A view of the incredibly wide beach at Land’s End on the Southeastern tip of Emerald Isle, NC in the late afternoon on Christmas Day. Visiting my wife’s family on the nearby mainland Christmas Day presented the opportunity before dinner that evening so I drove over to the Island for a quick jaunt through the public beach access to be welcomed by the curse of a blinding, cloud free sky. The Sunny f/16 rule (100 iso, 1/125th, f/16) helped but more extreme measures were required along the lines of f/22 and 1/1500th. I used the vehicle tracks to pull the eye into the shot. ( Permits can be had to allow driving on the beach presumably off season.) Click on the shot to bring the vehicles and people at the far end of the island into view. The f/22 aperture of course resulted in the sun star. Sunset would have been the ideal time for a few shots but as luck would have it, I had to get back for Christmas Dinner. Always those mitigating circumstances. Did I really just say that?