sunrise and seagulls

Strange as it may sound coming from a city dweller, there's almost nothing in life that I love more than being at the beach. Not for the expected general sun-worshipping revelry, but I love the beach for all the other elements: the color of the sky, the sensation of a beach breeze, close encounters with coastal animals, the salty smell and subtle sound of an ocean wave. The beach is a place where these pieces can come together and when they do, all of your senses come alive as nature brings you back to the place you forgot you ever knew.

All photos taken at morning sunrise, Newport Pier, California.