Spring Beach Days

Saturday, late-afternoon, I had a “date” to meet some friends at the beach.

I was hot and tired from spending several hours shooting at Knott’s.

A part of me just wanted to go home and curl up on the couch.

But, there are few things as rejuvenating for my soul as being near the ocean.

I sent a text message to my friend, Nike, and warned her I was a disorganized mess.

She sent a message back saying she had all the details under control.

And by details?

She meant the snacks and cocktails.

My arm was completely “dead” from several hours of shooting.

Since I move my arm primarily by using my neck (and other upper-body-non-arm) muscles,

My whole body was screaming at me in protest from my (already) long day.

I decided to leave my camera at home, which is something I almost never do.

As I walked out the door, I changed my mind and grabbed it.

I’m sure glad I did.

Nike’s husband said our evening included “the best sunset we’ve ever seen.”

I’ve been doing beach night picnics with them for for seventeen years.

We’ve seen a lot of spectacular sunsets together in that amount of time.

He might be right, though.

It was pretty amazing.

The sun was a fire ball.

The colors were vibrant and stunning.

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Nike and her husband kept asking me, “Did you get that?” every time the sky changed to a new color.

I sat on the sand next to them with my camera set up on a tripod low to the ground.

We sipped cocktails and watched Mother Nature’s light show.

“Yep!,” I said over and over.

“No one will believe it’s real,” Nike said repeatedly.

“No, they won’t,” I answered.

After awhile, the sky grew dark.

All signs of the sunset faded, but we continued to sit and listen to the waves crashing in front of us.

Eventually, we heard a low rumbling sound and we knew a train was about to pass just feet behind us.

(In San Clemente, the railroad tracks run right along the sand at several beaches.)

My camera was still set up for long exposure ocean shots.

I took a sip of my cocktail, and rotated my tripod to catch the train.

I love night photography.

I love capturing light via long exposures.

I LOVE the train photo I was able to capture just then, in a matter of seconds.

My son has titled it “The Inception Photo.”

Did you see the movie Inception?

“I’ll tell you a riddle.

You are waiting for a train,

A train that will take you far away.

You know where you hope this train will take you;

But you don’t know for sure.

But, it doesn’t matter.

How can it not matter to you where the train will take you?

Because you’ll be together.”   (From Inception)

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2 Responses to “Spring Beach Days”

  1. Jan's Sushai Bar

    I love the train pic. LOVE. IT.

    You should be here, then you could photograph a half foot of snow, with more on the way this afternoon.

    • Suzanne

      I would love to photograph snow.
      It might not surprise you to hear I never have …
      Except from a distance when I see it up on mountain tops.
      I probably would suck at snow photography! : )


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