If you read this blog then you know I visited Puerto Rico for the first time this year and fell in love with the place ... the stunning turquoise sea and beautiful historic city of Old San Juan.
Images from that trip remind me of the overwhelming urge I had while there to live life by really inhabiting my days.
When you walk through Old San Juan every sense is tapped ...
the sights of the colorful buildings, flowers, and waterfront,
the sounds of music pouring from homes, bars, and people playing guitar al fresco,
the smells of dinner wafting from every open home and restaurant.
I was struck by how people are sitting in the evenings on their balconies with their beautiful old wooden doors open to the balmy night, sparkly old chandeliers softly lighting the interiors of their apartments, listening to and participating in the city coming alive.
Every time I look at the images from that trip I'm reminded to live, rather than simply exist.
This black and white photo of a woman (love that) quietly fishing on a peaceful evening from the rustic wooden pier over the water in Old San Juan really captures that vibe ... so serene, so present for the moment.
Cool blue salt water swimming pool sparkling in the sun.
Add a frosty drink and you've got the makings of a perfect day.
Ready for a dip?
New and available in the Beach Bum Chix shop ... beach cottage photo blocks.
Bring salty aired serenity home and add a peaceful beach cottage vibe to any space immediately by freestanding them on a shelf or desk where all their rough textured beauty is visible ... my personal choice.
Beach Bum Chix original beach photography is mounted with a non-toxic, acid-free adhesive onto a rough hewn wooden block that's been painted beach house blue. It's also sealed to add more interesting texture.
Each hand cut block measures 4" square and 1 1/2" deep.
You can do this with your own photos ... I'm going to show you how with a tutorial in an upcoming post ... but, of course, we recommend ordering our's at Beach Bum Chix!
Beach Bum Chix Juno Pier Photography on blueprint paper was featured on BrightNest!
They're a website that helps you keep your home running smoothly with expert advice, seasonal home care tips, and DIY projects. The Beach Bum Chix feature gives you details about how to print your own photo on blueprint paper.
Of course, if you're looking for large beach wall art and you don't have the time to fly to the beach and photograph it, come home and edit the image, and follow all the steps included, you can always order the finished product from the Beach Bum Chix shop. Just a suggestion ...
Love this heart carved into natural stone at Cueva del Indio in Puerto Rico so much I added it to the nature photography section of the Beach Bum Chix shop and called it Love Rocks. I know you will too, especially when you hear the story of this unique place on earth.
This limestone rock near Arecibo is open to hiking although it's a little treacherous with open holes that drop to sea level through jagged rock about 20 to 30 feet, and more, below. In one particular area, intrepid travelers can descend a 25 foot rickety ladder to an ocean weathered cave covered with archeological drawings that date back to ancient times ... all unprotected and open to the public.
It's an amazing place. By resisting all kinds of fear, you'll be rewarded with its beauty. My daughter (she's four and already much smarter than me) and I like to keep a running list of what Love did and did not create ... it's an idea from the book May Cause Miracles that I just finished reading.
We decided on this day that Love definitely created lots of things ...
this heart carved into this stone,
the courage we all needed to climb to the top of this huge jagged rock,
and descend that ladder,
the perfect timing of being there to watch the sun set over the ocean from the top of this ancient place,
and the unbelievable beauty we'll remember for a lifetime,
and the ability to be present and grateful for it.
This is one of the most beautiful and relaxing beaches I have ever seen.
On this day, we parked on the side of a quiet residential road bordered by very modest homes, got out of the car, walked a few steps, and hung our hammock between two palm trees, which faced this amazing ocean view.
The water and sky were so blue it was hard to capture on camera, brilliant sun reflecting off golden beige sand, the perfect combination of all natural colors ... I think that's the way God wants it, so that you have to visit His creations to get the full impact.
I've done my best to translate it into beach photography in the Beach Bum Chix shop that you can bring home and hang on your wall, but I highly recommend visiting Loquillo, Puerto Rico and breathing in the salty aired serenity.