It seems a little strange to be thinking about Christmas in August, especially in the subtropics, where the beach-side temperature was just a few degrees below scorching. I was lulled into a false sense of security regarding over-exposure to the sun, due to the brisk breeze coming in off the water - the breeze accounting for the few degrees below scorching. After jumping up and down in the waves with my granddaughters for the better part of the day (I'm still experiencing the motion of waves as I sit and write this), I discovered - too late - that my skin had taken on that freshly-cooked lobster hue.
So, as I took shelter under our sun umbrella on the beach, and feeling like I was still sitting in the direct sun, I noticed a few of our feathered friends waiting patiently for a handout (no, we didn't give them anything). I took out the camera and found that one in particular had some resemblance to the most famous of Santa's helpers. I'm sure Santa can always use a little extra help during his busy season.
(70-200mm f8 1/1000 sec ISO200 - both shots)
can you spot him ?
how about now ?