Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // view of Pacific Ocean from Newport Coast Villas

On Top // Water Views {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // view of Nice, France, Cote D'Azur, beach, ocean, city, village,

Morning view of Nice, Cote d’Azur, France

While traveling, or even enjoying the sights in your hometown, do you take photos encompassing the scenery? Many times I tend to focus on the details (flowers, people, food, etc), I sometimes forget to take a step back and take it all in!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // view of Pacific Ocean from Newport Coast Villas

Afternoon view of Newport Beach and Newport Coast Villas, California

Views from “on top” are a great way to make a DIY postcard from travels near and far, don’t ya think?! Thanks to the Daily Post weekly photo challenge: On Top, I figured it’s a fantastic prompt to share some of my more scenic shots from the past year.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // view of Paris from top of Eiffel Tower

Evening view of Paris, France from the Eiffel Tower

To check out more interpretations of “on top” click here. To see my past photo challenge submissions, click here.

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // carefree in the south of France - getting cheeky, kissing a naked statue in Cote d'Azur

Carefree // South of France {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // carefree in the south of France - getting cheeky, kissing a naked statue in Cote d'Azur

You know those carefree moments when you’re just enjoying life? Yup, that’s what this group of girlfriends had earlier this year on our adventure to the South of France.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // carefree in the south of France - upside down umbrella in Cote d'Azur

Traveling with fun, outgoing, silly, life-embracing friends makes any trip fantastic. But throw in the fact I’ve been making memories with two of these girls  since 1991, and the other fits in like we’ve known each other just as long, well, there’s no better word than AMAZING to describe the trip!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // carefree in the south of France - dipping toes in Mediterranean for the first time, Cote d'Azur

Besides being fun and entertaining, these girls did such an awesome job researching and planning the whole trip. I was able to be CAREFREE the entire trip. “Oh, we have reservations? Fabulous!” “We’re going there today? Awesome!” “Pre-bought tickets so we don’t have to stand in line? You’re amazing!!” – yes, I was truly able to just enjoy the trip! Thank you girlies for an amazing adventure! Where are we off to next? : )

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Although I’m posting this so late in the week, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to play along on the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge this week. The prompt is “Carefree“, and these photos really do scream that out to me!! What says “carefree” to you? Share your link in the comments!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // winery in Cote d'Azur, old Roman way of making wine

One Shot, Two Ways // Winery {Photo Challenge}

While in the South of France earlier this year, my girlfriends and I really wanted to go wine tasting, especially since we didn’t get the chance to go on a champagne tour while in Paris due to snow. Little did we know, most of the wineries have closed operation and sold their properties for hefty sums. So, we hired a private guide while in Nice and asked her to show us the sights. Our guide and driver Catherine Coppex was fantastic and showed us so much more than we could have done on our own – Monaco, Monte Carlo, Eze Village, St. Paul, a perfumerie, and so much more. She also found one of the last family wineries still in business and arranged for us to visit and have a private tasting. It was beyond wonderful!

And seeing that this weeks theme at the Daily Post is “One Shot, Two Ways” I decided to pull these shots from our visit to the winery. I believe the french wine maker said this was one of the old Roman ways of making wine, bottling in these vessels and leaving outdoors {rain, snow or shine} for three to nine months, depending on varietal.

The challenge set by the amazing and friendly photographer Jeff Sinon is to hone your eye to get the best shot – landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) – of the same scene or subject. Be sure to check out more inspiration and different takes on the theme over at The Daily Post! Now go shoot!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c