Q: How can you beat an early morning walk on the beach?
A: You can only beat it with and early morning RUN on the beach, followed by a nice swim in the ocean. (But none of this works very well if you're carrying a camera.)
I took the photo for this picture while visiting Pawleys Island, South Carolina.
My intent for this vacation was to get some extra sleep. But then when I realized what I'd be missing by sleeping past 6am, I got myself up out of bed and down to either the beach or salt marshes with my camera each morning.
It was totally worth sacrificing an extra hour or two of sleep, for the gentle sea breezes and salty air on the still-sleeping island.