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08 November, 2009

Mosaic/Metamorphosis Monday...or...Shifting Sands

IMG_8467 I am back from my first trip to the beach since I started blogging and I must say that I found myself looking at it through very different eyes! Have you found that to be true…that blogging has given you a whole new perspective? I never stepped outside without my camera and I found even the simplest subjects to be fascinating. But perhaps the most interesting to me was…sand!

page1 Of all of the elements of nature, it seems to be the most malleable, changing from one second to the next with the forces around it…morphing from one texture or pattern to another…

page2 …reflecting, if only temporarily, the presence of living beings on its surface…

page …or serving as a canvas for those with an active imagination and an artistic flair…


…and lifting the spirits of one very weary blogger in need of some relief from constant rain, a leaky roof and all that it entails. Sigh…

Thanks so much for dropping by! Please be sure to pay a visit to Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday to see one of her beautiful mosaics and to find out how to play along.

met mon And then head on over to Susan’s at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday to see some wonderful changes of all sorts and to find a list of this week’s participants! I am hoping that Susan will consider sand castles a metamorphosis and allow me to play along!! See you next time! A la prochaine!


  1. Fantastic shots! I love your post, so true!

  2. Yea! Debbie's back! Your sand mosaics are wonderful, but I'm still kind of jealous. I know just what you mean about blogging changing the way we look at things. That's one thing I love about blogging - it makes me think about thinks I might not normally think of. Glad you had a wonderful trip. laurie

  3. I live near the Atlantic Ocean so I know what you mean about the sand being a wonderful canvas for nature. Your mosaics are wonderfula nd I enjoyed the sounds of the gulls and waves in the background. Blogging has certainly made me take photos with a new eye....I appreciate so much more of what I see.
    Hope you get your roof fixed soon
    Hugs, Pat

  4. Those are some gorgeous beach photos! And yes I agree about blogging changes the way you look at things, I always have my camera now! Have a wonderful week :)
    ~Really Rainey~

  5. HI Debbie, glad to see you back. Your beach photo's are beautiful, all of them so special.
    And I believe everybody agree with you, blogging changed my life and I look with different eyes at most things now , taking my camera with me all the time.
    Have a great week.

  6. Hi Debbie,
    These pics are wonderful, with the music, I feel like I'm right there with you. Cindy

  7. Wow...what wonderful photography...I wish I had an eye for it like you.

  8. Quelle jolie plage, Debbie! Et le sable avec les marques différentes (franglais?) des petits animaux et des insectes sont magnifiques. Je suis heureuse que tu aies psssé de bonnes vacances à la plage - et pas trop de bain de soleil (mdr)! Linda

  9. Welcome back Debbie! I hope that you are rested and relaxed. Love the sand pictures, especially that little shark sand sculpture - how creative! The water looks gorgeous. It's so good to have you back, but I'm sure you wish you were still there. Hugs, Kat

  10. Hi Debbie, so glad to have you back! Loved your photos and look forward to hearing all about your trip!

    Happy Monday, Bonnie

    PS - hope the roof got fixed.

  11. Thanks for taking us to the beach! Ahhhhhh! So relaxing! Good luck with the roof!

  12. Love the sand art.
    But I laugh everytime I come to your blog. Your kitty's pose just cracks me up. I've seen my cat do that too. What a hoot!! Thanks for the chuckle.
    Have a wonderful day
    Ladybug Creek

  13. Good morning Debbie, I´m so glad blogging has given you a whole new perspective of things around, it has happened to me also. These pictures show how your eyes is finding a new world around, seeing where we did not before and capturing beautiful images. A very beautiful post.
    Muchos cariños
    María Cecilia

  14. Beautiful...I do see the world differently since I started blogging...I think that is a good thing...I notice small things now that I want to capture to share...

  15. Woo Hooness! Welcome back, Debbie. Love your gorgeous photos and I so hope you had a lovely time at the beach!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  16. Deb, I love seeing things through your eyes. you always describe things so eloquently. I really think you have missed your calling as a "Writer". So glad you had a wonderful time at the beach and found some new discoveries. Kathysue

  17. Debbie, this is just a wonderful post! Loved all the sand sculptures and prints. I love the beach, and I particularly love the beaches on the Gulf. Hope you had fun! Have missed you much...


