The Blue Angels certainly lived out their motto “Ambassadors of Goodwill” during 2020. Their “American Strong” salute honored healthcare workers, first responders, essential personnel, etc. They flew over hard hit states like Arkansas, California Florida, New York, Tennessee and more.
Memorial Day weekend, witness the amazing aerial artistry of the Blue Angels at Westmoreland County Airshow in La Trobe, Pennsylvania. They will unveil a new Super Hornet jet and perform stunts and reenact war stunts.
During air show season, the team is station at Fort Sherman Field, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. Their mission is bring aviation to men, women and children across America. For 74 years they have mesmerized over more than 450 million spectators.
If you’re heading to the Miami area for the Memorial Day Weekend, you may want to hit the brakes on those plans. South Beach has issued an emergency which will put a damper on Memorial Day fun. At Key Biscayne near Miami, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park reminds visitors that on a regular weekend it reaches capacity.
If you are hoping to miss the crowds and mayhem, check out these beaches.
Passe A Grill Beach
Sebastian Inlet State Park
Calusa Beach, Florida Keys
Lover’s Key State Park
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Amelia Island Lighthouse is Florida's oldest lighthouse. Originally built to guide vessels entering the St. Mary’s River and the Atlantic Ocean, the former Cumberland Lighthouse was moved due to changes in the channel that made it obsolete. It was dismantled brick by brick and transported by ship to Amelia Island. After being reconstructed, the lighthouse was lit in 1839 as Amelia Island Lighthouse.
The City of Fernandina owns and preserves the lighthouse. However, the Coast Guard along with the Coast Guard Auxiliary are responsible for the functioning of the beacon at the Amelia Island Lighthouse.
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Lighthouses adorn postcards and remind us of peaceful days gone by.
But my painting of Biloxi lighthouse is far from peaceful. It portrays the painful past of the lighthouse located on a busy highway not a peaceful shore.
The lighthouse has survived over 20 hurricanes, the Civil War and Civil Rights protests since it was built in 1848. It thrives on a busy 4 lane highway oblivious to the hustle and bustle around it. Biloxi beach was blackened by the BP oil spill that began in April 2010. People and wildlife still suffer from its repercussions today.
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When I visited the United Kingdom, I traveled to London's only lighthouse, Bowcreek Lighthouse. Trinity Houses manages lighthouses in Scotland and the United Kingdom. Trinity House used the facility to repair and dock lightships, and to store buoys from the River Thames. Bowcreek Lighthouse was also once a Training Station for prospective light keepers.
I dragged my daughter along for my visit to Trinity Buoy Wharf where the lighthouse complex is located. She found shelter in a vintage cafe while I faced the blistering wind.
See my original European Lighthouses on Saatchiart.
Voted one of the world's most beautiful lighthouses, Fanad Lighthouse is one of 12 the Great Lighthouses of Ireland. It is located on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The Fanad Lighthouse was first exhibited on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 181.
Fanad Lighthouse was built after the shipwreck of the Royal Navy Frigate, Saldanha, where 250 people died. The only survivor was the Captain’s parrot.
There’s nothing as enduring as a mother’s love. Perhaps that is why Mother’s Day is the third most popular holiday in the world. Americans spent 24.9 billion dollars on Mother’s Day in 2019.
Mothers are often lauded for their heroics and sacrificial love. Often this love goes unrequited beyond Mother’s Day.
During the Pandemic 25% of women say they are worse off compared to 18% of men. It impacted women in jobs lost and those who left jobs because of caretaking responsibilities. It is being called the shecession.
This has compounded the inequities women already face. Women lag behind men in leadership positions and income. Perhaps the honor bestowed on women on Mother’s Day will one day translate into 365 days of equal treatment.
When I am not traveling to or painting lighthouses, I am writing or researching lighthouses.