I took this in front of a beach restaurant last Sunday. We like coming here because we can eat at the waters edge and stare out to sea. We arrived for a late lunch that turned into an early dinner and then decided we might as well stay for sunset. Sometimes its best to go with the flow, especially on a weekend.
Staring out to sea is like staring at a fire. It's something that speaks to our subconscious. Once you start it's hard to stop, like a long hot shower.
This is my interpretation of the scene that evening. By that I mean I imagined the girl on the beach was soaking in the sun and that it was rejuvenating her. I removed people because in my mind this is not about a busy beach. In this story she is alone with her thoughts.
A lot of people come here from all over to escape the cold and soak up the sun. Our heroine is surely one of these people.
I am glad to see the reaction of others because it reminds me of how fortunate I am. I spend a lot of time on photography and that takes me to the waters edge. I try not to take it for granted.
I just read that the Gulf of Mexico will be warmer than usual this summer, that the water temperature has remained high this winter. That's good for the visitors here now; however in summer we'll have more storms and the scene will look very different. Regardless, I'll probably come back to capture someone else staring at the sea. The weather may change but our need to sit at the waters edge will not.