Day Break

Morning Buffet

Morning Buffet


Most people enjoy the beach during the day. I have always burned easily,  so I tend to avoid the beach during “hot” part of the day. Instead I prefer my visits to be during the early mornings or late evenings.


Since I’m the only one in my family who doesn’t consider getting out of bed early on weekends or vacations a mortal sin, I usually take this walk alone. It’s amazing how the beach will just come at live at sunrise.


the silhouette

the silhouette


When I have a question about birds I now think about Denise Ippolito. For those who know Denise you know why. For those who don’t you need to visit her blog,  A Creative Adventure. So the following is a question for Denise.  What are the little fellows eating?  They are so funny. When you first see them it appears that they are afraid to get their feet wet. Then I realized that whatever it is that they are after is being brought up on the edge of each wave.


morning scratch

morning scratch


After seeing the movie Finding Nemo a number of years ago, I just can’t help thinking of the gulls in the movie saying “mine, mine, mine”, every time I see a sea gull. Whoever thought of that line really nailed it. I hope they got paid well.


sunrise flight

sunrise flight


The sunrise is so beautiful along the beach, and the birds flying along the shore. It was like the were screaming take mine picture.





  1. Marc November 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Gorgeous light at that time of morning makes for a great set of images Phillip. My favourite time to go out and shoot is definitely dawn, its so rewarding when you have nice light such as you have here.

    • Phillip November 13, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

      Thanks Marc. I think most photographers would agree that mornings and evenings provide the best light. I just love that low angled golden light.

  2. Adam Allegro November 14, 2011 at 5:22 am #

    Lovely shots – all of them. Very well captured and processed. Well done!

    • Phillip November 14, 2011 at 11:34 am #

      Thanks Adam I really appreciate it!

  3. Len Saltiel November 14, 2011 at 6:03 am #

    Excellent series of images Phillip. I too prefer the beach early and no, I don’t know what they are eating.

    • Phillip November 14, 2011 at 11:35 am #

      Thank you Len. What ever it is they enjoy it! 🙂

  4. A Creative Adventure November 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Phillip, “The Silhouette” is outstanding and I can only say I wish it were mine! Very well done.
    Thank you very much for the kind words and the plug. Most Sandpipers eat small crustaceans, insects, worms and even mollusks and more… at least that is what I believe to be true.

    • Phillip November 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

      Thanks Denise, I like that one too. We figured that it was some type small aquatic crustaceans or insect, but we never saw what they were after. One time before we found some little creature that would bury itself in the sand each time a wave came ashore. However we never could find any information on them either. Whatever it was there was a lot of them and these guys were having a time hunting them down.

  5. Kris Koeller November 15, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Great work, Phillip. Looks like you’ve recovered from your SD card woes…

    • Phillip November 15, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

      I appreciate it Kris. Yes, one problem down and one to go. I’ve got an interview tomorrow so this may be this this will be the week!

  6. Jimi Jones November 15, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Great set of images, Phillip. Very nice light and they are all so nicely composed. Nice job!

    • Phillip November 15, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

      I appreciate it Jimi. It’s hard to beat that early morning light.

  7. Otto von Münchow November 17, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Great light and beautiful colours

    • Phillip November 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

      Thank you Otto Von, i appreciate it!

  8. A.Barlow November 17, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    Very cool set. Gotta love the beach animals 🙂

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