Liesl Walsh's "Christmas at the Beach" Published in Florida Currents Magazine 2014

December 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Christmas on the BeachChristmas on the BeachChristmas tree on the beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida. On Christmas Day, many people were at the beach wearing festive hats and clothes. A family set up a Christmas tree full of ornaments, and it became a popular spot for people taking family photos. The family sets the tree up every year, keeping the ornaments tied to the tree so all they have to do is pull it out of their vehicle. This photo was published in Florida Currents Magazine, December 2014. Thank you to the collector from Brick, NJ who purchased 35 5x7 greeting cards of this image on 11-7-2015!

 

     Right now it is near the end of December, the holidays are here, so it's fitting to write about this next story.

 

     In my last blog post I wrote how I began to get published in Florida Currents magazine, the monthly magazine of Peace River Electric Cooperative, Inc. (PRECO). My "Splashing Duck" photo was published on the cover and later inside the magazine three more times. It was a great experience, so I wanted to do more with publishing.

 

     Florida Currents asked members for Christmas photos for their December 2014 issue, so I submitted my "Christmas on the Beach" photo, and it was chosen! The best part was getting a good credit to our electric bill.

 

Dec 2014 PRECO Florida Currents Mag, Christmas TreeDec 2014 PRECO Florida Currents Mag, Christmas TreeIn December 2014 Liesl Walsh's "Christmas Tree on the Beach" photo was published in Florida Currents Magazine.

 

     Here is the story behind the photo: 

     The previous year my husband and I went to Anna Maria Island early on Christmas morning. There's something special about walking the beach, hearing the waves, watching the birds, it's so peaceful. We were expecting the beach to be pretty quiet considering the holiday, but found a surprisingly large number of people there wearing festive clothes and red Santa hats. There was a real happy mood there that morning, it was really nice. 

 

     Then to make the mood even more festive, a family arrived with a Christmas tree and set it up right on the beach! It's a tradition of theirs to come on Christmas morning, and tie the ornaments to the tree so all they have to do is pull it out of their vehicle and set it up, adding garland, candy canes, a snowman on top, and a Santa in the sand. It became a popular place for families to take photos. 

 

     I was able to snap that rare photo when there was no one around the tree. I used it for our Christmas cards the following year, and they were a big hit. If you'd like to design a card with this image, customizing the wording inside, go to my pixels website here.

 

     The following year my husband and I went back to Anna Maria Island on Christmas morning, and we wondered if the Christmas tree would be there. It wasn't at first, but after a little while the family arrived and we watched them set it up, with the familiar ornaments, snowman, and santa!  Maybe they will be back this year.

 

     In future blog posts I will be writing about our adventure to France and illustrating my husband's book, "Vagabonds in France" by Michael A. Barry. It was a very unexpected but thrilling adventure, full of many memorable moments, like arriving in Portugal after eight days at sea, climbing a mountain in Spain, seeing incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea from a cactus garden on the cliffs of the French Riviera, surviving an eventful first day in the Paris Metro, and witnessing Paris' flood of the century. Doing the book has been an amazing experience for both of us. It's a lighthearted book about our journey, and even though I've read it many times, it still makes me laugh. Readers say they feel like they are right there traveling with us and laugh out loud. Come join us!

 

Vagabonds in France Book Cover, Front and Back, Final DraftVagabonds in France Book Cover, Front and Back, Final DraftVagabonds in France is a lighthearted book written by my husband (pen name Michael A. Barry) about our travel adventures in France, its amazing beauty, and all the humorous cultural differences and what the hell moments you'll get a kick out of. Find out how life threw a lemon at us, and we made it into lemonade. Putting all our stuff in storage, we left everything behind to experience an adventure of a lifetime, with no return date or home to come back to. Exploring for 9 weeks, we traveled from Florida (Tampa and Key West), to Portugal (Funchal, Madeira), to Spain (Malaga, Cartagena, and Barcelona), to the south of France (Antibes, Nice, Eze, St. Paul de Vence, Arles, Avignon), then a month in Paris, France. We climbed mountains, descended into the Paris Metro, dodged pickpockets, endured nasty weather and illness, and witnessed the flood of the century. Readers say they feel like they are right there with us on the journey, and laugh out loud. Cover design by Liesl Walsh, using her photograph of Rue de l'Abreuvoir in Montmartre, Paris, with Sacre Coeur in the distance. Original photo can be seen separately (Cobblestone Street in Montmarte, Paris). This book is available on Amazon now in both paperback (black and white illustrations) and Kindle (color illustrations)!

 

 

 

 

 


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