WordPress weekly photo challenge: Illumination

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This week’s WordPress photo challenge is illumination. The first photo that came to mind for this theme is one I took last weekend during our outing at Coronado Beach, in San Diego, California. I found this beautiful chandelier hanging from the ceiling of the large and historical lobby of the Hotel Del Coronado. Gorgeous!

Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Illumination
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Illumination

You can view more of my photos of Coronado Beach from last week here.

When I think of illuminations, I can’t help but remembering the beautiful Christmas lights we saw this past holiday. I posted many Christmas light photos a few weeks ago, but here are a couple of my favorite.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Illumination - Penguin Christmas lights
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Illumination – Penguin Christmas lights
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Illumination - Christmas lights
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Illumination – Christmas lights

Enjoying the Pacific Ocean at Coronado Beach

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I apologize if you’ve seen some of these photos in a previous post, but I want to add one to the lot and keep them all together in one post about our San Diego beaches. My next post will probably feature more frost photos so I need images of the beach to keep my bones warm a little longer.

Last weekend, I did something I haven’t done in a very long time: go to the beach with my kids. I live less than 30 minutes away from it and I don’t go very often. Why? Mostly because of the sand. It gets everywhere, especially with kids! Between your toes, in your clothes, your hair, your mouth, argh… But we’ve been talking of going to look at tide pools for months, and the winter’s low tides occur more often at times when we’re awake. Coronado Beach, just across from downtown San Diego is my favorite beach in town and it deserves its “best beach in the USA” status.

Unfortunately, we didn’t see many tide pools there but I’m planning to go to another beach soon for that. Instead, we spent the morning enjoying the ocean breeze (I love that iodine smell!), looking for shells and writing in the sand. The weather was beautiful and Coronado beach looked like this (remember to click on each image for a larger view):

Coronado Beach, San Diego, California
Coronado Beach, San Diego, California

The waves were a decent size and quite noisy. The boys loved to look at them and I enjoyed taking pictures of the big rolls coming in. Look how pretty!

Beautiful waves at Coronado Beach, San Diego, California
Beautiful waves at Coronado Beach, San Diego, California

The day was perfect to take the sailboats out and they were lined up coming out of the San Diego Bay by Point Loma.

Sailboats out of the San Diego Bay
Sailboats out of the San Diego Bay

After our walk on the beach, we went back to the sidewalk to walk to the Hotel Del Coronado (I love that place!). On our way, I snapped this picture showing the mild weather you can find by the beach in San Diego. A perfect January day!

Pacific ocean in the background, Coronado, California
Pacific ocean in the background, Coronado, California

Sunday Post: Goals

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Today I’m participating in Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post photo challenge. This week’s theme is Goals. I’m purposely not having new year’s resolutions for 2013, but rather “intentions” and a to-do list to make these intentions happen.

Earlier today, I hosted a “vision board” party for about 20 friends at my house. We all got together and organized our thoughts, intentions and goals for 2013 to create our individual vision boards. I have to say it was a very cleansing process and I’m very glad to have completed my 2013 board, which will now be a daily reminder of what is important for me to accomplish this year.

One of the sections I included on my board is titled “Be more creative and artistic”. I have been putting this goal on the back burner for way too long, only for it to itch constantly. I addressed part of it last year by creating this new photography website, but there’s still a lot more to do, like the items on this list:

Sunday post: Goals - 2013 vision board - be more creative
Sunday post: Goals – 2013 vision board – be more creative

Besides taking pictures on a regular basis, I want to spend more time drawing. I got a Bamboo Create graphics tablet for Christmas and I want to make sure to dedicate time every day to draw with it, or even just on paper.

Of course, when it comes to photos, I want to capture new sights several times a week but also update my Facebook page and my Pinterest page, which is pretty much blank right now, and add new photo products to my Zazzle store.

My goal is to take more beautiful photos like the ones I took this first weekend of January at Coronado Beach, in San Diego, California, for everyone to enjoy. I find the Pacific ocean very inspiring new it comes to making new goals for the year.

Here are a few photos of Coronado Beach, named the #1 beach in the USA for a lot of very good reasons. You can click on each photo to see a larger view.

Sunday Post: Goals - Beautiful waves at Coronado Beach, San Diego, California
Beautiful waves at Coronado Beach,Sunday Post: Goals – Beautiful waves at Coronado Beach, San Diego, CaliforniaSan Diego, California
Sunday Post: Goals - Pacific ocean in the background, Coronado, California
Sunday Post: Goals – Pacific ocean in the background, Coronado, California, California