of shots to share with you from South Carolina.  It’s just that life is crazy, and I know you all understand because I’m sure you are all in the same boat.

I have been really busy with an editing job that I try and cram in at night after work, and there is never a dull moment at the office during the day lately either.  As a result, I have found myself escaping into a good book whenever I have a spare moment because it’s the hobby that relaxes me the most :).  Actually, I think I am truly addicted to reading, but I guess there are far worse addictions that I could have.

Anyway, tonight I was thinking about the beach on Isle of Palms and a sign that we saw every day when we went down to the ocean that said “Keep off dunes.  Do not destroy sea oats.  $500 fine.”  Sea oats once covered the coastal landscape along the Southeastern United States from North Carolina to South Florida, but now apparently they are endangered.  Sea oats are considered a primary dune stabilizer and will grow right up to the high tide mark along the beach.  One morning as the sun was just starting to rise, Mike and I both stopped to capture this shot of the beautiful oranges and golds showing through the silhouetted sea oats.  I love this shot because it’s different than the usual sunrise photo.

Sea oats in the sunrise

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48 Responses to Sea oats in the sunrise

  1. I understand completely!!! Life is a little ‘not normal’ these days!! Love the photo!!! & always look forward to your next post – whenever that may be!!! 🙂 **

  2. Jeff Sinon says:

    I’ve been a little lax myself lately Cindy. In both writing my own posts and visiting other blogs. This along with your other images from SC have been outstanding!

    • Well, it’s nice to know I’m not the only one :). I just have to remind myself sometimes that it’s supposed to be fun, not a chore, so if I’m not in the mood or I don’t have time, it can wait for another day. And with comments like yours, I know I will always be back. Thanks Jeff :).

      • Jeff Sinon says:

        That’s a great way to look at it! And some great pics too! The post I just put up is only me begging for money 😛

      • I saw and read your latest post, and I am seriously considering it. You see, I am kind of addicted to contests/draws, especially ones where I could receive one of your beautiful photos and for a good cause :). Too late tonight now for my brain to work properly, but I will check it out tomorrow!

  3. RMW says:

    To tell you the truth, I prefer it when bloggers only post a couple of times a week as I do not have the time to look at all the posts every day. MyseIf, I go in spurts…. three or four days in a row… then nothing for a few days… then one post and nothing the next day… and so on. People who post every day obviously don’t have anything else going on… which is fine… we all have different priorities. Lovely photo.

    • I know what you mean – it’s hard to keep up with all of the email notifications I get regarding the blogs I follow. As for my blog, some days I just don’t feel inspired, and I’m only going to post when I’m really in the mood to do it. That’s when it’s fun!! Glad you enjoyed the photo and thanks :).

  4. dorannrule says:

    I love this shot too Cindy. You are very good at this you know. And you don’t have to post something every day. This was worth waiting for. 🙂

  5. victoriaaphotography says:

    I like it too.

    There’s always something that draws the eye to a sunset when taken through a silhouette of something else. In fact, I guess there’s too many ‘ordinary’ sunsets on the internet for me.

    I used to post 3-4 posts of a single photo every night when I first started with my DSLR 2 years ago, but when a fellow photo blogger started doing the same thing, I realised how difficult it was to keep up with so many posts (for the viewer). Now I post less often.

    There’s so many fabulous blogs out there, I figure we should not hog the internet too much, ourselves – maybe leave some room for others.

  6. I love this Cindy. Beautifully composed. I know exactly how you feel. Some days it’s really tough to juggle all we do.

  7. lignumdraco says:

    Great colours/photo. And I have no idea how anyone can post a photo everyday. Even a couple of times a week can be tough.

  8. bulldog says:

    Cindy what a wonderful photo… the spurts of blogging affects us all at some stage or another… with the software finished and tested I’ll be hitting the marketing trail pretty soon .. and wonder if I will manage a blog a week.. but that is life and I think each and everyone of us is in the same boat… funny when I started I never expected to have so many followers or people that would comment.. and now when I can’t post I feel almost guilty that I’m letting them down… yet when the post goes out they are all still there (well almost all) and one takes off as though you weren’t away…

    • That’s exactly how I feel – almost guilty when I don’t post, and when days go by and I don’t have a chance to post, I really miss the comments and the fun we all have talking back and forth. Blogging really has become an important part of my life because I have made so many new friends, like you Bulldog :).

  9. TBM says:

    Addicted to reading! Never heard of such a thing. I think you are confusing passion with addiction. And no worries about not blogging every day. Soon I won’t have time to blog at all with Malaysia and all. It’s funny, when I disappear and then reappear it’s like I wasn’t gone at all. Bloggers are the kindest and I’ve found respectful–for the most part.

    Nice shot by the way. Next time I want to go.

    • Thanks and of course you can go with us next time :). That would be so much fun! As for your Malaysia trip, it’s going to be really weird without you posting every day, but it will be totally worth it when we get to see all your photos afterwards and hear of your wonderful adventures!!

