Wednesday, October 29

GUEST BLOGGER: Mrs. French from Bliss

Hello sfgirlbybay friends and friends who were kind enough to follow me from bliss...welcome to my third and final post here on Victoria's lovely blog.  This post was one I came up with by accident...I had many warm and fuzzy fall posts floating around in my noggin...after mulling it over a bit I decided to do a post on my favorite fall destination...the beach!  

I know this is not a traditonal autumn subject, however, the beach is such a huge part of who I am today that I think it seems fitting to finish up with this.  We moved to Oregon a few years back from Minnesota.  I loved Saint Paul and had wonderful friends and family nearby.  However, my husband had the mountain bug and I agreed to check out Oregon...I sort of viewed it as a little vacation.  We had spent time in Portland, and visited the beautiful mountains from Central Oregon to the Gorge and decided it was time to check out the ocean.  We pulled over on the side of the road, at no particular beach, I got out of the car, felt the sand between my toes, took in a big breath of ocean air and turned to Mr. French and said, "let's do it, let's move."  

I have said it before the ocean is my geographic soulmate...through our many visits to the coast I have come to claim a beach as my very own...Manzanita.  It is my favorite place to visit in this fabulous state of ours.  We went this past weekend, the weather was perfect, and my camera was obcessively snapping away.  I believe that the coast is what inspired me to become a photographer and continues to inspire all of my photos since that magical day a few years back.  I also believe that everyone has their own interpretation of the beach...there are so many to choose from, and each beach means something different to each person.  This is my interpretation...enjoy:

seagull one
my favorite spot
beach grass at sunset
washed up.

Some of my favorite photographers have taken amazing shots of the beach...their interpretations:




Thank you so much for taking time out in your busy days to read my beach ramblings.  I have loved my time here at sfgirlbybay and hope you will become regulars at bliss too.  xxoo

29 comments:

mimi charmante said...

Thank goodness - I thought you were leaving in general. As Bliss is the site I follow, I am quite relieved to hear that you will remain a part of my daily inspiration. Funny enough, I too am from MN, transplanted to the Seattle area...

Franco said...

ohh that place looks wonderul!!
great

karey m. said...

i think people need the sea to be healthy...mentally, physically, whatever.

currently, i am landlocked. unless you count the dead.

need. to. get. to. a. beach.

thanks for the reminder! and the beauty...

thrilled by the thought said...

Beautiful! I love your interpretation!

cindy : quaint said...

your beach photos always have a lot of essence. love the grass at sunset.

M.Lane said...

Lovely. Thanks so much for sharing your art!

M.Lane
mlanesepic.blogspot.com

marla said...

beautiful photos!

leaca said...

Great photos. I love photographing at our beach too. So much to see.

naomi megan. said...

now you've got me wanting the beach.
how i love these shots.

Rachel said...

These are all so beautiful! And I love the beach in the fall/winter. It's less crowded, more haunting, and absolutely refreshing.

christina said...

Until a couple months ago I lived only steps from the beach. I miss it so much. Your photos are a beautiful reminder of how much I love the beach.

High Desert Diva said...

From another ocean loving Oregonian...Mrs. French has captured Manzanita's beach perfectly.

deb said...

Ummmm... snowing here in WNY, enough to stick and make the roads slippery, lucky beach dweller you!

nadia said...

gorgeous- mrs french i know it's your soul-mate because it opens up beautifully to you!

mayaluna said...

Your own photos and those you found for sharing were a wonderful trip to the beach. It snowed outside my window today... a trip to the ocean was perfect!

kristin said...

so beautiful mrs. french! i too am a lover of the seaside, just the opposite coast but of how i'd love to walk on your shores. xo kristin

Callie Grayson said...

Mrs French i completely understand how you felt standing on the beach with the sandy between your toes, the salty ocean air sticking to your lip gloss and you inhale and feel the pull of the ocean. I grew up on the west coast, now living in chicago. People ask me all the time what i miss the most, first thing out of my mouth each time is "the ocean" I guess I should say my family but that is a given.
I will be in San Francisco in 2 weeks then Los Angeles in 6 weeks. I can not wait!!!

Beautiful post!
xxcallie

Melissa de la Fuente said...

Oh.... Mrs. French....one more reason to love you so. Your love of "your" beach! I too adore the beach and consider one particular one down in the Florida keys to always be mine....I love your favorite spot as well and these photos are just divine. Gorgeous and inspiring and I sure wish I could visit!
xoxo
Melis

Victoria said...

I love the beach, and this one of yours is most beautiful. What a wonderful thing to have found your soul spot.

i'm Carrie, lovely to meet you… said...

i love the beach as well and can't imagine ever living anywhere that wasn't near the ocean. as i mentioned over at Bliss, i didn't get to do my trip down to the Oregon coast this summer but you've inspired me to still take that trip, no matter when I can go! My beach is the one in Carmel. Every time I go, I walk the beach in the morning and then go and sit in the sand every night to watch the sunset. That's where I find my peace.

picciolo said...

hi, I love all these beach photos, they remind me of home
: )

mary said...

I am so with you on the beach...I would be out of my mind if I ever had to live anywhere but the coast. Your photos are just amazing.

Simone said...

georgous georgous georgous... You make me want to go there...

Cabrizette said...

so beautiful pictures... thanks Mrs French.

Lyndsy said...

These pictures are amazing and so beautiful! Big sigh :)

shanon said...

I didn't know you used to live right across the river from me, Mrs. French. How cool! =) I love being near open water too. And I suppose if I can't be near the ocean, all the Minnesota lakes and rivers will do. Wonderful blues in those photographs... *sigh*

Kelly C. said...

GORGEOUS! these are amazing. i'm transported to a place of watery peace.
*

The Lil Bee said...

I would follow you to the ends of the earth to see your gorgeous photos, Frenchie. These are just exquisite. Nicely done! Now scurry back to bliss, will ya? :)

Bonbon Oiseau said...

so beautiful frenchie--you make me long for a long walk where the beach takes over and your mind gets quiet.