Thursday, July 28, 2011

inspiration workshop: the beach

I'm linking up with Gussy Sews for the Inspiration Workshop this week. The prompt is THE BEACH.

Here in the Carolinas, we are blessed to have beee-youtiful beaches and no matter where in the states you live, you're never more than 5/6 hours from the coast. Here in Charlotte, I'm about 3 hours from the beach and I use my geographic proximity to warrant visiting the beach at least 3 times a year!

Another wonderful thing about the beach here is that we also have the Intracoastal Waterway. Many of the barrier island beaches have the beachfront part AND the back side of the island (that's towards the mainland) that is on the waterway or a tidal creek/sound and it's just as cool as the beach. It has tides just like the ocean and offers the chance to see sea life (crabs, dolphins, pelicans, etc) up close!! I find so much inspiration when I go to the beach. I could spend hours photographing many of the gorgeous beach front homes, beachgoing families or even just the sunrise over the water. When we stay on the waterway I usually go out at high tide to catch a glimpse (and maybe a photo) of the dolphins that follow the fish in with the tides. My absolute favorite thing is looking for the famous Carolina Blue Crab. I caught one of these one year while fishing on the waterway and I just LOVE the colors of the crab. Isn't it such a beautiful color palette?


Here are 2 collages from some of my more recent beach trips to Isle of Palms, SC. 

Are you inspired by the beach? What is the most inspiring part of the beach in your opinion?


  1. I've never been to the Carolina beaches! They look beautiful :D

  2. Oh, I just love the Carolina beaches - although the last time we went was when I was pregnant with my first (she's now 6 1/2, so it's been awhile!). That crab is awesome!

  3. Those beach houses look awesome. I wish we lived closer to the beach.

    And what an interesting crab!

  4. The beach is just so beautiful that in itself is inspiring. I am a midwestern girl and hate snow, so totally envious of those that live near a beach.Stopping by via Gussy :-)

  5. i LOVE the beach. hoping for a little beach time this weekend...hunting for sea glass.

    that crab is SO cool. i have never seen anything like that. i LOVE it.

  6. That crab is really cool! Love the colors. I would love to visit more east coast beaches...beautiful pics!


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