Adrenaline Beach

Adrenaline Beach

Photographer Shelley Neff presents an expansive view of Labadee, Haiti’s Adrenaline Beach. Blue waters, a long stretch of coral reef, and red beachfront cabanas invite us to start fantasizing about a tropical getaway. Music Produceer Mic Mene offers a chill beat which is just what we would be listening to while sipping a cold one during vacation at this scenic spot. Labadee, Haiti, a private peninsula, situated on the northwest corner of the island of Hispanola and separated from the rest of Haiti by a mountain range, is owned by Royal Caribbean International. The peninsula is used by the cruise line as a port of call for select itineraries. Each of Labadee’s beaches offers something different, from family attractions to private cabanas, for cruise passengers to enjoy. Adrenaline Beach, located near the city’s town square, offers the opportunity for cruise passengers to play several sports, including beach volleyball, basketball and soccer. The beach is also home to the Dragon’s Tail coaster, which offers a scenic view of the island and beaches at 30 miles per hour. We hope you can make it to this alluring destination sometime soon. In the meantime, you can order a lustre print from the Midisparks Art Shop to keep the goal fresh in your mind. Click over to the shop on the “shopping cart” button below to explore product...
Awakening Your Senses

Awakening Your Senses

Photographer Shelley Neff captures light on water along the river shore. Truly that light seems intent on spreading her gift to the shore and up the gentle slope to the firs. For the shrubs and grasses all seem aglow, as if electrically charged. But even as we sense this energy of spreading light (it is a cool, cleansing, refreshing feeling), the photograph also conveys a deep sense of hush. It may be that a hidden bird will venture a short whistle. Perhaps a cicada or a cricket will chirp from within the brush. But we will need to bend the ear for it. Finally, not to let wonderful color schemes go unrecognized, we notice with delight the symmetry of colors in river and sky. Dark purples of clouds find their peers in shadowy patches of the water. The sky’s brighter blues are likewise matched below. How does the Bill Madison audio track, with it’s fast strumming, finger picking, and assertive vocal, align with our gentle photo? Clearly the music does not choose here to paint the picture in sound. Rather, the music is the story of a man’s relationship to the river. Bill’s lyric describes the lifestyle informed by the river’s tranquility and purity. Here money is of little value. We live simply. We live in harmony with nature and one another. We glean from Shelly’s keywords that this photo was snapped somewhere in Maine. But this river shore could easily be the Blogger’s hometown Susquehanna River. And perhaps for each of us it could be a place nearby, where we can retreat, at least sometimes, to share in...