Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer

This was an easy challenge, considering I live in Virginia Beach, a pretty hopping place in the summer. Memorial Day weekend seems to start it all.  This first picture is what Virginia Beach’s Oceanfront looks like all summer:

Oceanfront at Virginia Beach

This next photograph was taken by my father in the mid fifties.  It’s grainy, but it’s one of my favorites and makes me think back to those times every summer when we’d drive from Connecticut to Ohio to visit my grandparents.  Going to the swimming pool with my cousins was an activity I relished.  I am the little girl sharing my ice cream with my youngest cousin. My brother is next to me.

This weekend we took a long walk on the Boardwalk at the Oceanfront and my brother tried out his new camera.  Using his amazing telephoto lens, he was able to capture two great pictures:

Dolphins are a common sight at the Oceanfront.

And, finally, the best reminder of summer is this picture taken when my brother accidentally clicked the shutter while he was adjusting the lens.  At least, that’s what he told my sister-in-law.  Thanks, Brother, for providing me with the best shot for this week’s photo challenge!

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About Coming East

I am a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother who thinks you're never too old until you're dead. My inspiration is Grandma Moses who became a successful artist in her late 70's. If I don't do something pretty soon, though, I'll have to find someone older for inspiration.
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33 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer

  1. Ugh – makes me wonder if my backside is gracing someone else’s blog somewhere! Oh the horror!

  2. Leah says:

    I love the photo of you as a kid! Too cute!

  3. A picture is worth a thousand words. You have captured summer beautifully!

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  7. Lenore Diane says:

    I love the old picture you shared. What a nice shot. A lovely collection. I wish my butt looked like her butt. (smile)

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  9. The Guat says:

    As always your photos rock. The black and white one is my favorite. I love it! Reminds me of going to the community pool back in the day.

    • Coming East says:

      Thanks for your sweet comment, Guat. Wish my father’s picture was clearer, but it was such old film to begin with, and then it was scanned and my father saved it in bitmap, and by the time I changed it to jpeg, it was pretty bad. But I still love it because of what it reminds me of, too.

  10. This photos are amazing. From the beautiful beach, to the wonderful nostalgic past, to the exciting dolphin show and yes, the best shot of the post. We all have our Summer swimwear stories. Mine, trying to tuck my tummy whenever I need to be shirtless. Fortunately, it only last for a few minutes, afterwards I forget about me and simply surrender to the fun and happy events of Summer. Thanks for sharing.

    • Coming East says:

      Thanks, Traveler. Yes, I dread pulling out the swimsuit and trying to remember to suck in my gut. It gets harder and harder to do every year. I love that surfer shot, too. We watched the pod of four while they were frolicking and fishing and wondered what they or the surfer would do when they got near each other. They pretty much ignored each other, though the surfer had sat on her board and watched for a few minutes before she went back to surfing.

  11. Wow! The picture of the surfer is amazing, the “rear” view is most likely a screen saver today…lol! Glad you ha such a lovely weekend.

    • Coming East says:

      Yes, my brother’s “lucky” shot was quite comical. We were probably a quarter mile away from that surfer, but my brother’s new camera is amazing. It has a 42X zoom. I think hubby and I are going to save our pennies and buy ourselves one for a Christmas present this year.

  12. Ha, ha, ha…that’s quite the accidental shot. Looks beautiful in Virgina Beach. I really, really, really want to live near the beach. It’s my dream. Love your older photo!

  13. pattisj says:

    Haha–on the last photo. The inhabited beach surely signals summer. I thought a picture of traffic backed up for miles from the tunnel would also be a good sign of summer–but I wasn’t going out to get that shot! lol

    • Coming East says:

      Yes, Patti, traffic in Virginia Beach—or more traffic, I should say–certainly does signal summer. I think you’ve just given me today’s blog topic. Now I need to go write it. Thanks.

  14. Love the snaps of VABeach. We lived in Norfolk the first 18 months of marriage. We were in VA Beach right before Thanksgiving this past year, it has changed quite a bit, the Christmas decorations were up and we were able to watch the people and cars drive down the boardwalk taking in the decorations. Great photo. Especially love the childhood one. I need to learn how to do photos! DAF

    • Coming East says:

      Thanks, DAF. Do you mean you need to learn how to insert photos into your posts? I think you can look that up on the WordPress Home page.

      • Each time I post a picture I have lost more than half of my post. I have gotten three messages from the Word Press site about posting photos 1,2, and today 3. Want to read and study this and then go on to post photos with my posts. Just need to stir up my confidence and remind myself I have opposable thumbs and therefore am smarter than the computer!

      • Coming East says:

        Ha-ha, DAF. We should be smarter than a computer, but sometimes they get the best of us. Good luck.

  15. Mark says:

    What a great weekend we had with you guys! Thanks. As for my new camera – guess it has a mind of its own… We figured the surfer was at least a quarter of a mile away.

  16. Love the “current” beach scenes – although I live a mile from the beach, it actually reminds me of the Jersey shore (no, NOT the Snooki & Situation one) where I spent time as a child. We do not have “boardwalks” in Maine. I miss being able to “stroll the boards” and people watch. The photo from childhood is the sweetest ever – such a loving and caring soul you were/are!

    • Coming East says:

      Thanks, Carol. I’ve never been to the Jersey Shore, but I’ve been to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, and they have a real board boardwalk. Our boardwalk is concrete, but we love walking along it. It is two and a quarter miles long.

  17. This reminds me of Cocoa Beach where I went to high school. We only had to go down our street, make a left and drive a mile up the causeway to park and reach the beach. My younger brother worked at Ron Jon Surf Shop when it was just a store front. Now it’s huge with branches everywhere. They probably have one in Va Beach.

    • Coming East says:

      I’ll have to see if we have that surf shop here, Georgette. My friends just moved to Cocoa Beach. They will winter there, and spend their summers in Connecticut. Mthen are the ones whose daughter just got married. We live three miles from the Oceanfront. Sometimes I have to pinch myself that I really do live here.

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