Friday, October 3, 2008

Wandering into the Lives of a Few Blogging Friends

Sometimes when I am wandering around with my camera in hand, I spot things that remind me of some of my blogging friends.  In the time that I have been blogging, I have come to consider so many of you as my friends.  I pop in to check on you, as you do me.  We read about each other's days.  We laugh at each other's jokes.(thank you, Ms. TJ)  Our hearts ache with one another's pain.  As I was going through some of the photos that I recently shot, I found some that were taken with a particular blogging friend in mind.  I am going to share some of those with you here.  This is something that I hope to do more of in the future, as you all mean so very much to me.

This first image was taken a few days ago from the front yard of my beach house.  It is a picture of Catalina Island at dusk.  I cannot always see it as there is usually a lot of marine layer(fog) which hides the island from view.  Catalina Island is off the coast of Southern California.  It is a tourist destination, but much of the island is uninhabited.  The small town of Avalon is filled with small shops, restaurants and other sight-seeing opportunities.  The only way to get to Catalina is by boat or helicopter which makes it fairly remote.  This photo was taken with JoJo
in mind.  She once wrote about her "bucket list" and how she would like to take her husband to Catalina Island.  I snapped this picture with JoJo in mind, but I am posting it for anyone who has ever wished that they could run off to a remote island.(even for just a few hours!)
As I was wandering around the quaint streets of San Juan Capistrano, I spotted this beautiful Madonna statue.  Although I am Jewish, I admire the iconic beauty of various religious figures and what they stand for.  One of my dear blogging friends, Kathleen, often refers to her connection with the Madonna.  When I spotted this one, I just had to take a picture of it.  I felt a sense of calmness just looking at it.  

This photo was also taken in San Juan Capistrano.  There are so many lovely, old homes lining the streets of the Los Rios district.  When I stopped to admire the color, shadows of light and the angles on this home, I was reminded of the wonderful paintings that Catherine Holman creates.  Cathie's creations and her stories illicit a sense of calmness in this often crazy world that we live in.  Looking at this little house made me stop and think about Catherine.  She paints such lovely places to hideaway inside of.
Another one of my favorite bloggers recently wrote about shells and butterfly wings.  I recently spotted this beautiful Monarch butterfly, perching on a plant.  It was kind enough to pose for a quick photo.  It made me stop and think about Roxanne at River Garden Studio, and how she constantly inspires me to be more creative.
And finally, there is this gorgeous little lady.  Mark and I saw her flitting her way down the street in Laguna Beach.  She went from one shop to another, collecting her daily snacks from the shop keepers.  Please check out her toenails.
I swear her owner was wearing the same color nail polish on his toes.  I suppose that's what love is all about.
Ness, Hallie and all of my other Doxie loving blogging friends, this little baby is for you.  There aren't many people that I think about when I see a Doxie in a pink-leopard tutu with matching pearls.  That is a category all unto itself.

These are just a few of my wonderful blogging buddies.  There are so many more.  I have linked the sites of these special people up to their names.  If you get a free moment, stop by and say hello.  It's interesting because I find that all good bloggers are connected to one another, somehow, so you may already know these lovely individuals.  I feel very lucky to have connected with each and every one of you.  If I wasn't able to include a picture that made me think about you, I will in the future.  Friendship is like that.  The simplest things can cause us to stop and think about someone we care about when we least expect it.  It's always a welcome surprise!

May this day spark thoughts of the people you care about.  May you find a way to tell them how much you care.


kim-d said...

As usual, Deb, those are LOVELY photos, and the fact that you took them with particular friends in mind makes them even better! It doesn't surprise me one bit that you thought to do this! I especially love Catalina Island for JoJo :).

Isn't it great how you find so many new friends through existing blogger friends? It is just incredible to me how this has worked.

Have a wonderful week, Deb...

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

First off, the doxie in a tutu may just be the greatest pic ever. Not just because it's got a wiener dog in the pic but because the pics make me smile. Who wouldn't smile when they see a hotdog wearing a pink tutu?

But more than anything Deb, I just love that you think of Ness and I (and any other dachshund people) when you see something like this.

I am tickled that if even for a brief unexpected moment, you find yourself thinking of me. That is simply the greatest gift of this crazy blogging world.

