Friday, July 13, 2012

A Day At The Beach

People think that the desert gets hot in the summer, but I have to admit, it gets pretty nasty in the Great Lakes region as well.  The humidity is of course the factor.  The saving grace about my hometown?  Lake Michigan.  A lot of people don't have air conditioning in their homes, but many of us can head out to the beach which is 20 degrees cooler!!!  It's amazing how cool it gets along the shoreline.
So the family went out and spent the day at the beach.  All of my nephews and nieces ran up and down the beach while the adults sipped on cool refreshments making sure the kids didn't kill themselves. 
And that's no easy feat!  Our family is large.  I can barely remember all their names sometimes.  As I write this particular post tonight, my youngest sister gave birth to a little baby boy at 6:10 PM!  Pretty exciting.  Welcome William!!!  She was VERY round when we went to visit. 
I have 12 nephews and nieces now.  Oh and someday they will have will I keep track of them all?
Two Rivers is a beautiful little town during the summer and fall months.  I absolutely LOVE Wisconsin during the fall. 
Okay,  I couldn't help it.  I laughed so hard.  There were some Indian tourists visiting and it was like this major photo shoot on the beach.  Then these guys walked behind this fellow and I had to snap a pic.  The two of us were both going to town with our cameras and my sister had a good laugh.
But here's the important part of this post today.  These kids will grow up quickly and each moment is so important to capture on film. I've already gone through one generation of Mexican nieces.  They are nearly 20 years old!!!  I remember when I was their age now and discovering Mexico for the first time!!  When did they grow up??!!!  I have pics of them when they were little....and now one of them is a mother!!!  I'm hoping to get to Mexico in October.  It will be good to catch up with the "other" family.
And of course while all of this was going on, a swallowtail was puddling along the beach.  My family laughed and said, "So you got your required wildlife shot in there:)"  My birder friends probably wonder where the seagull shots are......well I have to admit something to you all.  I think seagulls are cool birds to see fly around but I grew up with them and they really don't do anything for me.  I try to include them in pictures when I the one below, but you won't find me blogging about them too much:)
There's the seagull right there.  They're considered the cockroaches of our city. Look at this bird eye up the patch of clothes left on the beach.  This bird grabbed something here and took off.  I watched it all happen. Hopefully it wasn't anything important.   They are very clever birds and what I'd like to call opportunistic.  This bird is symbol of my town.  We are also home to the Ice Cream Sundae.
My sister is helping Kellan out.  Absolutely adorable kid!
And then there's this little guy below!!!  Look at that goober in the sunglasses!  That's Liam and he's discovered his reflection in Mom's sunglasses.  I had a good laugh watching him giggle and make faces at himself.
It was a nice break from the heat and humidity.  There are times that I wish Tucson had something like this close by for an escape.  The closest we have is Mt. Lemmon and that's about an hour away:) I have finished summer school and will have 3 more weeks of vacation which means I'll be able to hit the trails again!!! I have more hummingbirds to find:)  More tomorrow...


  1. Lovely shots Chris....i like these portraits.

    wish you a nice Friday,

    Greetings, Joop

  2. You have a big family and the little ones are all cuties. I am everyone that live near the lake enjoys the beaches there in the summer months. But isn't it really cold there in the winter? Love the pretty swallowtail and I agree with you about the gulls. Great photos, looks like a fun family time. Have a great weekend!

    1. It's kind of a joke:) The locals, and they are correct, say that the lake keeps them a few degrees warmer than the other counties because they stick into Lake Michigan more. So while most counties of Wisconsin will get snow, my hometown will get slush or rain. However, we also have another thing known as "Lake Effect" which will take a storm that passed the city inside of Lake Michigan and throw it back onto the it twice the precipitation. It's actually a strange little microclimate we have going there. I took so much for granted as a kid.

  3. Lovely photos of your family Chris - the last one is brilliant :) The butterfly is pretty too. So glad to hear you have 3 weeks more vacation and will be able to get out and about. Good luck with the hummingbird search and have a great weekend!

  4. Congratulations to your sister!

    Liam just made me smile big time. What a cutie.

    Glad you had a good day at the beach!

  5. i have a big family, too. my nieces and nephews are all grown (youngest turned 21 last year) and most have kids of their own. and i missed almost all of it because i moved away at age 20. *sigh* glad you try to see your families often.

  6. oh congrats uncle Chris...another nephew!
    How blessed you are to have this lovely family
    and lake Michigan...nice sandy beach there.....

  7. How wonderful to have Lake Michigan at your fingertips. The Illinois river is close by me but no sandy shores there.
    I come from a big family too although none live near me except for my daughter.
    Congrats to your sis on the birth of her baby.

  8. Many congratulations to your sister on her precious new arrival! My goodness, it must be very expensive at Christmas and birthdays buying presents for a large family like yours Chris!!

    The beach looks wonderful, the sea is so blue. Lovely photos, the last one with the reflection in the glasses is a gem! Beautiful Swallowtail too.

  9. To musiał być wspaniały dzień. Narodziny dziecka, pobyt z rodziną nad wodą, radość dzieci. Ty masz kolejnego siostrzeńca, który się dzisiaj urodził, a ja mam wnuczkę, która dzisiaj skończyła 16 lat.Pozdrawiam serdecznie.
    It must have been a great day. The birth of a child, staying with family over the water, the joy of children. You have another nephew who was born today, and I have a granddaughter, who turned 16 today. Best regards.

  10. Sounds like you are having some great family time, and that beach sounds and looks refreshing. Hope you enjoy your vacation.

  11. Looks like a fun family outing. Great shot of Liam in the sunglasses. Nice to see a butterfly. They've been scarce here since it got so hot!

  12. Hi Chris, Yes---we do have that dreaded humidity here.. That makes a hot day feel even hotter... I'm sure being at the beach HELPED....

    As you know, we finally got rain this week (which we desperately needed)... However, they say that the heat and humidity is coming back next week... Think I need to find a beach somewhere...

    Shorebirds don't turn me on much either... I like them --but love others more (like my precious backyard birds)...

    Have a wonderful weekend, my friend.

  13. When I was young, I once got to stick my toe in Lake Michigan on my birthday in was COLD! :)


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