Red sea fan rising up from coral. Though closely related, sea fans are not actually coral. They can be found in oceans around the world but are most common in the tropics. A yellow sea fan can be seen to the lower right while a purple one is off to the left. This picture was taken off the coast of Grand Cayman.
Storms out in the Gulf of Mexico will sometimes send foam onto the beaches. While this can sometimes be a problem, it is often a natural occurrence and of no danger. Taken on Caspersen Beach in Venice, Florida.
No matter what time of year, chances are pretty good that people will be at the beach in Florida. Locals will bundle up on a cold day while tourists and snowbirds will treat it like a sunny day. Here you can see folks in jackets while a shirtless boy plays in the sand. Grain has been added to this photo to enhance the atmosphere.
The virgin islands were purchased by the United States from Denmark in 1917 for $17 million. The US bought the islands to make sure Germany could not use the islands as a submarine base during World War I. St Thomas is home to Charlotte Amalie, the islands’ capital. It is also a favorite destination for travelers.
The lighthouse was added to Egmont Key in 1848 but was replaced in 1858 after several hurricanes damaged the original structure. The top of the lighthouse was removed in 1944 the top of the house was removed to install a new beacon. The lighthouse was manned until 1989. At the time the lighthouse was the last remaining manned lighthouse in Florida. The channel that passes the island is the main shipping route in and out of Tampa Bay on Florida’s west coast.
No Swimming!! High winds and heavy surf created by tropical storm Debby forced lifeguards to fly the red "no swimming" flag on Venice Beach in 2012. The high winds made even walking the beach a hazard.
When a wall was built around San Juan, Puerto Rico, doors were built as the only way to access the city. Over the years those doors have disappeared. This is the last remaining door, an entrance from San Juan Bay into the old city. The huge entryway is a landmark of its own right. It is open most days so tourists can cross through the thick walls from the promenade into the old city.
Taken in Sint Marteen in the Caribbean, this photo has been antiqued to give the feel of old sailing ships and the dangers they faced when close to shore. Because of the process there is substantial grain in the photo, a desired effect.
After a storms passes the wind and waves can create dangerous rip currents. These currents travel from beach out to sea and those not familiar with them can get caught and tire themselves out fighting the strong current. To help prevent tragedies most of Florida's beaches now have signs explaining how to escape the dangerous currents.
A Beach on the Dutch side of St Martin in the Caribbean. Light sand in the foreground is a marked contrast to the mountains in the background. Local merchants rent umbrellas, and water sport gear to tourists while others sell beer and refreshments.