First Shot of 2010

Sue and I took an evening stroll along the west end of Jones Beach to watch the first sunset of the new year.  The clouds had ideas of their own, and blocked the sun pretty well.  Nevertheless, we kept walking and eventually came to a long jetty that juts out into the ocean.  The tide was coming in and the strength of the waves kept building.  While I was looking through the viewfinder a renegade wave soaked my feet.  That's just part of the deal with nature photography.  Whether I fall in a stream, get rained on, or hit by a wave, I rarely have dry feet.  Meanwhile, Sue spotted several Horned Lark, and over a hundred Purple Sandpipers.  She also identified Common Eider, a Red Throated Loon, and Atlantic Brant.  A great day for bird watching!  I used a long exposure to capture this, my first shot of 2010.  Here's hoping for many more in the new year!

Camera settings: 17-40mm at 34mm, f11, 1 sec, ISO 100, tripod.