My usual guide when planning a pre-dawn trek to the oceanfront is, of course, the weather. If the forecast is for full sun, I stay home. Full sun at the beach does not make for dramatic photographs. If it’s for a partly cloudy day, I go. If it’s for a mostly cloudy day, I go. BUT, if the chance of rain is above 40 percent, I will usually stay home. This particular morning, I made an exception. The chance of rain was 50 percent with heavy rain in some cells. I decided to go for it anyway. I packed up my rain gear including two extra large size Zip Lock Freezer Bags to house my camera bodies in the highly likely event, I would run into rain on the beach. Within ten minutes of leaving the farm heading east on the beach road, I ran into a mammoth frog strangler. Ten minutes later, I ran into another. When I arrived 40 minutes after leaving the farm, it was still raining, albeit, lightly. I waited for daybreak, then left for the oceanfront. When I got there, it was still sprinkling, but the sky and the light were cooperating and the sun was trying to blast through the clouds.
This view is to the East. (The beach on Emerald Isle is not oriented North-South but rather East to West.) The steps in the foreground were abandoned and left to the ocean after last week’s Nor’ester. I thought they added a bit of additional drama to the scene. When I looked West, toward Lands End, I got the sure sign that the rain was done, at least for the moment. .
It was the first rainbow I can ever recall capturing over the ocean in all my many years of coming here. The truck on the beach belongs to one of the surf fishermen drawn by the Spanish Mackerel and Albacore that were running. It was gone within five minutes. To the East, the Sun was coming up amid a glorious bank of clouds.
The roped off area is to keep those who have permits to drive on the beach off the barrier dunes. So my gamble paid off. What I wanted to get in the way of photographs, I got. But the window of opportunity closed quickly. Just as I was packing up my gear, it started to rain again. I read somewhere that you make you own luck. Maybe! Suffice to say, I was lucky. Thanks for the read and the look. See you next time.