Mini Vacation

The first time in twelve years my husband and I finally took our first mini-vacation with our two dogs, Bree (12) and Willow (6). We found out that Willow is a beach dog! She loves the water; however, Bree is still very cautious about it. She does not like Willow or her parents close to any body of water, no matter how small or how large. It’s just the way she is.

We traveled across the state of Florida to St. Augustine Beach. It was beautiful and, for me, extremely hard to turn that ‘work mode’ off. I needed to do that so I could enjoy time with my husband and pups. It’s like how hard is it to just sit on the beach watching the waves and realize how fortunate you are to have an incredible husband and two beautiful pup-daughters. I managed to make it past an entire day. 

After a morning walk on the beach, a scenic ride that included a small nature hike, we decided to let the girls rest in the room. I finally took my Canon 7D Mark II out of the suitcase, and my husband and I got our moment to walk the shoreline. 


Water hugs the coastlines of Florida. On the west, it’s the Gulf of Mexico, the south is the Florida Straits, and the east is the Atlantic Ocean.  That is just one aspect of Florida that makes this state such a great place to live and more reasons to increase conservation awareness as well as learning more about Florida’s flora and fauna.  

I think I could take hours and hours photographing the ocean waves. After taking a few minutes to watch the waves in action, I noticed a few focus points that would be really neat to photograph and created quite a challenge. Who doesn’t like a photographic challenge, right?

First, how are waves created: Waves are caused by energy passing through the water, causing the water to move in a circular motion- What causes ocean waves? : Ocean Exploration Facts: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research just in case someone asks you.

Focus point one- Opposite waves merging. 

I noticed one wave traveling left and another traveling right until both waves merged. How unique is that? But seriously, how can two different waves created in other areas with varying wave directions meet simultaneously at the exact moment, and how can I time my shots to capture that very moment. Challenge accepted!

Merging Waves

Focus point two- Just before crashing

Timing your shot just before the waves crash.

Before the Crash

Focus point three- The curve

Take a photo from the side of the wave, just as the wave curves. Well, I couldn’t really do that one because I didn’t have an underwater camera, but maybe someday I’ll be able to take that shot.

So go ahead and take a gazillion photos of the waves! Enjoy the sounds of the shorelines, soak up the sun, and remember being where you are at that moment is your connection to nature. 


We saw a few shorebirds on the beach; Willet, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, Gulls, and Brown Pelicans. 

Have you ever watched Sanderlings? They are flippin’ adorable! Those tiny little legs go like a mile a minute running up and down the shoreline, trying to catch a snack in between the retreating waves.

Link to Shorebird Identification:

Being Creative-Photoshop Tip

I used to be into those photoshop actions that manipulate images, but it got to the point where it took too much time away from being outdoors. However, there are times when I feel a photo can be more than just a photo but a piece of art, and if I can do it within a couple of minutes, that’s perfect for me.


Just a few exposure adjustments in photoshop and apply the oil paint effect, and there ya go!

Have a wonderful day!

3 replies

  1. It is always nice to have a change of venue once in awhile. It doesn’t hurt that it’s at the beach!

    Great tips on photographing at the shore.

    Now, if you could just find a way I can avoid all the camera/lens cleaning I have to go through after a day in the salt, sand and water!


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