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[“Atlantic Shores,” Virginia Beach, Virginia, November 3, 2013]

I recently spent almost two weeks in Virginia in preparation of moving my mother to Nashville.

My mother lives in a retirement center called “Atlantic Shores,” and it is hard to imagine a more lovely setting.

In many ways, we will miss Atlantic Shores. But, we are out of options. It is time to move. I am sure that some of you can relate.

Virginia Beach is one of the nation’s largest resort areas, with an oceanfront at least one-hundred blocks long. When we moved there in 1967, I was just completing my freshman year in college, and I remember thinking that things were suddenly looking up! Before long, I knew just about every club on Atlantic Avenue. The Peppermint Lounge was easily my favorite. Bill Deal and the Rhondells played there. Oh, yeah! (If you are unfamiliar with this iconic band, please click on the link, below.)

I digress. Virginia Beach is more than a resort destination. It is a large landmass that is home to military installations, an interstate highway, light industry, colleges, museums, and tens of thousands of residents (many of them retired “military”). In fact, Virginia Beach is so large that some sections of the “city” are still “in the country.” Oceana Naval Air Station – which, as the crow flies, is only about two miles from the ocean – has so much undeveloped land that it rents hundreds of acres to tenant farmers. For years, my parents picked strawberries as war birds flew overhead.

Virginia Beach is one vast “wetland” as we have come to understand that term. It is crisscrossed by waterways flowing into the James River, the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and even the Dismal Swamp. Everywhere there is water. Everywhere there is waterfowl.

My mother’s retirement center is a lattice-work of small ponds, lakes, and creeks, each of them hosting wildlife. The beautiful setting, the ocean breezes, and the presence of so much wildlife, undoubtedly ease the passage of time for the residents there. For many of us, time will tell whether that is true.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

47 responses

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (18 Nov 2013):

    Gorgeous reflected colors!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (18 Nov 2013):

    Now I know where our geese go to chill out for the winter, no wonder!! A sublime capture, Richard.. the tones reflect the glory of autumn so very beautifully! Delightful narrative and captures!!

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner gave props (18 Nov 2013):

    Beautiful work my friend ! great narative too !!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (18 Nov 2013):


  • jaume morera guixa

    jaume morera guixa gave props (18 Nov 2013):

    Una foto preciosa !

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go said (18 Nov 2013):

    As always, you captivate me and get my full attention! I'm sure this place will be missed by your mom, this had been her home for the longest time. Great memories still remains, so I think it will be alright..

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (18 Nov 2013):

    You know, for a 'point and shoot' photographer, you do amazing work! This photo is absolutely lovely, with beautiful colors reflected in the water. I can't yet relate to your narrative--my mom and dad (92 and 95) still live independently in their own home; I know how lucky I am! I'm sure having your mom close to home will make life easier for you, but I can definitely see where this gorgeous area will be missed!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (18 Nov 2013):

    Thank you, Heather, for the spotlight! Yes, we appreciate all of the wildlife that Canada sends our way during winter!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (18 Nov 2013):

    Fabulous colors.... love it!!! Love the narrative too!!!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (18 Nov 2013):


  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (18 Nov 2013):

    Always enjoy the way you put together your images ....Canda Geese fly over often here and they ar truly majestic.....all the best to your Mother

  • Ken O'Brien

    Ken O'Brien gave props (18 Nov 2013):

    Lovely photo,hope the move goes well.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (18 Nov 2013):

    I agree with Susan L. your point and shoot work is just gorgeous. I love your narrative and hope that your Mother stays well!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (18 Nov 2013):

    Beautiful setting.... hopefully your mother will get adjusted with the new move ...It was difficult for my mother when she moved to an apartment from the homeplace but then later it became necessary to move her again to the nursing home when she could no longer take care of herself...It was a difficult decision...I like to remember my late mother when she was happy and life had purpose for her..

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (18 Nov 2013):

    great comp and colors, my dear friend!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (18 Nov 2013):

    Another turning point in your life...yet, glad your mother is still with us and can still enjoy life. This sure is a lovely place! Virginia Beach was the first place I ever saw the Atlanta Ocean at age 23.

  • Aloha Montgomery

    Aloha Montgomery said (18 Nov 2013):

    You are getting pretty good at this photogrpahy thing, Sir Knight!! Beautiful! With a son like you, I'm sure your mom will have happy moments in her new 'home' and you no doubt have already scoped out the lounges! Heartfelt wishes. Jade

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (18 Nov 2013):

    Love the colors and ripples of the water. A most peaceful and pretty scene!

