With gorgeous summer weather and warm water, the sunset called to me. I took my littlest down to the beach after dinner. It had been a busy day and we both needed a little fresh air and freedom.
We played. She created a sandcastle and a new friendship and I made some beautiful photos with golden light and motion blur.
Her new friendship didn't come easily. She doesn't warm up to new people very quickly, but her new friend was persistent. Even though she did her best to ignore him in the beginning, he just kept right on talking and building. It didn't take long before she was laughing right along with him.
Creating wasn't all that easy at first for me either. I had the intention to use some motion blur but struggled to find the right subject matter. I kept reminding myself to trust the process and allow the image to reveal itself. So I took a few deep breaths and just enjoyed watching the scene around me, relaxing into the moment and allowing myself to be present.
With my awareness in the present moment, I was reminded why this is my favorite time of the day at the beach; the last couple hours before the sun goes down. The sand is cooling, tourists are packing up and there is this peace that comes over the beach. In that place of awareness, I noticed perfect opportunities to create what I wanted. I made room for the magic.
One of the photos in this blog post was featured as part of my weekly collaborative photo project, Life in Loud. To learn more about Life in Loud click the graphic below.