One week before Labor Day, the beginning of the end of summer. I have mixed feelings about that since the fall weather is so cool and delightful, but the days at the beach come to an end. This picture was taken early one morning in Belmar, just as the sun was rising. It’s my favorite time to be there before the lifeguards and the crowds. At that hour, you can hear the waves crashing and the seagulls singing. The ocean was calm and serene as I was at this moment.