Breaking the Rules – Boynton Beach Sunrise and a Tern – Picture to Ponder – v6-44

by Sheila Finkelstein on November 10, 2010

As I was searching for photos for today’s issue of Picture to Ponder, I was drawn into the rhythm of the waves and the subtle reflections of the rising sun in Boynton Beach, FL two weeks ago. Some of the magic is lost in the smaller size here, so I’m including a link to a slightly larger version if you wish to click on the photo and be with that photo for a moment or two.

If you wish to spend a few more minutes and experience the rolling waves and listening to the sounds, I invite you to check out my Boynton Sunrise Video leading up to the scene captured below.

Originally, particularly because of the white and the fact that it was on the beach, I assumed the bird in the lower photo was a sea gull. Then, the orange beak had me check it out on Google where I learned that it’s a Tern. You can see a cute 20-second video of his scurrying on the beach at Tern Video. Stay with it for the last two or three seconds and you’ll see his “family.’

Today’s Featured Photos

sunrise on Boynton Beach

orange-billed tern

As state above, sunrise at Boynton Beach and a Tern on the beach.

Self-Reflecting Queries
I spent quite a bit of time today in looking to “adjust” the sunrise photo, cropping it to accommodate “the rules” – the rule of thirds in creating a good photographic composition. Following this “rule” the subject would never be in the center of the photo. That is, the sun would not be smack in the middle. And, as I look at it again, though the sun is central, my eye is drawn to the waves which, in fact, are in the lower third and the focus of interest for me.

Then moving on to the photograph of the tern. His beak is in the upper third corner, his tail is almost in the lower. I suppose this would thus “qualify” as a well done photo. On the other hand he is looking away from us, not usually a good idea, according to the “rules.”

I ultimately decided, today to present the photos that “felt” good and they seem to work fine.

In line with my description above, I invite you, once again, to look into your own life. Is there any place that you are so caught up in what you think are the rules that you are not allowing yourself to play “full out”?

If so, and you were to give yourself permission to look beyond what you think are the rules, might there be something new or expansive that could open up for you? If so, I invite you to take it on.

And, as I final thought today, I suggest you might also check out with another person, or persons, what their interpretation of the situation is; the same as yours, or different? What might the openings here be for you?

As always, have fun and open up to new possibilities.

Then please post your experience in the COMMENTS section below.

New in the Gift Shop –

garlic parts on tileI just received my latest order of new products from my Gift Shop. If you read last week’s issue of Picture to Ponder and the one a few weeks back, you’ll know how excited I’ve been with this particular garlic image. So last week I put it on a Tile and WOW! I am thrilled.

These tiles are great as coasters, hot plates and/or decorative on a small table easel.

abstract silky garlic image on a year-at-a-glance calendarUsing Photoshop, I also placed the garlic pieces on top of the silky abstract image of a portion of the garlic that I featured in Picture to Ponder last week and had it printed on a year-at-a-glance calendar.

Though I’m not anxious for 2010 to end, I can’t wait until January when this calendar and image will have the central spot on my refrigerator. I also purchased a couple more of the calendars – different images. I will cut off the photo on at least one and frame it!

silk mandala on a tileLastly, in addition to the above and other garlic image products, I had the silk mandala of two weeks ago printed on a tile also.

You can see this at Mandala 1 Tile and other products with this silk image on Mandala.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren Strouse November 12, 2010 at 10:37 am

I watched both the sunrise video and tern – thank you so much for sharing this. I have wanted to go to the beach for quite some time now but we haven’t been able to find the right weekend – I like to go to Bodega Bay,which is at least an hour from us, perhaps a bit longer and no quick and easy drive – but very scenic, through Sonoma County farm country. I have felt the need to just sit and watch the waves – this brings me a great deal of peace. Have had much emotional turmoil in my life since June – lost my job, lost my Dad in July a week after returning from a visit to him, my sister-in-law has terminal cancer, and my brother has been in a convalescent facilty for several months after amputation of 2 toes (it is his wife dying of cancer) Your video filled a real need for me – it brought me a bit of the peace I was craving. Thank you again.


Sheila Finkelstein November 12, 2010 at 10:57 am

Oh Lauren. I am so sorry to learn of your losses, as well as the huge challenges facing you and your family now. I am glad that the ocean video was able to bring you some peace.

Thank you for letting me into your life in this way and sharing what’s going on.

Peace, health and love,


Mary Sindicic November 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm


When I saw the picture I immediately thought wouldn’t it be nice to hear the waves and as I read further there was the video. Thank you what a treat to really sit and fully experience the ocean.

In Light,



Sheila Finkelstein November 17, 2010 at 6:22 pm

So glad you enjoyed this, Mary. Thanks for letting me know.

With appreciation and love,


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post:

© 2017 Sheila Finkelstein - All Rights Reserved - Photography and Writing are by Sheila Finkelstein unless otherwise noted. For information contact Sheila[at]