PHOTOS: A Night-Time Stroll On Seahurst Beach

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Photos and story by Michael Brunk

This past Saturday (Jan 1) the Environmental Science Center sponsored a free “Moonlight Beach Walk” at Seahurst Park.

This event brings the public together with trained naturalists in a unique opportunity to explore Seahurst Beach in the dark. With the sun down, the beach at low tide reveals sea creatures that normally hide during the day.

Past night-time beach walks have had up to 70 attendees and from the overflowing parking lot and groups continuing to arrive throughout the three hour event, they likely matched or beat that record.

Just seeing Seahurst Park at night is something of a rare treat since this area park closes early. The first impression I had driving in was that the park is really dark at night. For this event the only lights on in the park were at the bathrooms.

Leaving the warm car really drove home how bitterly cold the sub-freezing night was. Fortunately I keep gloves and a scarf in the car for these occasions!

Normally, the ESC has a nice fire going to provide some warmth for attendees but a Stage 1 Burn Ban eliminated that option. They still provided hot water for tea or hot chocolate and a few munchies though.

Once the event got under way, small groups accompanied by naturalist and equipped with lanterns and flashlights would head out onto the beach ready to explore.

Given the conditions and the logistics of lugging camera gear around the beach in the dark, I opted to focus on capturing the ambiance of the park at night rather than focus on individual details.

Dimly illuminated by the glow of distant houses and small pools of bobbing lights held by beach explorers, Seahurst in the dark is eerie yet beautiful. A fantastic opportunity for a photographer!

Here are a few more photos. You can click on individual photos in this story to view them larger.

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