Jan 23, 2010

At Bowman Beach

When we visit Florida's west coast during the cold Boston winter we usually take a trip out to Sanibel Island. It is such a fun place to spend a day. On our very first trip out to Sanibel we visited the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge which is a fascinating and wonderful place to explore. Side trips always lead us to the soft white sand beaches on Sanibel or Captiva. Dinner and margaritas await us in Captiva's outdoor restaurants at the end of the trip where we wrap up and reflect on the day.

This year we explored and spent some time on Bowman's beach and I took the opportunity to capture some beach impressions in B&W. I walked the beach with my camera for three plus hours and came across beautiful flocks of birds just standing in the cool breeze, tons of beach shells, and driftwood washed up on the beach. It was getting late in the afternoon and the sun was beautifully setting across the Gulf of Mexico painting the somewhat clouded sky in yellow hues. A scenic colorful sky unfolded and at first I refused to switch the camera settings from B&W to color but then couldn't resist. I switched back into color mode photography and after a dozen images I saw the potential for a great B&W seascape capture and continued for the rest of the day in B&W.

That day I wished that there would have been more time to get lost in nature's beauty and experience it to the fullest but dinner and margaritas were waiting!