Jennifer Lyn King

writer photographer artist world traveler

The World’s Most Beautiful Beach

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The World’s Most Beautiful Beach

“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw...

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At the Beach

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At the Beach

“… so that the monotonous fall of the waves on the beach, which for the most part beat a measured and soothing tattoo to her thoughts seemed consolingly to repeat over and over again…” — Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse At the beach walking the warm sand, watching pelicans and gulls glide above the surf, delighting at dolphin leaping above the waves, spending countless hours...

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Sailboats, Shells, and Sunsets: Photos from a Florida Beach

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Sailboats, Shells, and Sunsets: Photos from a Florida Beach

“Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.” -from “The Princess Bride” – Wesley to Buttercup I simply love being at the beach. Sometimes I wonder why or how I can love it so much, but then maybe the key to it is in the b-e-i-n-g. The beach is the perfect place to just BE. My ideal world is a universe of beaches....

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Finding Seashells

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Finding Seashells

Finding Seashells Come walk with me Along the sea Where dusk sits on the land And search with me For shells are free, And treasures hide in sand.  -Author Unknown This week, I’m vacationing with my family at the beach … one of my very favorite places and things to do in all the world. I love spending timeless days along the seashore with my loved ones, collecting shells and walking...

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The Magic of Low Light: Photography

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The Magic of Low Light: Photography

Photography is the art of writing with light. -Gerardo Suter I love visiting the ocean, and having time on the beach. To me, there is something about the rhythmic crashing of waves, the wide feeling of timelessness, and the gentle scrubbing of the saltwater and sugary sand to wipe away all of the world’s cares. I love being at the beach. When I brought my first camera to the beach, I made the...

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7 Ingredients of a Great Getaway Vacation

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7 Ingredients of a Great Getaway Vacation

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.” -Leonardo da Vinci   I once had a friend ask me how I could enjoy taking vacation. Looking back at her, I...

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7 Days in Tuscany: A Photojournal

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7 Days in Tuscany: A Photojournal

A tavola non si invecchia. – Italian proverb. Translation: At the table with good friends and family you do not become old.   I love Italy. There is so much to love, especially for enjoying the values of good food and wine, and the wealth of family. Last week, my husband and I and our three sons spent ten days in Italy. Since we live in Prague as expats, we could drive in and through...

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Sea Side: Retreat along the Mediterranean

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Sea Side: Retreat along the Mediterranean

Along the Sea Come walk with me Along the sea Where dusk sits on the land And search with me For shells are free, And treasures hide in sand. -author unknown This week, I’m in Italy with my family, on a retreat vacation, soaking up the Tuscan tranquility I have so grown to love. One of my favorite things about a beach retreat is being able to collect shells. In Tuscany, where shells match...

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Destination Coastline: Sunsets, a Photojournal

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Destination Coastline: Sunsets, a Photojournal

“The sky broke … into full sunset and the water caught fire.” -Pamela H. Johnson As I type, I sit below a large canvas painting of a coastline sunset where the water reflects so much citrine color it looks as if it is on fire. I painted it several years ago, and it is my personal favorite. In the center of the painting, a girl stands in the lapping waves with her skirt hiked up, askew, as...

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Holland and Belgium through My Lens: A Photojournal of Coastal and Countryside Beauty

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Holland and Belgium through My Lens: A Photojournal of Coastal and Countryside Beauty

There is scarcely any writer who has not celebrated the happiness of rural privacy, and delighted himself and his reader with the melody of birds, the whisper of groves, and the murmur of rivulets.  ~Samuel Johnson It is true: I love the countryside. My family came to America in the early 1900′s and settled in the wide stretches of land in the heart of the United States. The more I travel...

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Barcelona through My Lens: A Photo Journal

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Barcelona through My Lens: A Photo Journal

“It’s the change of rhythm which I think is what keeps me alive. In Spain I hear so much noise from my window that can’t stand it. In Switzerland it’s the lack of noise that drives me crazy.” -Geraldine Chaplin All my life, I have dreamed of going to Spain … from the days of my first Spanish class in 6th grade to the advanced Spanish literature and history classes I took...

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Beauty and Color in a Mediterranean Sunset Sky

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Beauty and Color in a Mediterranean Sunset Sky

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. -Rabindranath Tagore When we travel to the beach, my favorite part of the day is at the end. I love to be at the edge of the shore and stand rapt at the emerging colors of the sunset. Oranges and reds and blues and yellows all merged into one spectacular living work of art. It pauses for...

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Live Simply, Live Well

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Live Simply, Live Well

Live simply, live well. -the sign that hangs above my kitchen sink Have you ever noticed how children seem to love things that are not “toys”? You know … the pans and spoons a toddler chooses over the latest singing gizmo that cost $29.99. Or my boys’ favorite when they were younger– measuring cups and a sink full of water, instead of the pricey toys that lay at...

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Eight Days under the Tuscan Sun

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Eight Days under the Tuscan Sun

When I saw the movie Under the Tuscan Sun years ago, Tuscany became a place I yearned to visit. The cinematography in the movie was beautiful, and the lure of a slower pace of life combined with the elements of great Italian foods and wines only accented the gentle beauty of the Tuscan land. We’ve always been a driving family—we enjoy absorbing the roll and beauty of a country as we pass through...

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Lopsided or Balanced?

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Lopsided or Balanced?

After a week spent with my toes in the powdered-sugar sand bordering the turquoise waters of the Florida panhandle, I feel refreshed. I don’t know if it’s the rhythmic crashing of the powerful ocean or the endless sand-scrub that does the job, but after a week of constructing sandcastle villages, delving into many books, and soaking in pristine sunsets, I have not an ounce of adrenaline left....

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