Last Friday I shared plans I had made with one of my best girlfriends to go out and spend the day enjoying the beach and being outside.

We did and it was glorious.

Marvelous, even. And we wasted not a moment of it.

A delicious breakfast started our day and then we went to Ft. Pickens. The fort is a fairly popular spot for tourist and photographers a like. As a matter of fact I recently shared a session I did there. It's a great back drop to pictures and I've even seen bridals done there.

But I wanted to explore other parts of the area so Susan and I kicked our shoes off and grabbed our cameras and I am so glad we did! There are ten different gun batteries and I don't think I have ever climbed one of them.

Which means that all of my life I have been missing this view.

Pensacola Beach, Ft Pickens FL

Incredible isn't it?

The weather was perfect and the butterflies were enjoying it as much as we were. Poor little thing had a torn wing but it didn't slow him down at all.

I'd never seen a bee like this either...he was blue. And beautiful.

Oswald Chambers said that to a saint nature is every wind that blows, in every night and day of the year, in every sign of the sky, in every blossoming and in every withering of the earth , there is a real coming of God to us if we will simply use our starved imagination to realize it.

Maybe that's why whenever I go out tot he beach I feel like I came breathe a little deeper and a little bigger. I am constantly amazed by how diverse and huge our world is and how small we are.

Pensacola Florida Beach

I stood in the sand and lifted my face to the sun. I felt the warm breeze and the cool gulf waters roll over my toes.

Like I said, glorious. It was glorious.


  1. Wishing I was there! :) Gorgeous captures, Marty.

  2. Love the quote - and of course, your pics ARE gorgeous of a beautiful day.

    1. It would have been hard to not get a good picture :-)

  3. Ohhh I love the last shot, the contrast with the sky and the land is really powerful


  4. I LOVE your posts....this one especially as being by the sea is my "happy" place.

  5. Marty, these shots are stunning! Would love to see that view in person. I've never read Oswald Chambers but his quotes are amazing. Maybe another resolution will be to read one of his books!

    1. Carrie, he was a wise wise man...My Utmost For His Highest is a great place to start reading him. Glad you enjoyed the pictures :-)

  6. I love the beach! There is just something soothing about the sand, the waves, and the sea air! So glad you had an awesome time with your friend! Great pics, too!


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