We asked on Facebook: Where do you find beauty in difficult times like these?
I paint places I love, so even when I can’t be at the beach or kayaking the wetlands, I can create them in my studio. Also, gardening has been the most relaxing and important activity for me during this self-isolation time. Even though we have done it in years past, raising monarch butterflies in our inside enclosure has been a wonderful distraction for me and my children every day.
I find peace standing on my balcony listening to the waves, feeling the salty air on my face and sea breeze in my hair and give many thanks for such a wonderful space to “shelter in place.”
Patricia Forbes Tewksbury
I love looking out my patio door at Clear Lake through the big oak trees and grassy lawn to the serenity of the water and the sailboats.
Shirley Ann Thomas
Sunrise and sunset with the breeze over the water.
I love listening to the seagulls in the morning. They fly over the golf course I live on. When I close my eyes and listen to them, I feel like I could be sitting on the beach.
Robin Barker Jorgensen
My wife and I try to re-create a “coastal paradise” in our home. We place shells, sea glass and other trinkets we have found at the beach in open view. We’ve also painted our rooms soft sea foam and other colors that remind us we’re at the beach, even when we’re not.
I love the sounds — the shore birds, waves, ferry horns. Close your eyes and listen.
I am enjoying my beautiful patio and garden. At night, I have a nice fire in the pit and place candles around. Very relaxing, oh, and a glass or two of wine.
I find myself grateful for the clean, salty Gulf air, sounds of the surf and the whispering of the palm trees while meditating from my deck at daybreak.
Angela K. Escue
Wrap-around porches, warm summer breezes, and walking trails in Evia!
Relaxing in my backyard watching the sailboats and sometimes get to see a dolphin feeding. Also, walking my doggy constantly.
Savoring the breeze. Watching the clouds go by, plus taking photos of their vibrant reflections in the canals near my house.
Sitting on my front porch in the late afternoon watching pelicans float in circles above The San Luis Resort.
People here really love their beaches, and the people who are not here, well, they love it, too! Right now, since so many things are shut down, just driving around to see the water is very soothing! Seeing the birds flying around, enjoying the sun, really helps to soothe my soul. That, and hearing the sounds of the water lapping against the rocks totally works.
Enjoying the many beautiful colors of my hibiscus plants. Checking the new growth on everything. I love the new green on my oak trees and all the lilies putting out their flowers. Perhaps the most interesting is the weeping bottle brush tree filled with red flowers. Living in this climate offers so many opportunities for pleasure and relaxation, and you don’t even need to leave your own yard. I can’t see the water but I can still here the roar of the Gulf from my own front porch. Lucky, indeed!
Leta Middleton Higgins
I enjoy my outdoor reading room on my front porch in La Marque.
Paul Ray Heinrich