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Rainbow Over The Coronavirus #AmWriting #WritersLife #WritersCommunity #Coronavirus #Covid19 #BeachLife

Like many people, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by the Coronavirus2020 pandemic and the need for self isolation. A few days ago, despite the rain, I decided to get out of the house and away from the news to take a ride to a popular bay side beach. Even though the beaches are closed on both the bay and the ocean sides of Delaware, seeing the sand and water can make me feel better about almost anything. (Plus, there’s a takeout ice cream store nearby, which makes a beach visit especially worthwhile.)

I sat alone in my car in the rain, enjoying my chocolate cone with chocolate sprinkles, with my eye on the bay through the windshield, when, suddenly, the rain stopped and the sun came out so fast it was like somebody hit a light switch. Just as fast, a rainbow formed in the distance. I grabbed my iPhone, jumped out of my car, and shot this picture seconds before the rainbow disappeared behind more cloud cover. If you look closely at the horizon, you just might see the arch.

Can’t see the rainbow?

I’ve highlighted the photo below.

I know these aren’t great pictures, but my photography skills, or lack of them, aren’t the point of this post. I’m a romance author, after all. Something beautiful and unexpected had occurred in the midst of a storm, during the worst health care crisis our country has known in my lifetime, and if I hadn’t paid attention, I would have missed it. The moment seemed like a metaphor for something I needed to learn.  Despite the wildly obvious cliches about rainbows and ice cream cones, I felt better.

My mood lifted, and on the drive home I became hopeful that our country and the world will heal from this virus, maybe sooner than we know. The sun will shine again. Our lives will return to normal, or a new normal. I thought about changes I can make to improve my own life post-Coronavirus, and how to implement them. When that happens, chocolate ice cream with chocolate sprinkles at the beach will taste better than ever.

~Best, Adele

Winter At The Beach by Adele Downs #photography #beachlife #writerslife #authorslife

It’s winter here at the beach, but spring is in the air. Punxsutawney Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog from the town of the same name, predicts when spring will arrive based on whether or not he sees his shadow on Groundhog Day, February 2.

Phil predicted an early spring for 2020, and I believe him. My daffodils and crocus are already out of the ground.

Thanks, Phil!

Photo copyright Adele Downs 2020

January Beach by Adele Downs #photography #beachlife #writerslife #authorslife

It’s winter at the beach. I live in the southernmost part of Delaware, where the weather is generally milder than neighboring states to the north, but not as warm as those in the US Deep South. It’s 46 degrees here, and dreary, and though the ocean and our beaches are ever present, they seem just out of reach. The best we can do is walk along the shoreline and breathe its briny scent while we wait for spring sunshine and the heat of summer.

Photo copyright Adele Downs 2020

Gull Gang by Adele Downs #photography @Adele_Downs #beachlife #writerslife

Some of us will never give up the beach, no matter the season.

Photos copyright Adele Downs 2019

Shell Hunters by Adele Downs #photography @Adele_Downs #beachlife #writerslife

A grandmother and child hunt for shells on the beach as fall arrives.

Photo copyright Adele Downs 2019

Beach Pal by Adele Downs #photography @Adele_Downs #beachlife #writerslife

This little guy sat next to my chair on the beach for four hours. LOL. My new friend.

Photos copyright Adele Downs 2019

Spring Beach 2019 by Adele Downs #photography @Adele_Downs #beachlife #writerslife

May and early June is the most relaxing and enjoyable time for me to visit the beach. The temperatures are moderate and the crush crowds of summer haven’t yet arrived.

Photo copyright Adele Downs 2019

Vibrant Orchids by Adele Downs #photography @Adele_Downs

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Orchids are one of the most beautiful and sensual flowers in the world. Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square, Pennsylvania offers a spectacular display of orchids, year round.

Photo copyright Adele Downs

Fall Sunset by Adele Downs #photography @Adele_Downs

Sunset over the bay, Fall 2018, Delaware.

Except for my signature, these photos are unaltered. Nature doesn’t need artificial colors.

Photos copyright Adele Downs 2018.

Beach Before Dusk by Adele Downs #photography @Adele_Downs

In the off season, the beach is often deserted in the late afternoon before dusk. I sometimes sit in my convertible and read a book or eat a simple meal while enjoying the scent of the salt air and the feel of the breezes on my skin. And sometimes I take pictures, like this one, from the driver’s seat of my car.

Except for my signature, this photo is unaltered.

Photo copyright Adele Downs 2018.

October Beach by Adele Downs #photography @Adele_Downs

I finished the final draft of a new novel, then took a walk on the beach, imagining my love was with me.

Except for my signature, this photo is unaltered.

