Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday! 

Hello, wishing everyone a great day and weekend ahead. 
I am sharing more of our trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey on Oct 30-31st. We stayed one night at the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for a total of $88. The Hard Rock Hotel took over what was the previous Trump's Taj Mahal, since it went bankrupt in 2009 and 2015. The rooms are beautifully done after being gutted, we loved the newly renovated room. We had a partial view of the ocean and to the right we could see the bay. 

"It is a wonderful day, I have not seen this one before."

The moon seen from our driveway before leaving on our NJ trip. 

The newly renovated Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. 

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is right on the Atlantic City boardwalk. 

Me and my shadow's view of dunes and Atlantic Ocean.

I am guessing these are the Laughing Gulls, I could be wrong.  

We were up and outside for the sunrise, the neighboring Ocean Casino has this ball on top of the building. It changes colors and messages. Below is the pumpkin ball. 

The message changed to the USA flag ball. 

"Slow down and enjoy life."

The ferris wheel on the pier changed colors, it looked pretty. 

"Happiness can not be far behind a grateful heart and a peaceful mind."

While watching the sunrise I saw rows of Cormorants or Black Ducks flying south. 

It was a beautiful sunrise.  

"When you start each day with a grateful heart, light illuminates from within." unknown

I am thankful I am retired and enjoying life. 
I am thankful to see the sunrise each day. 
A thankful heart is a happy heart. 
am thankful for all your visits and comments. 

Thank you Michelle for hosting Thankful Thursday
Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday

Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!


  1. Puxa, foi um lindo passeio.Belo lugar, maravilhosas fotos e ainda a lua que se mostrou magnífica! Valeu! beijos, tudo de bom,chica

  2. Hello Eileen,

    Beautiful photos! The ferris wheel is so pretty, and the sunrise too. Thank you for reminding me to be thankful.
    Happy Thursday!

  3. Hari Om
    Oh my word Eileen... you got some AMAZING shots - that Ferris wheel, the birds across the waves... gorgeous! YAM xx

  4. ...neat sights, I love the ferris wheel.

  5. Oh how heartwarming your thankful post is Eileen.
    I did love all the quotes and most especially the Cormorant Sunrise.
    Cheers and thank you for sharing your trip :D)

  6. The hotel rocks really and I liked the architecture and the place has wonderful isolated bay for private relaxing. Awesome break of morning and interesting light changing ball and ferris wheel.

    Have a nice day

  7. I can’t help but contrast the natural beauty with all that glitter and artificial ugliness. And the gulls ARE Laughing Gulls.

  8. Good to see sunrise through your eyes. I may wake up before the sun sometimes, but usually roll over and sleep another hour. Thanks so much for sharing so I can sleep! Have a great day!

  9. Hello Eileen!
    The Hard Rock hotel looks so beautiful ! I’m sure you had a great time visiting!
    Gorgeous pictures of the amazing sunset,the ferris wheel,and the flying cormorants!
    Great capture of the moon and the Laughing Gulls! Thank you for sharing!
    Have a great day!

  10. beautiful captures, the hubs and i have been thinking about a trip to hard rock!!

    the moon is so pretty but not as pretty as that sunrise!!!

  11. Nice Moon shot. It is hard to believe the Sun comes up over the ocean because here the Sun goes down at the ocean. LOL

  12. Viewing nature also means viewing sun rises. What is it? The early riser gets the worm? You got the sunrises.

  13. Great things to be thankful for. Love those sea birds!

  14. Love those DUNES, beaches are my Thing. so are Shadows and you have both. I like that last shot of the ferris wheel. beautiful

  15. Beautiful beach pictures. I think the gulls are Laughing Gulls, too. And that moon...!

  16. Always enjoy every photo you share Eileen, but the one with the ferris wheel spoke to me today. Beautiful!

  17. When I was a kid my great aunts lived in Brigantine just off Atlantic City and we visited often so it was nice to see these pics of the pier etc!

  18. Love the ball that changes color.

  19. The Cormorants are having a great time and the Laughing Gulls, just paddling.

  20. What a beautiful series of photos. I love the ferris wheel on the pier, it is an amazing sight to see. Enjoy your day!

  21. Glad you had a good trip. As always, I love your moon and sunrise shots. As a west-coaster used to sunsets over the beach, I like seeing your coastal sunrises.

  22. The beach looks like an appealing spot for a stroll. And that's a terrific moon shot!

    I imagine gutting the hotel from its previous ownership probably took some of the gaudiness you'd have expected out of a Trump property.

  23. The Ferris wheel is eye-catching! And what a full orange sunrise...
    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend!

  24. Wow! Lots of vistas to be thankful for ~ glad you had a wonderful time in nature and wonderful photos ~ Eileen ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  25. Wonderful collection of photos today.
    Love that colorful ferris wheel.

  26. This looks like a beautiful trip, Eileen. Thanks for linking up!

  27. Being thankful makes each and every day special! I love seeing that Ferris wheel with the pretty lights! Enjoy your evening!

  28. I heard a lot about Atlantic City Casino, but I've never been there.

  29. Gorgeous photos of the birds and the sunrise Eileen.

  30. There is nothing like staying at a nice hotel especially when you can get a good rate.

    Love your moon shot, your sunset, and all the bird shots. I also love the quotes that you have in your post.

    Have a great weekend!!

  31. You are so good at photographing the Moon Eileen and the sunrise images are stunning. Love the colours of the ferris wheel also Have a lovely weekend.

  32. Fabulous shots. Looks like you had a great trip.

  33. Wonderful post again. Especially the last three photos are beautiful, the photo of ferris wheel is outstanding.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  34. I used to make a special side trip to go into the hard rock cities when get a t-shirt. LOL.

    Amazing photos as always Eileen.

  35. Incredible shots Eileen - I always love seeing your photography but your moon is fantastic.

  36. Hello Eileen,
    you have made a nice trip to Atlantic City. The days and especially 31 October I was not on the blog. That was the commemoration of our grandson. That is why I was also away from the blog.

    You show beautiful photos of your trip. The moon, but also the sunset is beautiful to see. Wonderful photos and you can see that you have enjoyed a lot.

  37. The lighting on that gull shot is spectacular! And how lucky to get the cormorants in flight over a sunset -- great impact! Love the ferris wheel, too!

  38. love the sunrise shot with the flock of Cormorants

  39. I have not been to Atlantic City for a very long time. I'm sure there have been a lot of changes. The pumpkin ball is very interesting. Clever. Great moonshot. I hope you had a good time!

  40. "A thankful heart is a happy heart" - so true. among all those wonderful shots, I think my favourite is the moon. such a great capture. happy weekend, Eileen.

  41. This short trips are surprisingly very therapeutic.

    Worth a Thousand Words

  42. What a truly beautiful 'thankful' post.

    I thought the sunrise photographs were breath-taking, it really was a most beautiful sunrise.

    All the best Jan

  43. Beautiful sky shots. Love the ferris wheel shot, and also the birds in flight. Have a great weekend!

  44. I always love your moon photos, Eileen, as they are so sharp and clear. Glad you had a fun time at the casino--it's nice to take a mini vacation now and then. Have a great weekend!

  45. Beautiful skies! That was a great bargain for a hotel room!

  46. Loved the moon photo and the ferris wheel, but the sunrise photos are just spectacular!

  47. Lovely Eileen . . .
    Perfect timing.
    I needed it!

  48. Well done and well said. Happy Day


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