Sunday, January 10, 2010

Inspiration Avenue Weekly Challenge: Wonderland

Ancient Pier, Gulf of Mexico - Nikon D40 with 55 mm lens

Since I don't have an underwater camera, I can't show you a photo of my wonderland. But I can get close. The Gulf of Mexico is a magical wonderland. I have lived near its coast all my life. In the spring and summer my idea of a perfect day is grabbing my mask and heading to the beach. I don't snorkel, I just hold my breath and dive for shells, sand dollars and to watch the fish. On occasion, there might even be a curious manatee about.

I am not one for sunbathing, too passive. I like to be swimming, feeling that warm, silky water, the gentle waves, watching dolphins far in the distance, too far out for me to reach. But that's okay. Often times the dolphins are not far from sharks, and I'm not that adventurous. But I do love to watch the dolphins jump high out of the water, racing after their elusive lunch. The Gulf of Mexico is quite a wonderland, indeed.
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11 comments:

Magpie said...

Chris, I like your take on 'Wonderland'! A whole different perspective and definitely a wondrous place! In fact, where do you live, I am moving in! HA!

Sandy said...

Yeah this is a wonderful wonderful.
Love them.

luthien said...

this is indeed wonderland! what a beautiful place you live in ... you lucky gal! beautiful and inspiring!!

Mana Moon Studios said...

Wow Chris, now that's MY kind of wonderland!! I love your description, makes me homesick for Cali, only they don't have sand dollars and that gorgeous aqua ocean. Absolutely gorgeous shot, definitely a new fav on my list - well done!♥

WrightStuff said...

Lovely to share in your real wonderland. It would be so great to be near the sea (and a warm one at that!). I'm just painting a picture of the sea as we speak (waiting for the last coat of paint to dry while I write) and I feel all nostalgic for summer holidays.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Love this take on the theme, so clever!

Chris said...

Thank you, ladies!! I truly am blessed to live so close to the water. Some days I forget that, when life gets hectic and crazy. I'm trying to remember it more these days.

patk860 said...

love this peaceful, serene wonderland! i had the joyous opportunity to swim with 2 manatees in the keys last summer...we were in paddle boats near the resort when they approached us. i slipped out of the boat & literally was running my hands all around their bodies! it's something i'll never forget!

artangel said...

It looks and sounds just like a wonderland to me too! You've described it beautifully - great submission Chris!
Angie x

Chris said...

Pat - isn't it just amazing? I love how they are so calm, but curious.

Angie - Thank you! I'm going to investigate underwater cameras to see if I can get some photos come spring. It's a little too cold for swimming right now.

ChatElaine said...

So sorry I missed you out Chris, what a truely wonderful peaceful place, idyllic!