Sunday, April 10, 2016

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Below is a list of memes I am joining for this week, and to save time I am doing one post for all. They are all fun memes to participate in...I hope you can join in with the fun  and check out some of the participating posts. Special thanks to all the wonderful host and their memes, I hope you have some time to check them out.

I am sharing our most recent trip March 22-24. A two night, three day road trip to Virginia Beach, Virginia. Side excursions were stops at the Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Back Bay NWR, Chincoteague Island National Seashore. We saw some beautiful sunrises, sunsets and the moon rising over the Atlantic Ocean. Lots of birds, turtles and even some butterflies.



My first time visiting Virginia Beach,Virginia, sharing our shadows.


Above the boardwalk, turtle sculptures, gulls on the beach and the surfer sculpture. I am always having fun taking our shadow shots. I think we missed the Spring Breakers, it was not crowded at all. Just the way we like to spend time at the beach.




A Ring-billed gull on the beach.


Not many people but plenty of gulls on the beach..I love the beachy colors of the sand, ocean and the sky.


The hotel pool was closed for the winter season, but the Mallard ducks claimed the pool for themselves.

Our first sunrise at Virginia Beach!




Sharing a map of our road trip to Virginia Beach, Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Back Bay NWR and Chincoteague Island National Seashore. It was a great trip, it is always great to visit new places.

As always, I appreciate the visits and your nice comments.  Have a happy new week ahead!

As always thanks to the wonderful group of hosts listed below.
Thanks to Jesh our host for Seasons
Thanks to Judith our  host of Mosaic Monday
Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday


112 comments:

RedPat said...

Love those sunrise pics, Eileen!

Tom said...

your shadow shots are always the best

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
What a beautiful expanse! YAM xx

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful photos, Eileen - what a fun trip!

Blogoratti said...

Beautiful collection, and nice looking beach with the gulls. Have a nice week, and best wishes!

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Such amazing colours in all of the photos, beautifully artistic captures. Love the fun one of your waving shadows.
Have a great week ahead Eileen :)

Sue said...

Ya know, I'm thinking you're ENJOYING retirement, Eileen!
:)

Mildred said...

I enjoyed your photos, especially the shadow shots! So happy that the area was not crowded. The duck in the pool is cute!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

Beautiful birds and sunset!

Happy week ahead :)

TexWisGirl said...

pretty gulls against the water. love the shadow shot. :)

Betsy Adams said...

Looks like you had a great trip. I grew up in southwest Virginia --but don't think I ever went to Virginia Beach. I have been to Newport News and Williamsburg and Richmond --and many other areas...

Great sunrise.
Hugs,
Betsy

Linda said...

Very beautiful and relaxing series, Eileen! Thank you so much for sharing.

Martin Kloess said...

great shots thank you for sharing

Bob Bushell said...

That is a wonderful places, to take shadows, Ring-billed Gull and the beautiful skies.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

I've been to VA Beach once and it was amazing...love that opening shot!

The Yum List said...

Wow, the sunrise shot is gorgeous. Great "Dismal" Swamp doesn't sound like a name that would encourage me to visit. ;-)

jeannettestgermain said...

That's how I like the beach -no people and plenty of birds:):) Am surprised there is no snow! Have a great time there and many thanks for your great shadow shot for SEASONS! A happy week ahead, and "see" you back soon!

Merlesworld said...

Shadows in the sand, a empty beach is good for the soul.
A duck in the pool now thats different.
Merle..............

Cloudia said...

love your shadows Eileen!

Michelle said...

How cute that the pool had some ducks! lol

Roan said...

Beautiful photos. I haven't been to Virginia Beach. Looks like a great place to visit.

Irene said...

Wow, gorgeous sunrise! Love all your captures, Eileen!

Denise inVA said...

You took some great photos of one of my favorite spots Eileen. Thanks for sharing them and have a great week :)

Stephanie said...

Beautiful place!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Love your photos! The beach in any season is wonderful -- I especially love it when there aren't many people around!

jandi said...

Those sunset shots are amazing! I also prefer a quiet beach! Looks like a lovely place to visit!

Cranberry Morning said...

I love the shadow shot, Eileen, and I'm so glad you included a map of your route. I love maps. They make all the difference! Thank you!

Linda W. said...

Wonderful sunrise pics! And cute shadow photo too.

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

I like y'alls happy shadow.
Have a Happy Day!
Peace :)

Margaret Adamson said...

Love the shadow shot as well as that gorgeous sunrise. Lovely spot. My computer has decided to behave again however I managed to deleete all my emails from my IPad!!! Have a great week ahead.

rupam sarma said...

Amazing pics.
Have a nice week ahead.

Stewart M said...

Nice to see the ducks taking back some habitat!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Christine said...

wonderful beach photos Eileen but I really loved the shot of the mallard claiming the hotel pool for itself!
The water was a lovely colour!
Hope you have a fun week!

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Eileen
Your sunrise shots are beautiful.
Love the way the mallard claimed the hotel pool.
What fun as you share your shadows.