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (18 Nov 2013):

    Love the photo and background information. Oh.. y the way, I'd like to come to a future JPG meet up. Unfortunately my free time is still limited, but working on a remedy for that too! Check out my new website: twowheelsandacamera.net ;)

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper said (18 Nov 2013):

    I'm not sure why I don't remember 'May I', but I don't. I do, however, remember 'What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am'. This is about the time a lot of groups were featuring tons of horns. One of our locals, which Susan Griffith may remember, was the Fabulous Tenth Dimension. They sounded a lot like BD and R.

    I don't know how this move will impact your family, but I hope all goes smoothly. Change of any sort is never easy.

    Love this colorful image and its history.

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (19 Nov 2013):

    A wealth of information, and a nice photo.

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (19 Nov 2013):

    Beautiful capture ! Love the colors.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (19 Nov 2013):

    So peaceful and beautiful. The reflections you captured are like a Monet painting. Simply beautiful images, that convey the feeling of peace that surrounds Atlantic Shores.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (19 Nov 2013):

    outstanding entry sir Richard with excellent narration about this santury......thanks

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (19 Nov 2013):

    wow!!! this is a super capture!!!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (19 Nov 2013):

    Richard, this is a superb capture, wow, I am glad your mother will be settled in a lovely new place, although , I am sure the old will be missed. I am so sorry we didn't get to meet you , hopefully that will come to fruition sometime in the future..

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (19 Nov 2013):

    Wow, Richard....this is so beautiful! I love the inset too. I can see why the reluctance of moving away and cutting ties with this place, but we certainly can relate!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (20 Nov 2013):

    I am so sad for your Mother, it must be very hard for her. She is a very lucky woman having a son like you though. Plus, you and she have your memories to tide you over. On a brighter side, this is a simply fantastic photo Dick. Thanks for sharing both the gorgeous photo and your story my friend!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (21 Nov 2013):

    WoW!! LOVE this!!!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (21 Nov 2013):

    Hope the move for your mother will go as smoothly as possible. No doubt she will miss this lovely place, but change can be a good thing. Beautiful shot, Richard.

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (22 Nov 2013):


  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (23 Nov 2013):

    What can I add … I agree that moving can be hard but she will have you, her son, nearby to keep watch over her. Your narration is excellent. It takes me back to when we had to move our dad from a place that he loved, it wasn't easy for him and it broke my heart that we had to move him, but it was to keep him safe - long story. He came to accept the place that we moved him to but never loved it like his former place. Your photograph is so beautiful, great shooting, Richard : )

  • Bruce Wendler

    Bruce Wendler gave props (23 Nov 2013):

    Would love to see this place during fall color

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (24 Nov 2013):

    great narrative as well as fantastic photography

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (25 Nov 2013):

    Very stunning photo, Richard, and a perfectly wonderful descriptive narrative. Very well done, and I wish your dear mother all the best!!

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (27 Nov 2013):

    a lovely image!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz (Deleted) gave props (27 Nov 2013):

    Nice photo -- I know Atkantic Shores from the time I spent in Tidewater. Lovely setting, indeed!

  • Satwinder Singh

    Satwinder Singh gave props (28 Nov 2013):

    Fascinating image skillfully presented your innovative concept of PIP is excellent Sir Richard!

  • Sven Tomasic

    Sven Tomasic said (29 Nov 2013):

    interesting :)

  • Giampaolo Lolli

    Giampaolo Lolli   gave props (3 Dec 2013):

    Beautiful !!!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (5 Dec 2013):

    Think you're more than a 'point 'n shoot fella.' Love this setting. Your Mama will be very happy, I'm sure.

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (16 Dec 2013):

    As always, Sir Richard, excellent and the PIP is a pip! The narrative is great. So glad your Mother is still with you and that she is blessed with a good son and d.i.l. As for VB and your arrival there in 67, so did I! Well next to VB, stationed at Little Creek and lived in Diamond Springs. Beautiful country.

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (24 Jan 2014):

    Judicious selection of colors.

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire gave props (15 Feb 2014):

    Dick, you have been keeping busy,really good ....

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (20 Feb 2014):

    Lovely pic, glad to see you sre still writing your lovely stories...

  • Pixel Fun

    Pixel Fun gave props (21 Feb 2014):

    beautiful reflective colors Richard

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