    Sheila :-)

  18. That is absolutely gorgeous. What a great idea for a mosaic!

  19. Wonderful mosaic. I, too, look at everything differently now that I blog.


  20. Ohhh to live near the water -

    Yes I am officially jealous.

    Lovely mosaics.

    Stop by and say hi if you have a moment.

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

  21. Oh Debbie, this is all wonderful. I always love your posts and how you describe everything. Great. So glad you had a great time. Hugs, Marty

  22. Looks like you had a creatively wonderful time at the beach. Love your sandy images and mosaics!!!
    Hugs and blessings,

  23. Beautiful photos Debbie!

    The sand is mesmerizing..

  24. Love the sand sculptures and the footprints. What a neat idea and creative for your mosaic. Well Done.

  25. thanks for the beautiful photos, i had forgotten how beautiful the sea side is. Ive only moved from florida
    9 months ago and am so amored with charleston, i dont seem to miss the florida coast

  26. Welcome back, Debbie! Everybody agrees that blogging has changed our lives, and yes, I carry my camera everyday to work!

    Great sand architectures! A marvelous mosaic!


  27. Hi Debbie...and welcome back!! You missed a great lunch with the girls but I'm just jealous that you were at the beach and I wasn't...Love the pictures of the sand....very interesting...and nothing feels better then walking on sand....wet or dry it doesn't just feels good to the feet!! Oh, I go onto Linda's blog all the time and for some odd reason it will never let me leave a comment...just let her know that I read it all the time and I feel bad that I can never leave a little message...don't know what the problem is....Sue

  28. Beautiful photo's, I've always loved the ocean, and the sand... Thank you for the little vacation....


  29. These are great photos! What beach is that? The sand is so white! Nothing like our beaches here on the west coast! Glad you had a chance to unwind and enjoy some quiet time! Hugs!

  30. It really is amazing that sand morphs into so many shapes and forms, both with and without the help of man.... You saw and captured so many things that many of us would just take for granted.
    I hope all of your little issues get taken care of soon!! And perhaps more on YOUR schedule! *grin*

  31. Well, blogging has certainly changed my view of the world. I've actually managed to get my camera back from my son who 'borrowed' it two years ago when I first bought it. Looking forward to taking some outdoor shots very soon. Lovely photos, especially the last one - I just want to be there. xx

  32. ***** DEBBIE, I'm sooo glad I was able to "FIND" you!!!...

    ***** Just rcvd the new Pierre Deux Christmas Catalog ("Joyeux Noel")~~~ There's a faaaabulous needlepoint CHRISTMAS STOCKING of a Breton couple (amongst other things), that made me think of YOU immediately!!! (I just KNOW you'd love it!!!) ~ (Page 26, Item #3500199).

    ANYhoooo, wanted to give you a "heads-up if you are indeed interested!

    Best to you,
    Linda *

  33. (Need more info on it? My E is: Good luck!)

  34. I live in Florida on the Gulf side and that looks like Gulf side sand.


  35. Loveley photos!

    I was at my desk, with my cat perched between me and my TP when I found your site ... He loved the sounds of the beach and the birds and kept looking around for where they were ... thanks for entertaining Sam!!!!

  36. Love, love the sand mosaics!! You had me fooled on a few of them (not the shark...)!

    I am glad you got a break and yes I agree, my eyes are like cameras now since I started blogging. I have become a nuisance to be around with my ever ready camera!!

    PS I need a translation from you on my last post.

  37. Beautiful photos, Debbie! Looks like a very relaxing vacation!...Christine

  38. I sure have missed you! I just invoked your name tonight. I was over at Janie's blog (Blondie's Journal), and she has some French plates with expressions that are close to impossible to translate. I tried with any online thingy, but had no luck. If you get a chance, you might want to give it a whirl. They're interesting plates. :-)

    Loved the toy that your sweetie designed for Sarah's niece. So adorable!



  39. Debbie~~~

    I wanted to thank you for the info on the plates. I couldn't find your email. So, you think I got a good deal for $40.00?? I am wondering if it is possble to add to these. They really are cool.

    Thanks so much! :-)


  40. Cool! and there is something so comforting about sand!


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie