Skywatch Friday: Good Morning, Topsail

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A few sunrises after Christmas found me in my sneakers and on North Topsail Beach taking in the sensuous, breezy splendor of a new day. For this Yankee, the weather was downright mild. I had almost achieved the can't-quite-bend-at-the-elbows level of layering before I stepped out of the house, though. So I unbuttoned, unzipped, and unwrapped--and I felt what I think butterflies must feel when it's time to break out of a cocoon. The free feeling of being stripped down to just three layers was wonderful. For me, there is nothing quite like North Topsail Beach for the peace, the poetry, and the possibilities these bring. It's all downright wonderful.


Skywatch Friday

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  1. The beach sounds wonderful right now as I listen to the Oklahoma wind howl and its 15 deg outside my window right now.

    Great photograph, warms me up. I just need some sand between my toes.

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  2. Absolutely beautiful ;-)
    I don't get to see the sunrise over the ocean ... but I do see the setting sun over the water regularly. Sunrises in my neighborhood can be lovely, but (thanks to Molly) I was greeted Monday with something that stopped me in my tracks for a few minutes because it was unlike anything I'd ever seen before. I shared a sunrise surprise mosaic at Small Reflections today.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  3. Just lovely.. I can breath easier just reading you words and seeing your photo.

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  4. Glorious sunrise here Sandy. I've been missing sunrises lately. Yours here is magnificently taken.

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  5. Beautiful sunrise. Splendid snap.

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  6. Beautiful sunrise and words.

    Happy weekend.

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  7. Wow. Missed it by that much. The sunrises while I was there this time were shrouded in mist and clouds. Still compelling, but not dazzling like this. This must've been the day before I got there, 'cause it was still kinda grim when I hit the beach the first time. But it improved a bunch pretty soon after that. ;)

    I've got a Topsail sky this week too, but it's from last summer.

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  8. Gorgeous capture and lovely words! And I know just how you feel! Same for me!

    Have a great weekend, Sandy!

    Sylvia

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  9. Awesome .. sounds like a magical place

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  10. peace, poetry and possibilities...you are waxing poetic. sounds fun walking on the beach.

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  11. It's hard to beat an ocean sunrise, isn't it? We haven't enjoyed a sunrise on North Topsail, but we have watch the sun rise from other beaches in the Carolinas.

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  12. What a beautiful view - it looks so warm and quiet!

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  13. So beautiful! Nothing like the sun or moon shining on the ocean!

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  14. "Stripped down to just three layers," lol! Wonderful shots. I so know what you are talking about as far as mild weather for Yankees--here I am, from Maine and New Hampshire, laughing at myself when I shiver during this wonderful New Mexican winter weather!

    Thank you for sharing, as always.

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  15. This is a wow photo! I agree with Carolyn that it's hard to beat a beautiful sky/water photo!

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  16. Grand, absolutely grand...lovely colors!

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  17. Wonderful shot and description of Topsail Sandy. I love the beach in the winter.

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  18. Awesome!!!!
    Great Capture.

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  19. A sunrise and a beach, that's all we need :-)

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  20. Beautiful picture.

    Looks a little bit warmer than mine minus 30 degrees celcius.

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  21. A beautiful golden sunrise!

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  22. there is nothing better than a sunrise at the beach ~ beautiful

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  23. Beautiful sunrise, Sandy. And the great thing about winter sunrises is that you don't have to get up early to catch them! It's VERY cold in Britain just now. All our schools are closed on the Isle of Wight, we have no post and no refuse collection services. Am typing this wrapped in a blanket! Hope your mild spell continues but would appreciate a little here too!
    Janice.

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  24. to borrow your word, DOWNRIGHT WONDERFUL, that's how I see this image.

    enjoy the weekend.

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  25. Such a beautiful capture and words. I enjoyed reading it..

    Have a great weekend!

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  26. This is beautiful Sandy! What I wouldn't give to drop a few layers and admire nature a few degrees warmer.

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  27. this is lovely! wonderful shot, Sandy!

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  28. peace, poetry and possibilities...you are waxing poetic. sounds fun walking on the beach.

    Work from home India

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  29. Gorgeous sunset! Looks like a perfect place to sit and relax.

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  30. Anonymous7:17 PM

    You're absolutely right, 'It's all downright wonderful'

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  31. The photo is almost like watching a fire. It warms one within. Your narrative is so promising.

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  32. sandy...a beautiful capture. love the colors:)
    have a fab weekend.

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  33. Welcome back to da beach!


    Aloha, Sandy


    Comfort Spiral

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  34. I can thoroughly agree!

    Have a peaceful and joyful weekend.

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  35. Hi Sandy~
    I can almost put motion to your photo... can 'see' and 'hear' the waves coming in~~~
    ~Maria

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  36. your description was quite clear, i can almost feel the beach. Such beautiful capture you got there. Have a good weekend ahead. My skywatch is up too.

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  37. The photo is magical

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  38. Beautiful shot!

    My Skywatch, have a lovely day!

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  39. Fantastic sunrise with a charming contrast.
    Great picture, Sandy.

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  40. Stunning shot - but most of all, it was your description that was the most beautiful thing!

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  41. Great shot Sandy. I can just see you unfolding like a butterfly.

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  42. What a firey, gold and orange sunrise! It looks like a sunset in its splendor. It is nice to be able to shed some layers of protective clothing in the winter.

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  43. This is an amazing shot! Love the on-fire orange!

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  44. Sandy: What a beauty, I need to see the Sun again. I know it is somewhere behind the clouds.

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  45. A perfect photo of a bit of paradise. I can tell you were enjoying your time there!

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  46. that sky looks so good but it reminded me of what we watched last night, KNOWING.. the burning sun flare =(

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  47. The beach looks like a wonderful place to be right about now! That's a seriously gorgeous sunrise.

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  48. lovely shot!!

    you are very talented!

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  49. That's a beautiful sky.

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  50. That is a beautiful sky!! I have reached that same level of layering at times too. :0)

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