Friday, July 16, 2021

Mornings with Rain

It's still Friday, even if I'm posting late!
I have learned the hard way that I can no longer
burn the midnight oil to get a post up, an age-forced concession.

My inspiration this week is my talented blogging friend Rain
And my amazing friend has just gone live with her new art channel
on You Tube, Rain Frances Art.

Rain and I Are Powerfully Connected to the Bay of Fundy
On the Fundy Shore, New Brunswick side
Maritimes, Canada
Summer 2021
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Rain is the most holistic person I know.
She lives life on her own terms and is devoted to
her true love Alex and her six fur babies.

At the beginning of the pandemic, she and Alex packed up everything,
left the wilds of Quebec, and moved to the wilds of New Brunswick,
just before the border shut down between the provinces.

What doesn't Rain do?  
She gathers wild produce from the forests and fields.
She gardens, even growing potatoes in dirt-filled tires.   
She cooks and bakes delicious food,
including her own scrumptious cheeses from scratch.

She is an avid photographer of nature, documenting everything that connects with her.
She adores and pampers her three cats and three dogs
and features them in gorgeous photos and sweet videos.
She lives for her art and makes time for it every day.
Name a painting or drawing medium and Rain has likely worked with it.

She celebrates life in all its seasons with scrumptious food,
creative decorations, and yummy drinks.
She loves, appreciates, and cherishes her partner Alex.
She reminds me always of Byrd Baylor's profound book,
The Table Where Rich People Sit.
Suffice to say, I've learned so much from my friend Rain.


I've threatened for years to participate in her Thursday Art Dates,
and today I took the plunge with her theme Mornings.
Even I can handle that!
So I'm featuring morning photographs I've taken over a decade or more.
Their only common characteristic is that they were taken in the morning.
Enjoy!


Early Morning Country Market
Just Outside Siem Reap, Cambodia 
November 10, 2008
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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A Quiet Morning by the Serpentine Bridge
(which connects Hyde Park with Kensington Gardens)
London, UK
June 1, 2014
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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The Morning the Storm Continued
Aurora, Colorado, USA
March 14, 2021
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Breakfast at the Pavilion
Queen's Beach
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
March 2, 2015
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Waiting on Nutella Crepes
Portobello Road, London, UK
May 30, 2014
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed
Along Piney Creek
Aurora, Colorado, USA
May 4, 2018
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Morning in Downtown Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Aurora, Colorado, USA
March 29, 2019
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Early Morning Tidal Pool
Point Prim near Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada
July 24, 2018
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Icelandic Ponies 
Iceland 
June 12, 2014
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A Bad Morning in Herculaneum, 79 AD
Sheltering in the Boathouses Didn't Save Them from Vesuvius
Herculaneum, Italy 
May 22, 2016
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Saguaro Cactus
White Tank Regional Park, Arizona USA
December 8, 2018
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Early Morning Deliveries
Venice, Italy 
September 13, 2018
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Not a Morning to Have a Hangover
(I'm sure the pilot and lineman didn't.)
Along Piney Creek
Aurora, Colorado, USA 
September 14, 2019
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Morning Glory
Along Piney Creek
Aurora, Colorado, USA 
October 9, 2020
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Morning Shadows
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Sangre de Cristo Mountains 
Southern Colorado
July 10, 2021
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Morning Freedom After the Pandemic
Circa Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
March 31, 2021
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Wary Mule Deer
Along Piney Creek
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Aurora, Colorado, USA
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Moody Morning in Venice may be my favorite morning photo of all.
It was magical to ride a ferry down the Grand Canal for a stop in St. Mark's Square.
I can't pick a favorite city in the world, but Venice is among my most favorites.

Moody Morning in Venice
Gondoliers rowing on the Grand Canal
looking toward St. Mark's Basin
Venice, Italy
September 13, 2018
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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It's been 97 days since Terry was revived in the cardiac catheterization lab.
This morning he completed heart rehab and is doing really, really well.
Every morning hug the person you love,
because life is fragile and yours can change in a heartbeat.

I hope all is well with each of you!





Till next time ~
Fundy Blue



On the Bay of Fundy
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
All Rights Reserved








26 comments:

  1. Rain is AWESOME, I agree! And I just love your early morning photos, all so eclectic and beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Debra! I had such fun choosing them. I tried hard to work in variety. Have a wonderful weekend with your Rare One! Big hugs to you!

