New River Beach

I love the days when we decide to pack up the kids and go on an impromptu adventure. Despite the below zero temperature, one Saturday afternoon, my husband and I decided to go to New River Beach with our kids and our dog, Sawyer.  New River is one of the most beautiful beaches in this area anytime of the year. The sand is so fine and soft, and that beautiful golden beige. UGH. Take me back now!

Whenever we go anywhere with the potential of amazing photo ops, I always try to pack my DSLR. Just in case I stumble upon something beautiful to add to my photography portfolio, or even to take reference photos for my paintings.  

Where I live, New River is a little jaunt away, but not too far if you desperately want to go (and I was). So in need of inspiration, away we went. We drive, and drive and drive....and drive. It was no big deal, because the music was on, the kids were happy, and the dog was behaving himself. I think we all had a little bit of cabin fever that weekend and just being out of the house was like a breath of fresh air.  

As soon as we get there, we head to the beach. The kids were pumped, the dog happy as can be and I was just glad to be out of the house for a change. I start to unpack my camera bag, put my lens on, get everything all ready and focused and cli....  'NO CARD IN CAMERA'. I just stare blankly ahead at my husband. He asks what's wrong. I explain my stupidity as I see in my head my two SD cards sitting on my laptop at home. I was so sad I forgot one of the most crucial parts of the entire trip.

Needless to say, we laughed it off, made the best of it, and enjoyed the rest of the time. It just means we get to go back all that much sooner. I did manage to take a few snap shots of everyone enjoying the salty-frigid air on my phone.

As soon as we set foot onto the sand it was like winter didn't exist for a moment..I wished so badly we could throw down a blanket and just lay there, if it hadn't been minus whatever god awful temperature it was that day.  That soft, golden sand, the bright, beautiful sun, the waves crashing in effortlessly...  

...And then you realize the air is starting to hurt your face and round everyone up and run back to the car. But it was nice to get some fresh Atlantic air on our pale winter faces, freezing cold or not.

Close-up

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I really wish I was able to capture just how beautiful this beach is on canvas. No photo or painting can do it justice. I will keep trying though! Definitely a must-visit if you are not from around NB and ever find yourself in this area!

'New River Beach', 12 x 12 acrylic on canvas panel, $75 CAD or approx $57 US  www.kathleenclarkart.com  

'New River Beach', 12 x 12 acrylic on canvas panel, $75 CAD or approx $57 US www.kathleenclarkart.com 

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