Creative Waves

Wildflowers Wow the Crowds!

CA Awash in Sea of Color

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

California’s wildflowers are putting on a dazzling show. Up and down the state the hills are alive with the vibrant colors of flowers.

Thousands of people a day are turning out to see Mother Nature’s colorful display!

 

 

At the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve near Lancaster SurfWriter Girls friends Mario Conti and Sarah Burt had their cameras ready to capture the moment.

Their results are striking, bringing to mind the Impressionist paintings of Claude Monet and the glorious flowers of Georgia O’Keeffe.

The wildflowers are definitely a sight to see!

 

If you go, remember to stay on the foot trails and don’t tromp on the flowers.

Park rangers are asking everyone to be careful to avoid crushing the flowers’ petals and stems.

Please don’t stomp,

Roll or romp.

Let the flowers be

For all to see.

That way we all can enjoy these living masterpieces.

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Springtime Wishes for Lesley

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

After months of rain and snow

it’s time for winter to go.

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Time to fill the day’s hours

with sunshine and flowers.

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For Lesley in Sammamish,

this is our wish:

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Warm, vibrant Washington days,

dropping in to Seattle’s cafés.

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An end to cold and flu,

a lovely spring for you.

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Steve & Lesley Meredith at the Empress Hotel on Vancouver Island.

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Treasure Life’s Little Things!

Sunrise to Sunset

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Written by Norma Sellers

Someone once told me to live for the little things in life.

Live for the 5 a.m. sunrises and the 5 p.m. sunsets where you’ll see colors in the sky that usually don’t belong.

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Live for the road trips and bike rides with music in your ears and wind blowing in your hair.

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Live for the days when you’re surrounded by your favorite people who make you realize that the world is not a cold, harsh place.

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Live for the little things because they will make you realize that this is what life is really about.

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Beaches Book Gives Bird’s Eye View!

Gray Malin’s Amazing Aerial Images

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the color photos in Gray Malin’s new book Beaches are worth 10,000 words.

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Taken from a helicopter with Malin literally hanging out the open doorway to get them, the 125 color photographs provide a view from above that’s normally reserved for birds.

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Los Angeles-based photographer Malin spent five years working on the book and photographing beaches from Sydney, Australia to Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

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With stunning aerial photos from around the world and six continents, the book’s unique perspective turns beaches into colorful motifs and abstract patterns that look like they could have been painted by Mondrian or David Hockney.

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For a day at the beach unlike any other you have experienced, settle in with Malin’s beautiful book and enjoy the vibrant images.

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Summertime

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Hot, sandy summer days.

Cool, blue ocean waves.

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Surfboard waxed.

Beach bag packed.

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Hamburgers and chocolate malts.

Margaritas rimmed with salt.

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Work’s on hold.

Carefree days unfold.

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Signs of Spring

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Skies are a brilliant blue.

The ocean is, too.

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Flowers glisten with dew.

Sprouts pop into view.

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Birds chirp on cue.

The Earth begins to renew.

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NATURE IMITATES ART

White Egret Orchid (Habenaria Radiata)

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

They say, “Life imitates art.” Well, it turns out that nature imitates art, too.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel’s friend Beverly Biber sent these amazing nature photos that definitely warrant a second look. It’s almost as if they were painted by an artist’s hand.

“Where’s E.T.? He phoned home, but we can’t find him.”

Aliens friends

Every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings.

Angel Orchid (Habenaria Grandifloriformis)

“Up on your toes!”

Dancing Girls (Impatiens Bequaertii)

Just the thing for a December bride. “Kiss me!”

Hooker’s Lips (Psychotria Elata)

Dove Orchid Or Holy Ghost Orchid (Peristeria Elata)

Everything’s ducky.

Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana Major)

“Hey, hey, we’re the Monkees!” “Polly wants a cracker!”

Parrot Flower (Impatiens Psittacina)

Monkey Face Orchid (Dracula Simia)

“Earthlings, Mothra has come to eat all your clothes!”

Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

Swaddled Babies (Anguloa Uniflora)

“You’ve got the cutest little baby face.”

“Let’s dance!”

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Nature is the art of God. – Dante 

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Cowabunga!

Cows Dive In!

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

In surfing the web, SurfWriter Girls discovered some adventurous and playful cows created by Irish photographer, artist, author and video director Arthur Browne.

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Based in Dublin, the multi-talented Browne has a great sense of humor and a quirky way of observing the world around us.

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Browne’s cows are ready for anything…and love the water!

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To see more of Browne’s work, just go to his website: Pouring My Art Out

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Summer is Meow Time

Cats Stake Claim at Beach

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Now that summer’s here people aren’t the only ones heading to the beach. SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel discovered that, for some kool kitties, water is the cat’s meow.

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The next time you hit the beach and think you’re the first one there…look again. You might be in for a surprise.

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Beach Cats

Early in the morning at Huntington Beach,

Under the pier far from reach,

Slowly the cats begin coming out,

Twitching their whiskers and dancing about.

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Rested and hungry from their long naps,

Sniffing the air for fishermen’s scraps,

The cats frolic in the tide

Long before any surfers catch a ride.

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Quiet, except for hisses and meows,

Without its cover of colorful towels,

Bright umbrellas and tatami mats,

The beach belongs to the cats.

~SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel ©

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Birdsong for Spring

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

From the forests to the sea,

From a flower or a tree,

The birds sing for you; the birds sing for me.

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From high in the sky,

From a branch nearby,

The birds sing hello; the birds sing good-bye.

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From the earliest morning light,

From the darkest time of night,

The birds sing we’re here; the world is all right.

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“Haiku to You”

Surf City Haiku Reflections

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

A perfect wave break.

Sand and sea in harmony

in Huntington Beach.

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At dawn the seagulls

fly past the sun’s horizon.

The new day is here.

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Walking on the pier

early in the morning mist

just the seagulls watch.

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