Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Floral memory

Leaflady sent this picture back in 2008 in a series from Trindad Beach. I have loved it so much I just had to recycle it!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

mare's tails

The wind at Big Lagoon blew the whitecaps like horses' manes and tails.

charging horses

Sometimes waves can look like thundering white horses! This was at Big Lagoon, north of Trinidad, CA., on Nov. 16.

Sunset from my street

There are too many trees around to see much of any sunset from my window, but by running across the street .... and then up a short ravine to the next road ... I got these lovely views and photos last week. Someday I hope to see a sunset fill the sky over the ocean! I've seen sunsets at the beach, of course, but invariably they've just been brushed across the lower sky or, conversely, been blocked from the water by a dark wall of cloud at the bottom.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Feeling Crabby

I would just like to thank this little guy for posing for me. All the rest crawled back up in their shells.

Dinner? ewwwwwww, yuk!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Beach Birds

I've moved close to downtown Houston now, and the good thing about this is that I'm on the side of town close to the ship channel and all the birding trails. Also, I'm only about 40 minutes from the Galveston beaches [it took me about an hour and a half before]. These pics were taken in Galveston.

I went to hike along the birding trails in Seabrook, but it turned into a mosquito fest. I didn't get any good pics from that trip. My hike turned into a jog, and it was an itchy ride home. I'm waiting for cooler weather before I go back. It's still in the 80's around here.

These last two were taken at sunset. The one above looks like they have pink butts :]

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

4 horses

A woman often brings her four horses to run on Clam Beach in the afternoon. They are so beautiful, especially the two white ones who echo the white waves.

Monday, November 09, 2009

More Jellyfish

These are from Galveston. I'm not sure what kind they are. I've not seen them with the pink markings before.


Clam Beach was littered with jellyfish one day last month. I don't understand why the waves will bring up an abundance of one thing one day, something else another. This one seemed lit from within.

Sunday, November 08, 2009


"gourds," postcard-sized watercolor by Mary Stebbins Taitt

Monday, October 26, 2009


I took these on a misty day (10-9). I don't think I sent them already. I like the eerieness!
It was at College Cove, the other side of Trinidad State Beach. It's only the 3rd time I've been there.  Leaf Lady (Gail)

real and lucky

This view was a little farther down the trail the same day. One pic is how it actually looked, the other is "feeling lucky." Isn't it cool?? Leaf Lady (Gail)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


The fall colors were starting to fade but it actually felt more fallish than it has in the past, for whatever reason. I enjoyed the drive and walking at the river (a different part of it than where I went in the past).
Here are:
1) the one with the most colors in it; and
2) the bottom half of a view snapped from the edge of the highway, which has a weird shape at the side. 
Leaflady (Gail)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Oregon coastline

Taken enroute up the Oregon coast.  Leaf Lady (Gail.)

Heceta Head lighthouse

Heceta Head Lighthouse, near Florence, Ore., at twilight. by Leaf Lady (Gail)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Train Travel #1

I took the train back down to White Plains a week ago this past Sun. I took several pics along the river. Some turned out nice;) I have quite a few to share, but here's one for today! (Pic taken 9-19-09 through the window of the Metro-North, heading south to White Plains NY, from Poughkeepsie, NY)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Patrick's Pt

A couple more of Patrick's Point. LL

more Pat's Pt.

more Pat's Pt., Leaf Lady

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

seals cropped

Here are some of the seals cropped. They did look like little baby maggots in the original (also sent again).  They were pretty far away. LL (Gail)

Patrick's Point

Went to Patrick's Point (state park) today. Here are 3 of the many pics I took. Note the seals in 4970.
This time I started at "Palmer's Point," one of the southern-most points on the Rim Trail, and went north along the trail to Wedding Rock. (Previous visits I've started at Wedding Rock and gone north to Agate Beach, where I've looked for agates and enjoyed being on the beach.) It was only a mile but seemed longer cuz I kept stopping and going down side trails to look and take pics. 
This is definitely a place to take you and Keith when you come. A lovely trail with tons of scenic overlooks.
When I got to Wedding Rock I turned around and went back and DROVE to Agate Beach, so I didn't have to have the 2-mile walk back at the end. Plus I've heard cars can get broken into at Palmer's Point cuz it is pretty isolated.
At the beach I found a lot of LITTLE agates, size of teeth (baby teeth to molars). Only found 3 of any size at all, and those not very big (but bigger than teeth!). But it was very warm and sunny and I was down to one layer!! Hooray!! I think that area is more secluded from the wind or something. It is always warmer there than other places. Now that I have some free passes, I should go there more often.  Leaf Lady (Gail)

Wednesday, September 09, 2009


I went to Dry lagoon today. Got there just at high tide so assumed the waves would start receding soon ... but they never really did!!
That guy wearing the hat was reportedly finding a LOT of agates by living dangerously. I found nicer ones than usual in that general area, between waves for the most part, but after I got doused about 5 times (once up to the waist) and even having one of my beach shoes removed (I was able to run and retrive it), I decided to just go sit in the sun for a while.

Leaf Lady (Gail)

Tuesday, September 01, 2009


I saw several river otters today while riding my bike along the river. I rode down to the boat ramp and quickly realized some lived under it -- heard lots of snuffing noises and even saw one that was out of the water eating a fish. For whatever reason, they didn't seem to mind my footsteps, but as soon as they heard the camera opening up they ducked! I waited about 15 minutes, but tho I got a few glimpses of them under there, they never did more than poke a nose up really quickly.
It was fun to see them!!
Yes I did zoom in on these pictures, probably the equivalent of 200%.
Leaf Lady (Gail)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

beach dancers

Dancing trees.  Leaflady (Gail)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


The first two photos from our walk today.  Leaf Lady (Gail)

Monday, August 17, 2009

people on the beach.

Went to Big Lagoon today, first time in a couple months. The waves were humongous and so incredibly beautiful! I took a lot of cool pictures but nothing really gives the feel of what it was like to be on that beach!
I even found several agates (not big but nice enough for me).  However, I left my $19 metal water bottle somewhere I was digging and didn't realize it wasn't in my backpack till I was back to the car. Usually I don't take that good one; I bought it to leave in the car where plastic ones can be poison if left in the heat too much.
A nice young girl saw me taking pictures and offered to take a couple of me. However, they were really backlit, and lightening them up just made them pale. Still, I have next to no pictures of myself on the beach, so here you are!

Gail (leaf Lady)
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