mchalej Though I work out regularly, I despise running. That said, I must admit that a view like this might make me hate it a bit less -- but only a bit. 2d

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mchalej Making memories on an island beach. 1w
  •   mchalej @juleswex It was a treat to witness these four friends goofing around against the backdrop of that sunset. :) 2d
  •   mchalej @juleser It was definitely a fun shot to capture! 2d
  •   mchalej @hedgey_ You are so supportive, Brad. Thank you! 2d
  •   mchalej @tvl51 Thank you, Terry! 2d
  •   mchalej @itsbernie81 Thanks a million, Bernie! They were practically posing for me. :) 2d
  •   mchalej @thefirstbeautydesign Thank you so much, Mike! 1d
  •   juleser Makes me want to be there!! Love your shots. 1d
  •   mchalej @juleser Aww, thanks Jules! It is a little slice of paradise here. I still can't get Ireland out of my mind, though. It left such an impression on me that no other place I've seen will ever be quite as lovely in comparison. 15h

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mchalej A whole new take on the mirror selfie. 1w
  •   mchalej @ayce09 I know, right?? The combination blew me away! 17h
  •   mchalej @rickpatty Definitely not something you see in Battle Creek, huh? :) 17h
  •   mchalej @jamandt In person, it was 10 times this beautiful. I so wish you could have seen it! 17h
  •   mchalej @hedgey_ Thanks, Brad! I could hardly believe my eyes when I came upon this scene. 17h
  •   mchalej @tvl51 Thank you, Terry! It was quite the stunning scene. :) 17h
  •   mchalej @itsbernie81 Pretty much, Bernie! I'd live in that cloud. :) 17h
  •   mchalej @jamuelsames Dang! You sure know how to dole out a compliment. Thank you seems inadequate. I am thankful to have a phone with a nice camera that I can carry in my pocket and whip out in a frenzy when I stumble upon a scene like this. 15h
  •   mchalej @jamuelsames And, yes, it WAS epic. I could hardly move, for fear I would disturb the magic. It was other-worldly. 15h

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mchalej Happy Independence Day, fellow Americans! #merica 3w
  •   hedgey_ Hope you enjoy a fun holiday Jayme 😀 3w
  •   mchalej @hedgey_ Thanks, Brad! It was loads of fun. Four day weekends mixed with fireworks usually are, right? :) 1w

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mchalej Girls just wanna have sun. 3w
  •   mchalej @jamesverg Thanks, Art! I had a fun 4th weekend! You? 1w
  •   mchalej @papakila Many thanks for the applause, Don! Go USA! 1w
  •   mchalej @jamandt You're such a sweetie, Tricia! Sunsets always stun me, too. 1w
  •   mchalej @n_tufenk Thank you, Nihal!! 1w
  •   mchalej @ayce09 Thanks, Jimmy! I'm happy you like it! 1w
  •   mchalej @jamuelsames It was exactly the song I was going for. Cyndi Lauper all the way! I will never forget the first time I heard that song as a youngster, when the Chipettes sang it on Alvin and the Chipmunks. It was love at first listen. 1w
  •   mchalej @ig_dominicanrepublic What a compliment! Thank you! 1w
  •   jamesverg We watched the fireworks spectacular sponsored by our church. We had a blast! 1w

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mchalej There's a poem in this photo. I just know it. 4w

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mchalej Do you ever wonder about the hidden scene on the other side of the lens? I'll fill you in.
I was crouched in a very unladylike manner, grinning widely at the sight of this wee little shelled creature, inching toward me. With the ocean at my back, I was lost in this moment of wonder. What a thrill it is to find joy in the simple things.
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mchalej I witnessed this electrifying sunset on Monday night, after riding out a blinding, booming downpour on the narrow porch of the lifeguard stand (pictured here). Drenched head to toe, I was completely enveloped by storm, so much so that the Gulf disappeared before my very eyes. Visibility beyond the shore was basically nil. It was one of the most surreal experiences of my life. Lightning at sunset was the proverbial icing on the cake. 1mon

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mchalej I spy sunset sailors. 1mon

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mchalej I am naturally drawn to ruins of man made structures. It must be the process of time, the wonder of history, the stories these remnants tell. As a young girl, I dreamt of becoming an archeologist--unearthing lost civilizations, exploring ancient tombs, deciphering symbols and characters of now extinct languages, and finding hidden treasures. Though I never did pursue the archeological career path, I live my dream in smaller ways, regularly seeking adventure, venturing down roads less traveled, and stopping to examine and appreciate the unusual. And, you know, sometimes, I actually do feel like an archaeologist. 2mon
  •   z8angela Great shot! Awesome story telling! 1mon
  •   shirleehadadi That's lovely and it's never too late. 1mon
  •   mchalej @jamuelsames I'm happy you like my stories! Photos have the power to evoke some of the best memories. Thank you for the sweet compliment. :) 1mon
  •   mchalej @juleswex :) back atcha, Jules. 1mon
  •   mchalej @z8angela Thank you, Angela! I'm glad you enjoyed it! 1mon
  •   mchalej @shirleehadadi Thank you, Shirlee. And, you're right. There is still time to live out that dream. :) 1mon
  •   hedgey_ Sometimes it's nice to see nature taking back over man made structures eh! Nicely seen Jayme 1mon
  •   mchalej @hedgey_ Agreed, Brad. I like that these pier ruins are utilized by the sea birds. It's an interesting juxtaposition of nature and man. Thank you! 1mon

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mchalej A storm cloud canopy. 2mon

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mchalej Searching for sand dollars on the sandbar. 2mon

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mchalej Happy Mother's Day to each and every mom in IG land!
For the first time in my 31 years of life, my mom and I are separated on Mother's Day. I always give her a handmade card--she saves them--so, given the distance between us, I had to make this year's card extra special.
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  •   hedgey_ lovely thought Jayme, I'll bet she has kept every single one of those cards :)) 2mon
  •   juleswex Awww, that is the sweetest gift of all. 2mon
  •   mchalej @hedgey_ She has saved them all, so I have to keep handmaking them. :) 2mon
  •   mchalej @juleswex She called me after she got the card in the mail, and she really did like it. 2mon
  •   juleswex @mchalej I bet she did, best gift!! 2mon

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mchalej I visited Miami for the first time on Thursday, and found myself in Art Deco heaven. The elegant yet loud, geometric indulgence of this iconic 1920s style never ceases to WOW me! 2mon

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mchalej Only in South Beach are the lifeguard stands Art Deco, too.

And, not to go all Victoria's Secret on you, but... ♡ PINK!
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  •   mchalej @davidwelsh I'm happy you like this shot, David! Thanks! 2mon
  •   mchalej @z8angela Thank you, Angela!! You live in a very beautiful city. It was a fun trip, and I will be back very soon!! 2mon
  •   hedgey_ Cool 2mon
  •   jamuelsames In California, the stands are no where near as awesome and pink. Lucky you! 2mon
  •   niklas_gre nice picture 2mon
  •   mchalej @hedgey_ Miami is SO cool, Brad! It was my first trip there, and I'm itching to go back. :) 2mon
  •   mchalej @jamuelsames I've seen a few of the SoCal stands, and you're right. They're just not as cool. Haha! I definitely recommend a visit to South Beach. Every lifeguard stand is different, and they're all Art Deco. :) 2mon
  •   mchalej @niklas_gre Thank you so, so much! 2mon

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mchalej The night the sun wore a hat. 3mon

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mchalej Master photographer, @val7val, in his element. 3mon

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