I live in Rhode Island, nicknamed "The Ocean State," and our summers--mine and my kids'--revolve, in large part, around the ocean. Less than fifteen minutes after pulling out of my driveway, I can be unpacking the car at any of several beaches. Rhode Island has done a wonderful job protecting its coastline. We live on the southern coast, so the beaches we go to are Atlantic Ocean beaches. (If you were to sail straight out from the beach the kids and I go to, you'd pass between Block Island, which is part of Rhode Island, and Montauk, which is at the tip of Long Island, New York.) Rhode Island also has many beaches on Narragansett Bay. I prefer the southern coast ocean beaches.
We see fish and jellies (both non-stinging and sometimes stinging, watch out!), lots of oyster shells, crabs, and even, once, a horseshoe crab.
On the beach side we play in the sand and the waves, collect rocks, look out at sailboats...
Beavertail State Park while my middle child was at camp.
We happened to be there at low tide, which meant we could find tidepools in the rocky shore.
Later in the week, my husband brought our middle child back to Beavertail at low tide so he, too, could investigate the tide pools. They wandered all over the rocks, finding their own crabs and sea stars to hold and investigate.
|My oldest and youngest, sharing a view.|
And, using this tutorial from Craft, I extracted a color palette from the first photo I posted above.
The green and the dark blue are from the water. The water at that beach is full of greens--it's beautiful and nuanced, and I've noticed when my two younger kids draw water they add all sorts of colors to it, not just blue. The light blue is from the sky, and the two browns are from the sand. I want to keep playing with beach palettes. I think it might be nice to have something in beach colors when winter rolls around.
So, this is part of where I live. I hope you enjoyed the little tour. Does your local environment inspire you? In what ways? I think it's one of the luckiest things in life, to really love where you live. So much else flows from that.