Fall is pretty glorious on the east coast. Recently we were enjoying some great late fall weather in North Carolina's Crystal Coast area. We had a very enjoyable breakfast at Yana's Ye Olde Drugstore Restaurant on Front Street in Swansboro.
We ran a few errands and decided to go over to Emerald Isle for a walk on the beach since the weather was so warm. We were surprised to find a fair number of cars in our usual parking lot, but there turned out to be very few people on the beach.
We headed off down the beach for a leisurely walk on the firmer than normal beach surface.
It pretty hard to describe how nice it was on the beach. The pictures can actually do a better job than my words. The water had just enough coolness to provide a pleasant contrast to the warm sand. The surf was pretty quiet and there was just a slight breeze.
We kept watching the schools of small minnows swimming in the surf. It was amazing how many we could see. It was about then that I started wondering if I had stumbled on the reason the Crystal Coast is called the Crystal Coast.
The clarity of the water was pretty hard to believe. I spent a few minutes trying to capture an image that would adequately show what I was seeing. I finally got the right small wave and snapped the shot below and to the right.
I hope that we can preserve the wonderful waters of the Crystal Coast for the next generation. If my guess is wrong about the "Crystal," in Crystal Coast, I would be interested in hearing the real story.
Find out about area events at this Crystal Coast website.