This image is right out of the box, basically just as I shot it, nothing added or subtracted. It's not often that I post an image where I haven't processed it but this just seems to work for me.
I took this on Fort Lauderdale beach in southern Florida along the Atlantic coast. I got up early one morning to take pictures before the beach got too crowded. Actually, this was my second walk on the beach, I had been here before sunrise as well but as you can see the beach was still quite deserted, normal I suppose for a Sunday morning.
One thing that struck me was how the sand felt. As I walked my feet would sink in several inches, almost as though it were a type of quicksand. That made for an arduous trek up and down the beach. Another way to put it would be to say it was a good workout; either way it took serious effort. Anyway these imprints were left in the sand where others had walked. I like how it looks well trodden yet empty at the same time.
Funny thing is I didn't notice the seagull when I took the picture. That happens a lot, I'm usually so engrossed in looking for a scene that things can happen that I don't see until I look at it later. I think that's just a natural consequence of being out taking photos, good stuff is bound to happen.