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Santa’s House on The Boardwalk – #Christmas #ChristmasSpirit

I took these pictures of Santa’s House on the Rehoboth, Delaware boardwalk, where children visit Santa every weekend from Thanksgiving ’til Christmas. My three-year old grandson is just beginning to grasp the concept of Santa Claus, especially the part about him bringing toys to good children, and his excitement has filled me with Christmas spirit. There’s nothing like having a small child around to better appreciate the holidays.

Merry Christmas!

Halloween Trick or Tree–t! #Halloween #photography

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Saw this weird, spooky tree and thought of Halloween when I took this picture.

Have a fun day!

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Boardwalk Bandstand by Adele Downs #photography

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Storm Approach by Adele Downs #photography

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It’s my birthday and I’m taking the day off

Today is my birthday, so I’m taking the day off to have lunch with a good friend, see the movie “The Mountain Between Us” with Idris Elba and Kate Winslet (and damn the Rotten Tomatoes 45% rating), and then go out to dinner with my family. A fun day will take the edge off growing older.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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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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Boardwalk Artist by Adele Downs #photography

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Rock Wall by Adele Downs #photography

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Tropical Flowers by Adele Downs #photography

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Waterfall by Adele Downs #photography

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Rapunzel’s Tower by Adele Downs #photography

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This spectacular tower is situated inside Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA and the curved stairs inside can be climbed. The gardens were built by the late Pierre DuPont in the early 20th century.

Water Lillies by Adele Downs #photography

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#Words WTH? Why We Need Editors – #photography by Adele Downs

This is why we need editors–to avoid expensive and embarrassing spelling errors. See the mistake?

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Colonial Log House Celebrates Independence Day

Happy Independence Day, America!

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This circa 1700 Colonial era log house, still preserved today in Downingtown, Pennsylvania by the Historical Commission, is open to visitors on July Fourth each year during the Good Neighbor Day holiday celebration.

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Livin’ For The Weekend by Adele Downs #photography

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Beach Retirement by Adele Downs #photography

I think this might be my favorite picture, ever.

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#Words WTH? Reading While Driving – Photo by Adele Downs

I love to read as much as the next person–and maybe more. But I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw this guy READING A PAPERBACK BOOK in the lane next to my husband and me while he was DRIVING! Hopefully, he didn’t kill anyone on the way to wherever he was going. The library, maybe?

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Clouds Over The Bay by Adele Downs #photography

I snapped this photo of these amazing clouds, covering the sky as far as I could see, with my iPhone7, while sipping a margarita on the porch of my little summer house on the bay. I’m so glad I tilted my head back and looked up! One never knows when something special will appear.

Cloud photo is unretouched and shown exactly as nature intended.

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Beach Day by Adele Downs #photography

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Mornings By The Bay: Birds and Water Fowl

This morning I watched a robin hop around our yard with a worm in its beak before it flew into a bush to feed its chicks. Birds seem to be everywhere at the beach and on the bay, co-existing with us humans and sharing the water, sun and sand.

This mama bird protects her nest high above a Delaware boardwalk beside the Atlantic Ocean. I needed my telephoto lens to capture this shot.

On the dock by our summer home just before twilight, this seagull sentry attempted to keep me from approaching the rest of the flock. I respected his wishes and kept my distance, though I took advantage of his pose with my Fuji digital camera.

As the sun went down, seagulls gathered on the next dock, and ducks and geese joined the party.

The seagulls have the beach to themselves during the off season.

Photos are unretouched. Shown exactly as nature intended.

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Ribbons at Sunrise by Adele Downs #photography

Sunrise photo is shown exactly as nature intended.

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