What would a trip to the beach be like without photographs taken at sunset? Everyone does this. They take the cameras to the beach— big or small—elaborate or a simple point and shoot. Trust me the beaches in the evening at Sanibel and Captiva are always busy.

The end of the day become some sort of celebration where everyone smiles and talks. The water is so warm that it is literally  healing to the mind and soul. And walking along the shoreline with sandpipers dashing along in front of you becomes one of the most relaxing things you can do.

And there is always a mindless hobby waiting for you: picking up sea shells. Once you are there, you quickly abandon the desire to collect only the prettiest and the largest shells. In fact, once your toes hit the sand even the most common of shells become pretty special.