Have a lovely new week ahead

All the best Jan

podso said...

That is a gorgeous sunrise photo near the end! Have a good week!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful road trip to Virginia Beach♪ 
I LOVE your shadow shots and gorgeous sunrise☆☆☆ Sweet birdies, the gull sure have Ring-bill♡♡♡

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Ana Freire said...

I loved the shadows shots, as well! The first one... is perfect!!!!!
And I loved all the rest... but those with the sunset... are just stunning!!!!!
Enjoy your week, Eileen!
A big kiss!
Ana

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

What a wonderful beach and great photos, Eileen! "Not many people" sounds lovely, and the photo of the gulls on the beach is indeed very beautiful. Such wonderful colours!
Thank you for sharing. Have a lovely new week!

Lynne said...

Great shadow pics and I loved the sunrise pictures.
Nice that you mussed the spring break crowd!
Looks like a nice road trip . . .

Cathy Keller said...

Oh my, but your photos take my breath away. Your sunset is just amazing and I'm speechless!! Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I love sunsets

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love that you include a map! I usually look places up when someone mentions them. What a beautiful beach and a fun time you had. I love having lots of photos from our trips....brings back the happy memories! Hugs!

Mary Hone said...

I would love to do that trip! That is one place on the east coast I would love to visit. Great photos.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Hello, Shadow People!

Love your birdies as always, Eileen!
~

Rajesh said...

Very beautiful shots from the beach. The sunrise is cool.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Excelente trabalho e belas fotografias.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Life Images by Jill said...

wow that sunrise is just amazing Eileen.
Happy travels.

Jeevan said...

Very cool photos from the Virginia Beach and apt to the name, the beach looks so pristine! I also liked the settings around the promenade and the sunrise is quite treating to eyes. Your shadow exhibits how glad you should have felt being there. Hope u enjoyed

Happyone said...

Awesome sunrise!! Wonderful color!!

Debby Ray said...

Oh my, such beauty, Eileen! This looks very much like Carolina Beach where we were last weekend. I love seeing more birds than people... that's for sure...and the sunrises are glorious!

Sandra said...

that first shadow shot is a super shot. love it and those are just the kind of beaches we love, sand, sun and birds, not many people... have never been there.. would like to see the dismal swamp

Missy George said...

Beautiful sunrise...What is a pool without a Mallard??

Linda Kay said...

Love the shadow shot, and your birds, of course.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Love how this duck is enjoying his time in the pool:) So cute!

Debbie said...

i always enjoy the shadow shots, this one is especially fun!! and those ducks, always hogging the pool, we had 12 once in ours, they are so hard to get rid of!!

looks like a fun trip!!!

Debbie said...

i think you could have shared this with fences as well!!!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Fabulous shadow image.....all beautiful....love the sunsets!
Happy Monday!
Ruby

Small City Scenes said...

All images are beautiful. Love the sunrise over the water and the shadow image is fun.
MB

Maggee said...

Oh darn! If I had known... we could have met! I live in VAB! Love the shadow pics you got--very cool! I haven't even been to Dismal Swamp yet! But I hear there are lots of warblers there now! End of the week, when the weather settles down... I'm going! Thanks for sharing!

amo sin blogg said...

Nice trip, lovely pictures !

Laura said...

That duck is so funny and clever too.

Andrea Priebe said...

How smart to go before the crowds arrive. It is much closer to what nature intended without the commotion of the throngs. What is it about the ocean that makes a sunset so stunning ... is it the salt air? I don't know, but I had the same experience in Thailand ... just breath taking. Very nice series, Eileen ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

Our photos said...

Very nice ! I really love the sunrise !

b"E"th ( : edwards said...

gorgeous sunsets. i love the 1st shot. so cute!! hope you had fun in VA. such a great state if i do say so myself. ha. ha! ( :

Photo Cache said...

Love the shadow shot.

Worth a Thousand Words

Joyful said...

enjoyed your photos. That first shot is very cute!

handmade by amalia said...

I particularly like that photo of the gulls in flight. It looks to be such a sunny day and it must be nice for the birds to have the beach to themselves.
Amalia
xo

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

A stunning sunrise Eileen. One place we stayed at in Florida an egret claimed the (in use) pool as its own. Darn thing would squawk at the pool cleaner every morning until he could convince it to leave - good morning coffee entertainment.

ladyfi said...

What a gorgeous place to be!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Mallards in the pool! Ha! That is one of the many reasons why here in FL most have bird cage enclosures around the pool for homes and smaller hotel pools. Have a great day tomorrow! Excellent pics by the way!

Nora said...

I loved your photos of your trip! Looks like a fun time with some lovely scenery.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Eileen

Virginia has a wonderful and diverse seashore--you visited s good places. The sunrise was beautiful and I'm sure you enjoyed beachcombing along the quiet shore. The boardwalk looked quiet--the best time to take a stroll!

Birgitta said...

That was a beautiful collection!

Weekend-Windup said...

