I captured this early morning shot on a vacation in the Outerbanks, NC. The sun was just coming up over the Atlantic Ocean and the peacefulness of the empty beach matched my quiet mind.
When I came upon this sand creation I wondered about the children who created it. They fashioned several turrets with a tiny plastic figure standing on the center one. Built the day before it survived high tide and welcomed the new day.
I thought it would make an interesting foreground for a photo of the rising sun, so I steadied my iPhone and prepared to take the picture. Just then a line of seagulls flew into the viewfinder skimming the water in search of breakfast.
The timing was perfect and the vacation was pretty great as well!