Monday, January 30, 2012

The Camera Is My Friend

I have been wanting a new camera for awhile, and this weekend my husband bought me one.  The zoom-in lens is amazing on it.  Our family took a little trip to Encinitas, and I thought "what better way to test my camera out than a trip to the Pacific Ocean?"

Surfers trying to catch the perfect wave.

Browsing through all the shops in town.

This Starbucks is one of the most charming ones I've been to.

These signs caught my eye.

We love Bob Marley.  Aren't these skateboards cool?

"Don't gain the world and lose your soul,
Wisdom is better than silver or gold."
~Bob Marley

My favorite shop in Encinitas.

A great day in Encinitas.  I love my camera, and now I can have fun with this wonderful hobby of mine.

Have a good week, my friends.



Filipa said...

what camera did you bought? the photos are incredibly beautiful!! :)


I LOVE the ocean. Water is so much bluer in the Pacific than the Atlantic. On the East Coast it's more greenish blue. Probably something to do with the depth? Your hubby is a good guy. Congratulations. You certainly gave your new camera quite a workout. GREAT photos. ENJOY! I got one for Christmas and I haven't opened it yet. But since seeing your post I'm inspired. Once upon a time I got paid to take photos for a local paper. But with the invention of the cellphone, I got lazy using it to take all my pictures.

Cami said...

WOW. Gorgeous photos!!! What kind of camera?? And what kind of zoom? The colors are so vivid - so beautiful :)

<3-Cami from First Day of My Life

Special 'K' said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely images. I hope you day turned out as well the new camera. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

t said...

Nice pics!

Kim @ Bluebirds and Butterflies said...

Hi Sheri,
I know you are going to LOVE your new camera. What beautiful photos you took! Having lived in a small beachtown in Florida when I was growing up, I really love the beach. There is nothing more soothing that the sound of waves lapping against the shore...or the sound that you hear when you put a seashell up to your ear. I love the photos of the surfers. My husband used to surf when we were young. The shops you photographed look interesting. I would love to browse in them! Enjoy you camera. What a great gift! xoxo Kim

It's me said...

Great pictures Sheri !! have a nice

magie said...

Stunning the ones of the beach. Such a pretty wedding dress in the shop window. Have a fun time snapping away with your new camera :)

Antee Gurung said...

the cam must be amazing cause the pics are grt quality!!! where is this?? so beautiful!!! I live in a landlocked country so, i love the seas and the ocean!!! lucky u!!
I like ur blog, how abt we follow each other?let me know

Deborah said...

Sheri I'm thrilled for you...yeah for getting a new camera!
Love the beauty of your ocean pcs and the shops look marvelous!
That is a sweet Starbucks for sure!
Glad you had such fun!
I know you wont be able to put that camera down, and I can't wait to see all your shots!
Love to you!

Deborah xoxoxoox

Rustic Vintage Country said...

No stopping you now, fab photos! I will ask what you've already been asked....what type of camera and what type of zoom isn't as good as yours. Suzy x

Becky~ said...

Gorgeous photos Sheri!Im wishing for a new one sometime,not to sure when though.Im fixing up the house first lol.

♥ Miss Tea said...

Wohoo! congrats on your new camera! you took great shots! very clear and beautiful! i love the magical child sign too! soulscape sounds like a lovely shop!

xx susan

oldthings said...

Dear Sheri
Your photos are wonderful!Lovely your husband's present !!Please take many photos to share with us !!
Have a nice week

Mary said...

Your photo's are great!

Patty Patterson said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures! What kind of camera did you get?

Patty Patterson said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures! What kind of camera did you get?

georgia~gigi said...

Hey Girls :)
Oh, how wonderful your hubby got u a new camera! Photography is such a fun hobby!
Your pics are great!!!
I would love to pop over to that Starbucks! It does look pretty inviting! I LOVE Starbucks, but I have to drive about 45 mins to get to one, ugh!
Lots of love
gi gi

From The Heart said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures.
What kind of new camera? Whatever it is, the photos are great! I especially like the one of the gulls flying.
have a great day and keep shooting and sharing!

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Hi, just a quick note to let you know I have nominated your blog for the versatile blogger award, for full details check out my blog! Suzy x

karen - Simply Inspired said...

Soulscape is one of my favorite shops... we have tread the same footsteps my friend. wonderful photos!

Pink Tree Studio said...

Yes~~we all want to know what kind of camera your sweet hubby gave you! You're a very lucky lady :~)

Your photos are beautiful and bring back memories! I lived in Torrance for forty years, just a mile up a hill from the beach!

One of my friends from college lived in Encinitas and I used to take Amtrak down to Del Mar and visit her, way back in the 1970s :~)

Anonymous said...

Nice pictures, Sheri. You know I'm a huge fan of the ocean. :)

Antee Gurung said...

hey thnx for stopping by!!! i just followed u..hope u will follow back!!!

C'est moi Claudette said...

