After working all this Saturday with my ass in seat, I needed some exercise, so I hit the beach. I planned to stroll a bit, then head back to the Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) tower for sunset. It was coudy, but there was enough light reflecting on the sand to keep drawing me further down the beach.
This time of year I had plenty of company. This area is a fishing hotspot (though I didn't witness any catching) and a good number of people were enjoying the beach.
At one point the beach lit up! That was when I knew the sunset was going to be something special.
There were lots of trucks parked at the inlet, with more heading down the beach. You need the federal permit if you want to do the same. In the distance I could see lots of fisherman in the water near the breach, and that in combination with the amazing sky made me realize I was going was going to walk all the way to Bellport Inlet (Old Inlet) for sunset.
This time of year, the sun sets straight across the inlet, and you can see the shade structure outlined at Ho-Hum Beach across from Bellport. It's a stunning sight! There seem to be communities of fishermen in different spots along the beach, and the new inlet community is quite an adventurous one, braving the crashing waves.
When you walk to New Inlet for sunset, it's a fact that you will be returning in the dark. As a photographer, you also know the the sky can get quite dramatic after sunset. This night, it was gorgeous in all directions.
The hike round trip is about three miles. I like to embark about an hour and a half before sunset, because I'll get lost in my own world watching waves and birds, and scanning the shells and rocks. The way back is quicker, though if the moon is out, you'll be taking time to admire that as I do. On this night, the crescent moon peeked in and out of the clouds. It was a memorable sunset- well worth the hike- though I have never been sorry for being drawn all the way to Old Inlet.