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  2. Hi Louise ☺♥ This post touched my heart, thank you so much. We do have a call to the Fundy Bay that's for sure. Thank you for the sweet words you wrote about me, actually it made me cry. ♥

    Sniff sniff...now to your beautiful photography! You really have traveled so much! Your photos are so wonderful, every one of them. I love the Moody Morning In Venice as well, there's something about water and fog that I just adore. Oh the snow photo, lol...not yet please lol! ;) I love the deer photo and the ones from the casino and Vegas! I'm in the mood for crepes now lol!

    I'm SO happy to hear that Terry is improving daily, what a scare. Hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend, thanks so much for joining in and I hope you do it again!!!

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment, Rain! You inspire me all the time. I'm glad you enjoyed my photos. I'm out of control with more than 115,000 on my computer ~ LOL! I had such fun choosing these. Have a wonderful weekend with Alex and your sweet critters! Hugs to you!

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  3. Lovely morning pictures. The deer with those huge ears--I love them.

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    1. Aren't muleys fun, Jacqui? I've been photographing our neighborhood mule deer for 16 years. I never get tired of seeing them!

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  4. You are a delight from top to bottom. I love that you gave praise to Rain, as I can't think of anyone who deserves it more. Your pictures (you are clearly a well traveled person) are magnificent and I have to agree the Moody Morning in Venice is the best, but the poor none survivors of Vesuvius and the poor lineman on the helicopter gave me pause. I was a cardiac nurse so I know how scary those close calls can be and you are blessed that your Terry survived to live another day with you. I agree we need to appreciate those we love for there are no guarantees that another day will come. It has been my pleasure to spend these few minutes with you, Louise ... and any friend of Rain's is a friend of mine :)

    Andrea @ From the Sol

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment, Andrea. It's nice to meet you! A friend of Rain's is definitely a friend of mine too! I've been following Rain since well before she started her Thursday Art Dates. She continues to amaze and inspire me. Thanks for visiting.

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  5. Hi Louise, glad you joined in Rain's challenge this week, nice to meet you! Rain is indeed a great girl, and I am always surprised at everything she can do, and she does it well. Love our selection of beautiful photos, BIG wow! Have a good weekend, stay safe, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thanks, Valerie-Jael! I don't know how Rain does it all. One of these days I'm going to try making one of her cheeses. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. Have a great weekend!

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  6. ...after reading about Rain this old dude needs to take a nap! Your morning images are amazing and diverse, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Tom! I'm glad you enjoyed my photos. Rain is something! Take care!

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  7. Beautiful morning photos. Rain is indeed very talented.

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    1. Thanks, Christine! I hope you are enjoying this Saturday morning!

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  8. As always, great shots. Although blah to that much snow haha She sure sounds like a great person too.

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    1. Definitely blah to that much snow, Pat. And it just kept coming until after Mother's Day. Have a good one, my friend!

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  9. Welcome to Rains TAD so glad you took the plunge and joined, time doesn't allow me every Thursday but I do when I can. You eye to capture is fantastic, what a bounty you have to share, so many different ways to start off our day.
    Rain sure is a fabulous creative soul, Happy belated TAD Tracey x

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    1. Thanks, Tracey! I'm always battling time too. My little point-and-shoot-Canon is attached to my hand wherever I go. I'm out of control ~ LOL! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  10. Oh, I totally agree, Louise! Rain is awesome. I just adore her. And I couldn't be happier about her YouTube channel. She will do amazing on there. And you know who else is awesome? YOU! Oh now...don't be modest! You are just as incredible. 💖

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    1. Thank you, Martha! Your words certainly made my day (even though the modest side of me is flaring)! Hugs and love to you! btw, I love your Instagram card posts.

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  11. A little off topic but the first girl I ever had a crush on was named Raine. All the way back to kindergarten

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  12. wow, much to see here. :) Love the various animals you share and beautiful landscapes.
    I recognised the Honolulu guy. I have been there and talked to him :) Cool to see the shot.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Monica! I'm glad that you enjoyed my photos. And you've talked to the Honolulu guy ~ Talk about a small world! I've spent many, many happy hours exploring the shore by the Pavilion. There's always a shot. Have a good one!

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  13. Your photos are lovely. I've met so many great people--including you!--through blogging.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thanks, Janie! I'm really glad I met you through blogging! I'm still struggling to get everything working right in my life ~ LOL! Hugs to you and the fur babies!

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