Sunset at the Beach With George

September 15, 2014 was an amazing day in Nova Scotia. Out of many, many amazing days. This one seemed to bless us with breathtaking moments unlimited. We started the day with a return visit to Martinique just after dawn, Endless Blessings, Endless Bliss.

Then as evening approached I walked out on the deck to see a spectacular sky and an inspiring view that moved me to say out loud…”Let’s go to the beach for the sunset George!”

Come along with me and my puppy George as we visit our favorite beach in Nova Scotia on a very special evening. Continue reading

Heroin

Alternate version of September 25 sunset shoot at Shangri-La, aka Mariner’s Cove, Nova Scotia.

I admit I have a problem. That’s the first step. I’m a nature junkie, and I need a fix. Daily. The more I get, the more I want. The ocean and the beach is my heroin. Living in Nova Scotia on this beach is an ocean/nature junkie’s heaven.

Thus for me, Lou Reed’s epic live version of Heroin, with soaring solos and crescendos divided by quieter interludes, (even a passage of church organ!), expresses metaphorically the ecstatic emotions I experience as I walk this beach and experience the glory of nature, the ocean and life itself.

I hope you feel something like that same exhilaration as you watch this. Continue reading

Heaven

A short live video 360° of that first day at Shangri-La.

I thought I’d found heaven. This is the first video I made after getting home. Then I made the one from all the stills I took, previously posted as Shangri-La.

By the end of the summer I had decided I wanted to live right here. As awesome as the cabin I have now is, it’s every surfer’s dream to own their own surf break. So I bought a lot on the top of the point at the far end of the beach you can see toward the end of the rotation, the hilltop point in the distance past the gazebos on the small reef in the middle of the beach. Continue reading

Green

Part 3 of 4 videos from the big shoot at Mariner’s Cove on September 18.

My creative urge had been piqued from the results of previous shoots and resulting videos made from them, and I was on a roll. I took over 400 photos this afternoon. Too many to dump into one long video, so I broke them into 4, featuring different aspects of the location I had focused on as George and I wandered and wondered at our good fortune to enjoy such a magical place.

An inspiring, although somewhat grey, day at Shangri-La, my favorite unspoiled beach in Nova Scotia. Even with the overcast sky, the colors of nature were deep and rich to my eyes. For Part 3 I focused on the dune grasses, wild flowers, and other greenery that adorns the edge of land as it meets the sea. I called the result simply: Green. Continue reading

Trouble

Studies in abstract compositions in molten silver and threads of gold. With George.

Part 4 of the big shoot on September 18.

Found this song on my laptop, I think it was a freebie from a download site I signed up for. Love the sound…and it fits perfectly for you know who, the master photo bomber/art director assistant I am tethered to during all my beach shoots. Continue reading

Shangri-La

In 2013 I discovered a special secret beach inside an ungated ‘gated’ community. I was enthralled with its beauty and pristine nature, and we returned almost every day that summer and fall. In 2014 I discovered that the gate had finally been installed, and access was now a long hike in. I knew a neighbor who had a parcel in there, but he couldn’t (or wouldn’t) give me the gate code. Sadly I resigned myself to not having access this year.

But after about a month I was jonesing, so I decided to make the hike in. Continue reading