Hikers, spelunkers, and other outdoors lovers often advise "take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints." As a photographer, I've always tried to adhere to that. Yesterday morning at the beach in Camp Helen State Park in Florida's beautiful panhandle, I found a lot of different footprints to photograph.
There was an abundance of crisscrossing tracks from people, raccoons, crabs, shore birds, and a lot I didn't recognize. My favorites were those of different species crossing paths like these of a child and a raccoon. Photographing early in the morning let me find many before the day's human traffic erased the beach dwellers' tracks, and the angle of the early morning sun helped define the shapes. I shot straight down with a 'normal' 50mm lens.