Photographer's Note


Some of the best beaches on the East Coast of the United States are found on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Beach towns with storied names like “Nag’s Head,” “Duck” and “Timbucktu” are strung along the length of the Outer Banks, in the manner of a sparkling pearl necklace. Historically, the most significant of the towns is also one of the smallest — Kitty Hawk — where in December of 1903 the Wright Brothers made the first heavier-than-air flight, launching an industry that literally took off. Sixty-six years later, astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin, walked on the moon. (July 20, 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of Mankind achieving this astonishing landmark.)

Between June 28 and July 3, my family spent a week in the town of Corolla in the Outer Banks, savoring the almost perfect weather. On the morning of our departure for Virginia, we drove out to a desolate beach north of Corolla. In the absence of any roads, the area is accessible only by four-wheel drive vehicles. Even then, my Honda-CRV managed to get stuck in the sand more than once. By 9:00 am, clouds began to roll in — portending the approach of distressed weather and signaling the end of the clear skies. When I saw the sunlight breaking through an opening in the clouds, however, and creating a sunburst effect, I pulled over to shoot a series of images. And, of course, the car got stuck! But how much more beautiful a scene can be with clouds rather than just clear blue skies!

The last photo I posted had featured a flock of pelicans, "Pelican Brief". In the present photo I am interested in showcasing the sunburst effect and the shimmering reflections on the wet sand, the pelicans having flown out of view.

I have decided to create a theme of Moods of the Sea with this image as the first in the collection.

I shot the photo in RAW-mode using a Nikon D200, 18-70 mm lens.

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