I LOVE that you did this.


JenX67 said...

Those were some amazing blogs. I'm so glad you featured them. Because of time constraints, without your recommendation, I probably would never have visited them.

Bogart in P Towne said...

There are some amazing colors in those pics!

Irene Latham said...

I love the matching toenails comment! DEFINITELY love. What a sweetheart you are. xxoo

Kathleen said...

Thank you Deb! i love my Madonna! I spent the weekend at a workshop making a Shrine. I will post a photo soon. Thank you also for your very kind and comforting words. They mean a lot to me!

Catherine Holman said...

I'm honored that you thought of me for your post. You are a special blogging friend and to be included in a post with such a wonderful group of fellow bloggers is a definite honor.

rivergardenstudio said...

I was visiting your site and reading your post, which is wonderful I might add, and I found my name! Thank you so much! I have loved getting to "know" you too! And your last comment on my blog was so eloquent about seashells and butterfly wings..."Vehicles to retreat to and vehicles to set our souls free" beautifully you write!

Ness said...

Oh, Deb, my sistah-friend. Thank you for the dachsie pic. It made me smile on a morning that is hard to do so. I love my computer room because sitting on the desk is the stuffed dog you sent me on my birthday and when I look out the window to watch the leaves or the rain fall I see the beautiful plant you sent. I will make it out to the West Coast some day and we will look for sea glass.

Blue said...

you know, i grew up out there and from NPB it was hard to see catalina island this clearly...yet i've had this mental image of you even further down the coast. now i'm wondering if you're not further up the coast than i've been thinking.

this looks like a view you'd get from sunset beach or thereabouts. I saw the islands from the cockpit recently. it was sunset too, and I'd never been at quite that angle near them. I had honestly been oblivious to San Clemente Island before that, tucked off beyond catalina as it is.

anyway, i agree 100% with your synopsis in this post. i love wandering through my eBFF's lives, and keeping up with them. Better than holiday cards for sure!

You're ever delightful Debbie!

Blue said...

Debbie, I KNEW I was spacing out on something. Like one of those nagging thoughts in the back of my mind, I was aware that there was something else I needed to do. But till your comment it just wasn't forthcoming. So DUH! Yes, I did enter you. And I was supposed to leave a comment on your blog telling you so. Sorry about that. I did feel a bit like an entry hog with my four submissions. But that's better odds than the lotto...which I've never played before. Except the time my boss gave me a lotto ticket for the holidays. Twenty bucks for the whole office to get their hopes up and inspire "What if..." moments for a few days. I digress.

So yes, I did enter you cause I thought you'd like to win them.

(POST SCRIPT) And yes, I did type this comment YESTERDAY but forget to click "Publish" so here it's been sitting for hours and hours. They say the mind is the first to go...
♥ to you!

Lorrie Veasey said...

As Always- an awesome post and SO TRUE. It has amazed me how much blogging is like a pebble thrown into still waters.

Now some of my best friends live in my computer.

tj said...

...I love what 'lorrie veasey' said up there - so true... :o)

...Angel Deb you are just so sweet and you have a spirit that resonates thru the air and to your readers - it's a gift you have and I am blessed to know you...

...Beautiful photos too!

...Many blessings to you... :o)

Karen Deborah said...


very very lovely photos. all beach shots california shots are like cool ice water in the desert for one who moved in land. keep up the refreshments,please

Alison said...

what a wonderful idea, these are the best "awards" I have ever seen. the photos are gorgeous, just like you!!

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learn chinese said...

oh,You are a special blogging friend and to be included in a post with such a wonderful group of fellow bloggers is a definite honor.

Coffee Bean said...

What a wonderful post and your pictures were all beautiful and full of thought. You are such a delight!

jojo said...

Oh Deb,
I haven't been around much lately and was so honored to see the picture of sunset over Catalina Island. It is simply amazing. Is there a way I could get a copy of it?? To think that you were thinking of me while looking at such beauty brought a tear to my eye. You are so special to me...I always feel so comforted after visiting's like a hug...only more spiritual. Hard to explain but thank you.

I have been so blessed to meet so many wonderful people's one of the best things I've ever done!!

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