Well wouldn't ya know that question would come up Miss Sheri??? lol.
Oh course we want to know.
I have a very expensive camera, three lenses blah blah blah. Problem is I don't know how to use it. I'm a point and shoot on auto kind of girl!!! My new iPhone Randy bought me takes the best pictures ever. Who needs fancy swanky cameras??
LOVE all your CA. pics. You lucky duck.
It's snowing here and only 16, yeah 16 brrrrrrr.
Randy and I are looking for some sun in Feb. I can't find anything that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
Capture some of that sunshine for me would you my friend??

Marco C. said...

that's encinitas? very nice waves!!

Melissa F said...

What beautiful pictures! I'm so glad you got a nice camera!

Cheryl said...

Sheri, those photos are beautiful, lucky, lucky you to get a new camera and lucky us cause now we get to share too!!!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Hang Loose!
Great Pictures!
So happy you got a new camera to play with. Love all the pics-

My cousin just happens to be a pro surfer (Sage Erickson)

You really made me miss the beach and Starbucks, I could really use a coffee right about now, and a sandy beach. :)

Ginger Zuck said...

Oh Sheri, what fun and satisfaction! Beautiful shots, wonderful husband, great trip, and a unique Starbucks!! What more can you ask for?? I'm so jealous, not really, but I am so happy for you. Cannot wait to see more of that awesome camera and your favorite hobby!

Estefanía J. said...

So cutes pics dear!!! So amazing!!! Thanks for sharing us :)

If you like my blog and you feel like drinking a sip of ABSOstyle with me, we could followed each other by GFC or wherever you prefer… :) I’ll be waiting for you!!!

Estefanía J. ABSOstyle

koralee said...

I know you will have oodles of fun with that new camera of yours...yahooooo! Happy February.xox

Teresa said...

So Lovely and Beautiful!
Thank you for sharing the world through your new lenses :love:

Watch out - it can become an adition when we finnaly we have a machine that makes everything prettier. My daughter says from home to the car I can take 10 pictures ahahahahah.

Digital is really a wonder isn't it? Remember when you had to "save" film for something that could deserve those last pics :)


Daniella said...

Continue to enjoy your new friend!!

Lynn said...

Congrats on the new camera, Sherri. Your photos came out great. And how lucky you are to live in such a wonderful part of the country! I'm jealous! I bought my sister's Canon Rebel when she upgraded but I haven't spent any time learning how to use it yet. I must get on it! Oh, and I'm having my first ever Choose Joy Giveaway at Cottage and Creek. I love for you to stop by and enter to win! Have a great night.

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

There's nothing quite like a new camera to give you a new lease on life!! The captures are sooo good, Sheri! Are they all SOOC, or did you edit them? At this time of year , with cold grey days in the east, and no snow to liven things up, I do have a little bit of "California Dreaming" going on! Looks like a great family day!

Happyone said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving the kind words. : )
I enjoyed looking at all your beautiful photos.
I'll will be back for sure to see more of them!

Kristin said...

Dear Sheri, your photos are just stunning. I love the beach ones!!! So beautiful! Congratulations with your new camera! Can't wait to see more! Thanks for such a sweet comment on my London photos. Yes, I really would want to go back any time. I love that place.
Have a lovely day!


Nella said...

Dear Sheri, thank you for the lovely note and your visit. I am so happy you found me, I just started blogging last July, a few short months, compared to most. I will be sure to check in often, your blog is lovely and good to see what is happening in sunny California!...N.xoxo

janice15 said...

I love your pictures. They are wonderful. I so want a camera period other than my lousy phone..Nice to have a hubby whos loving and kind. Have a great weekend too...with love Janice

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh precious soul,

I am from California, but I am not sure where Encinitas is. I grew up in Los Angeles and went to Santa Monica Beach a lot, but this sounds like a LOVELY PLACE! And just yesterday Ruben and I were talking about spending our 30th anniversary back in CARMEL CALIFORNIA, where we went on our honeymoon!

OH YOUR DAUGHTER GOT THE BOX!!!!!! Oh dear one, I SO HOPE YOU LIKE IT!!!! It has YOUR hummingbird on it. LOVE TO YOU and enjoy it A BUNCH! THANKS TO YOU! Anita

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Sheri, Looks like you took the perfect pics with your new camera. It takes really great pics, but the photographer behind the camera does an amazing job too!!

Blessings, Celestina Marie

Ava said...

Love these photo's ! Great shots ! Enjoy that new camera xx

Anne said...

Love your photos!! Thank you for taking so many of the ocean, I miss living near the ocean so much...

Thank you for popping by my blog & leaving such sweet comments. I'm following you back Sherry Anne with an 'e' :) (love that about you btw!)


Anonymous said...

Sheri, these are gorgeous photos! Oh how I love the sea! The town looks charming. Boy are you going to have fun with your new camera! Can't wait to see all the beauty that you will capture in the coming months. Of course you and your girls already share so much beauty here at Red Rose Alley. I just love your blog and wanted to tell you how much I enjoy my visits.



stephanie said...


Beautiful photos. I so wish our Starbucks looked like the one you photographed....Thanks for sharing such wonderful images...

Barefoot in Blue Jeans said...

Sheri, I love the pictures! They're so vivid and clear. Will you let me know what kind of camera it is? You can email me at or just comment on my blog. Thanks.