Photo copyright Adele Downs 2018.

Flamingos in Maryland by Adele Downs #photography @Adele_Downs

Flamingos in Maryland? Yes, at the Salisbury Zoo. I had no idea these creatures were so noisy! They sounded like a flock of honking geese.

The colors in this photograph are unaltered and exactly as they appeared through my camera lens.

Photo copyright Adele Downs 2018.

October Beach Day by Adele Downs #photography @Adele_Downs

On the beach on a warm October 2 afternoon, after a morning of writing. Yes, I’m writing again!

Photo copyright Adele Downs 2018.

Alone On The Bay by Adele Downs #photography

The summertime beach crowds are gone and I had the waterfront park on the bay all to myself while I read in the shade for a few lovely hours.

Photo copyright Adele Downs 2018.

Early Morning Walk by Adele Downs #photography

Early morning walk along the beach in Delaware.

Except for my signature, this photo is unaltered.

Photo copyright Adele Downs 2018.

Beach Chairs On The Bay by Adele Downs #photography

Except for my signature, this photo is unaltered.

Photo copyright Adele Downs 2018.

Alone At The Beach by Adele Downs #photography

Except for my signature, this photo is unaltered.

Photo copyright Adele Downs 2018.

It’s Freezing Cold, Dark, and Gloomy #HappyNewYear2018 #NewYear

It’s dangerously cold here on the U.S. Mid-Atlantic coast, and even the beach looks dark and gloomy this holiday weekend. Polar Bear Plunge fundraising swims have been cancelled in several beach communities due to concerns about public safety, and a news story reported that sharks are freezing in the frigid waters. I’m blowing the dust off my treadmill to exercise inside, since it’s waaaay too cold to take a walk on the boardwalk or around the park.

I’ll spend New Year’s Eve with Netflix, a cozy fire in the fireplace, and a glass of wine. Have I mentioned that I hate winter?

Stay warm, everyone! Happy New Year! Wishing you the best in 2018.

Photo copyright Adele Downs, 2017.

Boardwalk Bandstand by Adele Downs #photography

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Storm Approach by Adele Downs #photography

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Orange Pop by Adele Downs #photography

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Repose by Adele Downs #photography

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Mornings By The Bay: #HurricaneJose2017, Donating Royalties to #AmericanRedCross

(Photo: Hours before Hurricane Jose moved along the Mid-Atlantic U.S. east coast.)

My husband and I decided to spend most of September at the beach to squeeze out every last ray of summer sunshine, and to finish the DIY bathroom remodel from hell. (More about that later.) For days the weather forecasters told us not to be concerned about Hurricane Jose’s path toward the Delaware peninsula; the storm would probably blow out to sea before it reached us. Because of these forecasts, we decided to stay in our Delaware house on the bay instead of returning home to Pennsylvania when Hurricane Jose moved up the east coast. Then the path changed and New Jersey, New York, and New England became targets of the hurricane, though Delaware would experience high winds and torrential rain. We’d ridden out tropical storms in the past without incident, and remained cautiously optimistic as we headed to the store for supplies.

It seemed as if everyone in town went shopping at once, because the stores were mobbed, and people were stocking up on food and cases of bottled water. We filled our Jeep’s gas tank to enable us to flee at a moment’s notice if Mother Nature changed direction and turned against us. We also expected another gas price hike after the hurricane blew by. Afterward, I made a trip to my favorite bookstore to buy a paperback and a magazine in case of a power outage. Then the weather forecast changed again, and the conditions for Delaware were expected to improve, with the exception of some beach erosion and areas of coastal flooding. We were relieved we wouldn’t live to regret our decision to remain in our house.

As it turned out, we were very lucky, because the Category 1 hurricane that brushed our peninsula from 200 miles offshore remained the weakest of the summer storms. When I think about the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the impact of Jose on states further north, and Maria’s destruction to our neighbors to the south, I’m thankful we were spared. I’m sending prayers and all possible good wishes to those negatively affected by the Hurricanes of 2017.

P.S. I will donate 100% of my royalties for my western romance KISSING HER COWBOY, set in Houston, Texas to the American Red Cross when you purchase the book between now and October 31. This is one of my most popular stories and was an Amazon Top 100 seller in three categories. Since the book costs only .99 and my portion of the sale is much smaller than a dollar, I will match every royalty I receive from my publisher in my quarterly check with a personal donation. You get the book for entertainment and the proceeds go to charity. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Here are the links to buy KISSING HER COWBOY.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HSFV2UC/

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/396388

Boroughs Publishing Group http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/kissing-her-cowboy 

Lilly Plates by Adele Downs #photography

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Cooling Fountains by Adele Downs #photography

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