It may not appear so in these photos but Surfside is probably the cleanest beach in close proximity (60-70 miles) from home. I recall flying home from Miami and noticing all the silt from the Mississippi river entering the Gulf of Mexico. It seemed to be predominantly to the west of the delta. Maybe there’s an anti-clockwise flow which would explain why Florida has white sand beaches and Texas has muddy brown ones. Certainly I find Surfside to be cleaner than Galveston, but maybe that’s because there are fewer people at Surfside.
This was the scene around lunchtime on a Thursday near the end of May. Although I’ve cropped it out from this view, there was only one other vehicle on this stretch of beach at this time.
Below is a variation on this theme. Here my mother snaps a memory to take back to England with her. This was the last time she visited the US and I fear she’s now too frail of mind to make the trip again.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Lens: Canon EF17-35mmf/2.8L USM
Processing: Lightroom 4 beta
Processing: Photomatix 4.02
Processing: Photoshop CS5
Processing: Topaz Adjust 5