      • Oh, and as for the reading passion, I find I go through stages. I mean I always love reading, but right now it’s all I want to do!! I just love books!!!!!!!

      • TBM says:

        I’ll be gone, from WordPress, for almost a month. That will be odd, but I was missing in action longer when I moved to London. If you ever move to London be prepared, it’s takes a long time to get internet connection. Be prepared. You may not survive. Are you getting jittery just thinking about it?

      • Yes, I am. My hubby knows that we could never move anywhere without making sure there is reliable internet first! We are in a rural area, so it’s kind of slow, but it’s not too bad, so I’m usually happy :).

  10. benzeknees says:

    I told hubby I was addicted to reading too & he said go to the library! Love the sunrise pic!

    • Thanks and that’s funny about your hubby. What kind of books do you like to read? And do you have an ereader yet? I still buy my favourite books in physical book form because I love to collect them, but I have 2 ereaders as well, and I found a website where you can get all the books for free, so if you want the name let me know. It’s fantastic!!

      • benzeknees says:

        I have a Sony Reader & I have bought free books on from the Reader Store, but have not been very happy with the results. Everything I’ve read so far has been a very inferior product with so many punctuation, spelling & editing errors they were almost unreadable. Right now I am re-reading the Brian Lumley Necroscope series. Also I am starting to review some books for Book Sneeze so I am getting a few books for free, but so far I haven’t figured out how to transfer the download from my laptop to my reader. Have to do some research to see how to make this work because I find my neck gets really stiff reading books on my laptop.
        Thanks for thinking of me & if you want to send me the names of those free sites, I would be happy to have them! Of course, I also wish you would come bake for me 😉

      • Don’t worry, your problems are over!!! First of all, go to to download pretty much any book you could ever want, and if they don’t have the one you want, I think you can make a request. They have recently made some adjustments to tuebl, and it’s not perfect yet, but here are some secrets. When you are on the site, click on search, and then click on advanced search. It works best. If you are searching by author, type in in “last name, first name”. If you are searching by title and the title starts with “the” or “a”, put it at the end after a comma. Then a list of books will show up, you click on the one you want, and then you click on download epub which is perfect because that’s the ebook format that the Sony Reader uses.

        Ok, then you need to download the free software Calibre. When you set it up, you tell it what kind of ereader you have and it sets it up to work for the Sony Reader. This program allows you to add your downloaded books and organize them, and then when you plug your ereader in, you can click on “send to device” and boom your book is on your reader. It is an absolutely fantastic program, and it’s 100% free.

        Let me know if you have any problems, but you will love it. I have hundreds of ebooks that I didn’t pay a penny for :).

      • benzeknees says:

        How very sweet of you to help me out! Thank you, thank you. I will try it out tomorrow because I become more brain dead as the day goes on 😉

      • You are very welcome :). Let me know how it works out.

      • benzeknees says:

        Right now I’m having trouble getting the books from my laptop to my e-reader. I think I may have downloaded the wrong version of Calibre, so I’m going to ask hubby to help me today if I can pry him away from his computer games on this weekend off.

      • Let me know if you are still having problems. If so, maybe I could call you and walk you through it :).

      • benzeknees says:

        Thanks I’ll keep it in mind!

  11. Nandini says:

    Beautiful photo. 🙂

  12. Really lovely photo, thanks for sharing

  13. beckyday6 says:

    Wow, that’s such a great shot, I love the light streaming through.

    Don’t worry, I will tell you the same thing you told me, we will all be here waiting for you when you get back! 🙂 Glad to hear you have been escaping into books regularly. 😉

  14. megtraveling says:

    What a gorgeous picture – the colors are exquisite!

    • They are beautiful aren’t they? And I love how the orange is reflecting onto the beach :). I’m going to be staring at this photo all day because we are getting a bad storm here today, and all of a sudden everything is white outside again :(. Thanks for the comment!

  15. Phil Lanoue says:

    Super sunrise image and glad you were up early to see and capture this scene!

  16. dogear6 says:

    I’m having the same problem with my blog. I’m taking pictures and writing in my personal journal, but I’ve been tired at night and reading is so much more relaxing. I also miss my reading the most when my time gets tight. The writing, not so much.


    • dogear6 says:

      P.S. Loved the sea oats picture – very nice!

      • I have so many hobbies, but reading is the one that I never have to urge myself to do. I don’t think there has ever been a day in my life where I said “nah, I don’t feel like reading”, whereas that does happen with my blog sometimes. And you are so right – reading is the most relaxing!! It’s so nice to find out that so many of my blog followers are book lovers too :). You know, I don’t have many vices – I don’t drink and I don’t smoke – but I do love to collect books. It’s a good thing that they invented ereaders though or my house would be collapsing from the weight of the books on the walls LOL!! I still buy my favourite books in physical form, but I have hundreds and hundreds of books on my ereaders! Oh, and glad you liked my sea oats photo :).

  17. krikitarts says:

    Love your sea oats–how delicate the side tendrils! I’m way behind again, too!

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