Photos courtesy of M. Crane. Taken September, 2008. Published by E. with permission.
These two sunrise beach shots were taken by a friend on an outing we took together last September. As I sat wrestling my digital camera from its box, searching for batteries, my friend, who loves photo outings as much as I, snapped these. I love the beach but rarely have the energy to get up at 5 A.M. on a weekend. Driving through darkness to reach our destination was quiet as the normally bumper-to-bumper traffic was non-existent.
There was something peaceful, yet invigorating, about that morning on the beach. A light wind, the faint scent of salt and sea, and little traffic, human or otherwise, brought to mind images of the old Florida of my early childhood visits to the U.S.
In those days, mom-and-pop seafood eateries and low-rise, fifties-style motels dotted the landscape in many beach communities and it wasn't unusual to see picnics spread on blankets in the sand or kids with buckets building castles of various configurations that they would eventually knock over with glee.
Unlike the beaches of my childhood home, which rested on the whitest sand I'd ever seen and had depths of azure that one could see into, this one featured lots of bits of glass, stone and leaves. Later, I spied a wedding being set up behind us, a few dogs walking humans and some kids picking up litter...