Beautiful pic with the shadows. Amazing clippings of the sky...

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
such a wonderful place with sunshine, beach, birds and a fantastic sunset. Amazing !
Best regards, Synnöve

Klara said...

mmmm.... beach.... sun... nice photos. what a wonderful sunset. I appreciate that you included google map.

Tomoko said...

Hi,Eileen
Such a beautiful sunrise! I enjoy to see your shadows on the beach. I say hello to you too! Happy spring for you!

alp said...

estupendo reportaje,,,un saludo desde Murcia...

Rose said...

It looks like you had a good time. The sunrise is so, so beautiful.

carol l mckenna said...

Beautiful photo adventures you always seem to have ~ Wonderful and beautiful!

Happy week to you and thanks for coming by ~ ^_^

Neesie said...

That looks a fantastic road trip Eileen and beautifully photographed.
The photographic journal is a great way to keep the memories of a holiday.
I wish you a wonderful week ahead. Thanks for sharing ;D

Nancy Chan said...

Great shadow shots and lovely seagulls and ducks too.

amanda peters said...

Lovely post and photo..
Amanda xx

Phil Slade said...

You chose a good time for a break Eileen. No people, just birds and wide open spaces - just wonderful.

Do enjoy the rest of your week and lets hope it warms up at home soon.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely photos, specially the mallard in the pool!

Findlay Wilde said...

I love the shadow pictures, they sort of show that you were part of everything without disturbing it.

Adam Jones said...

A great looking Ring billed Gull Eileen.

Rambling Woods said...

Looks like a great place to take a break

Neil said...

What a great place to visit.

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

I love road trips too! To be honest, I do not know a lot about the area you visited. However, I would like to learn more about the places you stopped by.

The happy wanderer. said...

You're certainly making the most of being retired, Eileen. It is enjoyable to go to places that have few people disturbing the birds!

Kalantikan said...

Hi Eileen, the sky is so very very clear! If that happens here now nobody will be able to walk the streets, as even if we still have clouds our temperatures is >36°C with Heat Index of 40°C. STay outdoors for a few minutes and you will dry up.

That was a long route you took but definitely an enjoyable one!

magiceye said...

Lovely captures all. Loved the mallard duck in pool pic the best!

Zizi Santos said...

Adorei sua viagem Virginia Beach
lindas imagens de pássaros , sol, e sombras!
bjs

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful photos! I love the mid-Atlantic area. I used to work in D.C. (while still living in California) and had a lot of time to explore. Both your route and map made me a bit nostalgic. So many layers of history out there.

Gunn said...

I love these sunny blue images.

NatureFootstep said...

seems like a very nice and enjoyable trip :)

Anu said...

I love those photos of the sunrise!
Happy birding!

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Boa tarde, belos registos da maravilhosa zona marítima, a praia é fabulosa.
AG

Tanya at RockstarVanity said...

There are few things in life as beautiful and inviting as a beach empty of people :-)

Bethany Carson said...

The sunrises photos are beautiful. Loved your shots from the beach. It has been years since I've been to the ocean, but I still vaguely remember the seagulls looking for handouts. Building sandcastles (only to have the tide come in and destroy them--and building them again the next day) and finding sea shells were what made the biggest impression on me though!

Alexa T said...

Hello Eileen! Lots of beautiful aspects captured at the shore and it must be a gorgeous trip! For sure, these critters are so lovely! The sunrise in collage is so fabulous! Many thanks for sharing these beauties with us and warm greetings to you!

Hannah said...

It must be wonderful to be able to go on trips, it seems we are always tied down to our gardening, cat, and other projects, though we stopped keeping poultry last year so are closer to being able to travel at will. The beach and blue sky are so beautiful and restful, and so many gulls! I chuckled at the duck in the swimming pool. Nice shadow shots too, Eileen.

Chris Rohrer said...

That looks like a nice time. Beautiful sun and some beach....and cool breezes? I wouldn't mind a bit:) Have a great week!

Linda said...

Looks like a great trip! I appreciate the map.

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, These are sure some neat pictures. Makes me want to visit the beach! :-) Especially love those sunrise photos! Very nice post. Hope you are having a fine week.

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Fantastic views, Eileen, great sunrise images.
Many greetings!

Helma said...

Your first visit to visit to Virginia Beach was also very nice. Very nice photos and a beautiful sky by the sun.
Greetings, Helma

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love your sunsets and of course your birds.

Marie C said...

Photos of very familiar things to me!!! My hubby lived in Chesapeake when my Dad was stationed in (and we lived in) Norfolk. Years later we lived again in Chesapeake, and also in Portsmouth and Suffolk. Our daughter lived in Norfolk. Been to Va. Beach many times! And the Great Dismal is one of my favorite places on earth! Your photos sure brought back memories...can't wait to see more!

June Caedmon said...

I love your shadow shots, Eileen - what fun! Beautiful photos all - stunning sunrise!

Jarek said...

Beautiful trip and great photos.