A friend of mine visited Kiawah Island, South Carolina a couple of weeks ago, and she was extremely lucky to be able to witness some baby Loggerhead turtles hatching on the beach! These turtles usually hatch at night, so being able to witness the event during the day must have been amazing. There were dozens of them hatching at the same time, and the Turtle Patrol was there to make sure visitors didn’t handle the babies improperly and to ensure the babies made their way to the ocean safely. Turtle hatching season takes place on Florida beaches from early May to very late October, so if you haven’t had a chance to witness this miraculous event, there’s still time!
Hopefully, your summer has been full of trips to some beautiful beaches. The weather is some parts of the country will be warm enough to swimin the ocean for at least another month, so there’s still time left to squeeze in one more trip! As summer winds down, though, it’s time to start thinking about how you can give back to a beach or coastline near you. Let’s clean up our beaches and oceans!
California Coastal Cleanup Day is taking place on Saturday, September 17. In 2010, over 82,000 volunteers removed 1.2 million pounds of trash and recyclables from California’s lakes, beaches and waterways – that’s an amazing effort! Let’s see if we can beat that record this year. California Coastal Cleanup Day is part of the larger International Coastal Cleanup Day that takes place ever year on the third Saturday in September. According to Ocean Conservancy, in 2010, 7.4 million pounds of trash were removed from our world’s waterways by volunteers. Incredible!
It’s Friday, and if you’ve had a week like I did, you probably need a good laugh. So when I randomly came across this picture, I knew I had to write a post about it. It appears that it’s as simple as it looks – a horse traveling up to 35 miles per hour pulls a surfer through the waves behind him. Just a horse pulling a surfer. Horse surfing.
Not surprisingly, there aren’t any pictures of horse surfing on Flickr. So, I’ll provide you with a link to a site with some really nifty photos about horse surfing in England. Check them out — it’s pretty bizarre. Happy Friday!
I will be the first to tell you that I am no photography expert – not by far! But, I do absolutely adore beaches, and I always take my camera with me, grains of sand be darned. When you take about 1,000 photos of beaches in one year, you’re bound to get a few that turn out well. I’ve learned a lot about how to frame shots and how to not fall into the trap of “cliche” beach shots, though I still do take plenty of those. But on the other hand, who cares? Cliche shots can be very pretty.
I thought it would be neat to share what I’ve learned from a couple of my own photos and then include a bunch of really fabulous, creative beach photos I’ve found on Flickr. Some people really have a good eye — it’s all about realizing that a beach is more than just sun, sand and water.
First up – My husband and I watched the sun set on Eagle Beach for a good hour, and took about 300 pictures. I took a break for a bit and watched my husband catch the remaining light. I loved this one because it capture him doing one of the things he loves to do most – take pictures.