Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient

After a windy rainstorm, transient sea shells and pieces wash up on the beach. I love combing the beach for the sea shells after the storm and usually am met with a few broken pieces among the big shells, except on this trip. I had not been lucky enough to come across an abundance of mini shells like this and I couldn’t help but snap a few photographs before grabbing a handful since it looked like such a perfect mosaic on the sand.

What I’m Loving Lately

I’ve been in a bit of a blogging rut for the past few months and have been thinking of some new features to add to here aside from just sharing my gazillion photographs of flowers when I can’t think of anything else! Today I am introducing, What I’m Loving Lately, a place for me to share some of my recent favorite things.

Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend: I already loved Trader Joe’s and will always try the new stuff they put out, but this seasoning blend is amazing! Anytime I go into Trader Joe’s now I grab a bottle because they have a tendency to get rid of the stuff I love — too many hummus flavors to name have sadly bid adieu. My favorite way to use this seasoning is with eggs or egg whites but my second favorite is on my avocado toast. I’ve used it on salmon, chicken, hummus, tuna, you name it I’ve basically tried this seasoning on. Looking for ways to use the seasoning? Domino has you covered.

Keds + Rifle Paper Co.: When your favorite stationary company teams up with a shoe brand the hard part is deciding which of the three designs to buy the shoes in. I love the slip ons because I’m short and added height from the platform is always welcome, but all the designs are so pretty, I just have not been able to choose yet!

Netflix’s Bloodline: I love Kyle Chandler and will watch him in anything he acts in, but I’m slowly going through the final season of Bloodline because I am not ready yet to say goodbye to the Rayburns.

Wet N Wild Megalast Nail Polish: This is some of the best nail polish I have ever used and it is so cheap. The color lasts so long and the bigger manicurist brush makes it so easy to do your own nails.

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo: I reviewed The Light We Lost in my April & May Recent Reads post, but as heartbreaking as the book was, I loved it and I need to share about it again. I highly recommend reading this book.

In the Wild

Rabbit at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

You never know what or who you will stumble upon when out exploring for photography. The other day when I was dodging the sprinklers at Clark Botanic Garden to get some shots of the last remaining peonies of the season, I was joined by this adorable rabbit. I’ve heard that there are some rabbits that frequent Clark, but I had never been lucky enough to see them while I’ve been there.

Bird at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Full disclosure, I hate birds. They creep me out and I usually avoid photographing them because I do not like being that close to them. When I was leaving the garden this bird flew over to the bird bath to grab a quick drink and for some odd reason, I was intrigued enough to snap a photo.

North Fork Fresh

Peonies at Briermere Farms in Riverhead, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

One of my favorite places is the North Fork of Long Island. If I wouldn’t be stuck with an almost two hour commute to work everyday, I would easily move out there in a second. The next best thing to living out there is driving out on the weekends for a visit, especially in the spring and summer when there is so much to do and see.

A visit to the North Fork is not complete without a stop at my favorite farm, Briermere Farms in RIverhead. They always have the most beautiful flowers for sale, delicious fruit and the best pies you can buy on Long Island. No matter the size of the line, it is worth it for a slice of their apple crisp. I think every photo I have of the sunflowers out east are from one of my many visits to Briermere and this weekend when I went it was too early for the sunflowers but they had the prettiest just cut peonies for sale. I could not resist buying a bunch and photographing them. They smell as good as they look, my place smells like heaven right now thanks to the peonies!

Strawberries at Briermere Farms in Riverhead, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

It is also strawberry season on Long Island and the strawberries above from Briermere may have been some of the best strawberries I have ever had!