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Photo Project Theme Week 34 – Life at the Beach

Most of us know that spending time outside is so much better for us than staying inside for our physical and mental health. Sunlight and fresh air have restorative benefits that we should take advantage of.  A lot of people love going to the beach or mountains during summer since the kids are out of school.

Parasailing_©2016 Len Bishop

Parasailing was one of the fun things to do at the resort.

My daughter and I spent one week in June in a beautiful resort called Vidanta in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  We spent our days at the beach and the pool. Digging your feet in the sand actually stimulates your nerves.  During the hottest part of the days we just hung out in our room, we also had our own pool in our balcony with ocean view.  The days were also spent trying out an assortment of food from many fancy restaurants. It was a fun experience for both of us.

Just resting

It was a surprise to me that there weren’t a lot of seagulls at the beach.  The majority of the birds I saw were brown pelicans.


Go Away! This is mine.

This seagull seems to be saying “Go away! This is mine!”


What we did that we enjoyed the most was watching the sunset while swimming at the pool.  It was very relaxing.  And the sunsets at Bandera Bay were so beautiful.  The colors were magnificent.

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A restful end of day

Peaceful way to end the day.


Morning traveller_©2016 Len Bishop-2

Throughout the day, a few sailboats and motorboats go by. This was taken from the balcony of my room.


The Adventurer

The waves get high.


Usually, when I take photos of a scene that includes strangers who actually enhance the scene, if possible I make sure that they are not identifiable in my photos.  This is mainly because I myself don’t want to appear in other people’s photos without my permission.  It’s my way of respecting their privacy the same way I want to be respected.

Beach Scene_©2016 Len Bishop-4

Just a few people swimming and watching the sunset. I have observed that there were more people walking along the beach in the morning, mostly runners and joggers. I prefer walks during sunset.


Creating Memories

Whether they’re sisters or best friends . . .  I’m sure they’re making fun memories.

I hope you enjoyed some of the photos that I’ve shared from my beach vacation.  Go out and spend your time outdoors.

Also, check out the store, I have added a few more photos there from my Mexico trip.

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The Benefits of Nature


Reaching up

When I started photographing, I would take photos of anything and everything that caught my attention. But over the years I have noticed that I always end up going back to Landscape and Nature subjects. There seems to be some innate power that pulls me back to it.  To my curiosity, I started reading about Nature and this term called “Biophilia”, a term popularized by Harvard University myrmecologist and conservationist Edward O. Wilson to describe the extent to which humans are hard-wired to need connection with nature and other forms of life.  Wilson’s hypothesis is that our deep affiliations with nature are rooted in our biology.    In my search to learn more about it, I found a great book by author Dr. Les Higgins who wrote  “Claim Your Wildness and Let nature nurture your health and well-being”.  I’m more than halfway with reading the book as of this writing but wow!, I have learned so much.   This book is so good, that actually at first when I downloaded a sample of it from Kindle and started reading it, I couldn’t put it down.  Dr. Higgins’ writing style is so easy to follow.  As someone who loves nature and is benefitting from it, I love to share these with you.


This in itself is a very broad topic that I wish to dedicate a lot of time in studying.   In general, being outside in nature does so much good for our body, mind and soul.  Richard Louv who wrote the book “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder ” and “The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age” reports that nature improves our physical and mental health.  He’s the one that sparked a national debate that spawned an international movement to reconnect kids and nature. He coined the term Nature-Deficit Disorder; influenced national policy; and helped inspire campaigns in over eighty cities, states, and provinces throughout North America.

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