(Received "Highly Commended" in the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) 13th edition and is displayed at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London. https://igpoty.com/competitions/plants-planet-13-single-results/)
For someone who has not been to Galveston Island in many years, I was expecting the place to be dingier, the beaches dirty and stinky like they used to be. The good news is the "Third Coast" is first class. Kudos to the volunteers and other crews that keep it clean. It inspired me to do my part taking out a couple of plastic bottles and cups left in the sand.
The picture does not reflect it but it was extremely windy and the fine sugar like sand kept blasting onto my face and into my eyes. It took quite a few tries and a little bit of sacrificing ideal camera settings to achieve this result. What helped was remembering how I shoot classical dance performances to capture these beach beauties in their act.
Healthy colonies of Beach sunflower (Helianthus debilis) looked cheery and had their fresh faces to the soft morning Sun.
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