I am Shelley Smart, an artist and amateur photographer. I recently moved to “The Beach.” I wondered how a whole year of beach living would measure up. What wonders might I find or see? How would the days change or remain much the same? Is there a rhythm to the days? Did the wind always blow? And just how bad for you was eating and breathing sand? In an attempt to answer all these questions (and more) I’ve been compiling a daily record in photographs and words of A Year at the Beach since February 21, 2010. I hope you enjoy my blog.

Monday, June 13, 2011

June 12, 2011

Sunset often calls me to the beach. It's June and we call the fog that shows up most days "June Gloom." It lifts about an hour before sunset -- if we're lucky. The fog bank lingering offshore can create some interesting sunsets, IMHO.

Last evening it was breezy and quite cool but that didn't stop these kids from playing in the waves, albeit not very far INTO the waves!

I'm amazed how the waves vary each day, and tonight were quite glassy and smooth. I loved the way the setting sun polished them.


  1. Love the shots of the sun setting over the water. What beautiful colors!

  2. Shelley, your photos are breath-taking! I feel like I am right there on the beach (okay, almost on the beach). Thank you so much for sharing; these are lovely.

  3. I love sea fog. The smell and the feeling. Those West coast sunsets are fantastic.

  4. Shelley, these are amazing photos!!

    I just posted a response to your comment on my blog. Thank you for being there for me.