Here in the Carolinas, we are blessed to have beee-youtiful beaches and no matter where in the states you live, you're never more than 5/6 hours from the coast. Here in Charlotte, I'm about 3 hours from the beach and I use my geographic proximity to warrant visiting the beach at least 3 times a year!
Another wonderful thing about the beach here is that we also have the Intracoastal Waterway. Many of the barrier island beaches have the beachfront part AND the back side of the island (that's towards the mainland) that is on the waterway or a tidal creek/sound and it's just as cool as the beach. It has tides just like the ocean and offers the chance to see sea life (crabs, dolphins, pelicans, etc) up close!! I find so much inspiration when I go to the beach. I could spend hours photographing many of the gorgeous beach front homes, beachgoing families or even just the sunrise over the water. When we stay on the waterway I usually go out at high tide to catch a glimpse (and maybe a photo) of the dolphins that follow the fish in with the tides. My absolute favorite thing is looking for the famous Carolina Blue Crab. I caught one of these one year while fishing on the waterway and I just LOVE the colors of the crab. Isn't it such a beautiful color palette?
Here are 2 collages from some of my more recent beach trips to Isle of Palms, SC.
Are you inspired by the beach? What is the most inspiring part of the beach in your opinion?