Thinking I had the rainy weather on my side I drove to Pfeiffer Beach in search of un-trampled sand. Upon arriving I realized I had vastly underestimated the resilience of my fellow tourists.
As away from the foot traffic as possible I searched for smaller intimate scenes that would benefit from the wet sheen provided by the light rain and the soft light from the overcast sky. I came upon this single stone the sea had left between two large boulders. Feeling instantly that this was a photograph I tucked myself down between the boulders and began to set up my camera while marveling that one of the many children playing along the beach had not run through leaving tracks. While setting up two children ran past deepening my sense of luck.
I made the exposure and began to pack up my camera. As I started to stand I heard a very loud yell come from very close as a man called after the two kids who had ran past moments before. The volume of his yell was enough and the surprise of it startled me all the more. Enough to make me yell out as well. This in turn startled the man to whom I had just suddenly appeared from hidden in the rocks below him. We had a nice laugh and I walked back to my truck knowing I had just made a photograph that would end up in my portfolio.