OnTheGoWithAmyO.

"Live The Life You've Imagined." ~Thoreau

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Goodbye for now, Mustang Island.

♫ TIME TO SAY GOODBYE ♫

After an amazing seven months at various locations here on gorgeous Mustang Island, it’s time to hitch up the RV and move on down the road.

One of my personal goals for 2016 is to haul the RV outside of the Texas state line, so this is a step in the right direction!

While I’m sad to leave Port Aransas, I’m equally excited about the new adventures yet to come…

Here are a few final photos from Mustang Island, 2016… See ya down the road!

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#MondayMotivation motivates me!

For the past few Mondays, I’ve posted inspirational and motivating quotes along with some of my favorite photos. These can be found at both my Facebook page and Twitter account for @OnTheGoWithAmyO, with the hashtag #MondayMotivation.

I take great care to match the photo with an inspirational quote; it’s almost therapeutic. Plus, it’s a fun way to kick start the week on a positive note!

This is today’s Monday Motivation:

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Thought you might also enjoy some of these previous Monday Motivation posts:

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If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, I’d like to invite you to Like/Follow @OnTheGoWithAmyO for #MondayMotivation and other fun posts.

Otherwise, I’ll blog them as a collection like so every 1-3 months, for your enjoyment.

Feel free to share!

Make it a great day,

AmyO.

http://www.OnTheGoWithAmyO.com

Sea Turtle Release!

It was a packed beach on Mustang Island for the sea turtle release this morning!

Staff and volunteers from the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) at UT Marine Science Institute released 6-9 large rehabilitated adult sea turtles, and three sea turtle hatchlings.

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One turtle (pictured) apparently had a chunk bit out of him from a shark, but luckily he got away.

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Members from the local Coast Guard were also on-hand to assist in the release.

It was a wonderful opportunity to bring awareness to the wonderful work the ARK does to rehabilitate injured and vulnerable marine life, and then return it to its home in the wild as soon as the animal is healed/recovered.

Many thanks to the staff and volunteers who coordinated this event, and to those who cared for the sea turtles until they could be returned home.

Swim free!

~AmyO.

Following “A Feeling” – Saving A Life

Do you ever just *feel* like you’re supposed to be someplace, and even though you initially resist, you go anyway, only to realize there was definitely a reason for your being drawn there?

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Earlier this week, I went in search of a new location to take photos of the full moon rising.

First stop was the Marina, but I didn’t like the view of the horizon. Next, I drove to a pier, but it was too crowded.

Instead, the “feeling” led me down a deserted side road with a great view of the horizon, but after setting up my tripod, I kept hearing rustling coming from down in the gaps of the large red jetty rocks. Upon closer inspection, I spotted a scared, injured trapped seagull.

Fortunately, the renowned wildlife rescue facility on Mustang Island was just up the road, so without hesitation, I ran to get help.

The professionals came quickly, and it was an easy catch for them. They said the injured seagull’s wings were sorely battered, where s/he had probably been trying to get out of there all day. Luckily, they expect the seagull to make a full recovery after some TLC & rest.

There’s no doubt “Intuition” led me to that deserted spot this evening, and there’s one lucky little bird with one heck of a guardian angel.

After all, angels have wings, too.

By the way, here is one of the photos I got of the full moon, complete with a pelican may have witnessed entire rescue scene.

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Are You Still A Writer Or What? The Struggles of a Writer/Photographer

For the past month, my life has been consumed with photography – bordering addiction, I happily admit. When I’ve got a camera in hand, I find myself excited, soothed, inspired, focused and alive!

My newfound passion for photography has left little time to write fiction.

So am I still a writer?

Since childhood, I’ve enjoyed dreaming up stories about characters who cross my imagination, then putting those visions into words on paper. So why would I question whether I was still a writer?

Back in June, I completed a feature-length Romantic/Comedy screenplay that I’d been working on for about 18 months. It was a joy – and a relief – to send it off to three screenwriting contests.

My plan was to jump right in to the next major project, yet I could not seem to “commit” to any one story. I tried a variety of tactics to force myself to choose a new writing project: bribing myself with goodies, denying simple pleasures, and everything in between.

So I picked up my camera in order to redirect my frustration.

WOW! I had forgotten how much fun this could be!

Granted, my Journalism degree required several photography classes, and my job as a sports editor and reporter at newspapers and magazines usually required that I provide my own photos for the articles. However, so much has changed with the introduction of digital photography that it’s been like a whole new adventure!

With my camera in tow, I could spend hour after hour taking pictures of sea shells and sand dollars…

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…or capturing images of photos of sailboats on a sunny Saturday afternoon…

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…or dolphins as they bring a ship into the channel at dusk…

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…or a pelican on the jetty waiting for a fisherman to throw her a fish…

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…or delicate flowers radiant after an island shower…

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…nightly festivities at a popular marina hangout…

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The hours spent taking photos seemed to fly by in a blink of an eye – much like when I’m writing.

Therefore, instead of fighting this passion for photography, perhaps my current project isn’t writing, but instead seeing the beauty all around me with fresh eyes and new perspective though the lens of a camera.

Artistic expression is limitless, abundant and evolving. I am and always will be a writer, but that’s only a part of my creative soul.

Where will photography take me? I have no idea, but I promise you that I’m going to enjoy the ride!

Make it happen,

AmyO.

Photography Opening A Whole New World

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These small ordinary white flowers had gone unnoticed by me for the past few weeks.

Today they caught my attention, so I stopped to take their photo. I never realized how delicate and colorful they are.

My renewed passion for photography is helping to “open my eyes” to the beauty that is surrounding me, if I’ll simply slow down to notice it. I feel like I’m seeing a whole new world!

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Is this your Grandma?

02162015_SweetGrandmaFor three months, my RV was happily parked in the charming Gulf Coast town of Port Aransas, TX.

One morning about a month ago, I met a sweet, soft-spoken lady in her late 70s/early 80s walking on the beach.

She was ever-so-slowly collecting shells to make a hanging shell display for each her two teenaged grandsons.

I didn’t realize that her reflection was in the photo of this shell at the time, but when I offered her the shell for her project, she accepted.

As I left the beach about an hour later, this dedicated granny was still there, so I snapped the three photos from afar.

I wish I could get these photos to her grandsons so they could fully realize how much effort, work & love are going into their future gifts!

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Happy 1st Day of Spring 2015

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Bees can teach us a lot about living a good life…

  • Get outside and enjoy the sunshine whenever you can.
  • Work together to create something wonderful.
  • If something is not fulfilling, move along.
  • Find what you love to do, and do it every day!

Hope the 1st day of Spring has been a blessing for you.

Make it happen!

Amy O.

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