Uploaded: June 03, 2012 06:15:17


Shot this just after the most recent charity Polar Bear Plunge in Long Beach, New York, last February.
Two of my steps took the plunge, along with some of their teen-aged children.


It was a balmy day for February, and I found myself perspiring in my winter weather gear.

Exif: F Number: 6.3, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/320 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 100, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 54.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D


Monnie Ryan June 03, 2012

Beautiful stretch of wonderfully deserted beach, Michelle! I do love cold, but not anywhere enough to go jump in frigid water in the middle of winter (kudos to those who do it for a good cause)! #1466859

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-classic June 03, 2012

What a great shot! I really like this..but not enough to go jump in the cold water. LOL #10166892

Neal D. Hatcher June 03, 2012

Beautiful capture-Amen to Carolyn #10167094

John Connolly June 03, 2012

A nice tidy coastal scene Michelle! I list our beaches as off limits from now till next summer! #10167147

Kathy Reeves June 03, 2012

Beautifully done, Michelle. Excellent work! #10167237

Anthony G. Comella June 03, 2012

Superb capture, presented perfectly!! #10167284

Terry Cervi level-deluxe June 03, 2012

Maybe you should have taken the plunge too, Michelle! You did say you were perspiring. Very nicely done! #10167310

Jeffrey R. Bange June 03, 2012

Great capture Michelle of this beautiful deserted beach and I just love your title. #10167364

Gerri R. Jones June 04, 2012

Lovely soft tones on the horizon...beautiful serene image, Michelle! #10167819

Ann Coates level-classic June 04, 2012

Beautiful serene beach scene, love the solitary bird. Good on those who took the polar plunge, all for a good cause. #10168059

Jill Odice level-classic June 04, 2012

Crazy folks swimming in icy water ! I agree with Carolyn :-) Beautiful scenery ! #10168110

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict June 04, 2012

I'd rather perspire and take the photo, than take the plunge. Beautiful simple capture of the scene. Love the colors, tones, comp, and the bird put it over the top!

Debby #10168425

Mike Clime June 05, 2012

Nice deserted beach and wonderful comp, Michelle! PS - I replant the wildflowers every Spring. #10169566

Leslie McLain level-classic June 05, 2012

Wonderful capture, Michelle. #10169769

Emile Abbott level-classic June 06, 2012

Beautiful beach scene. I will stick with the camera and let the other take the plunge. #10171126

Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic June 07, 2012

Beautiful in every way..fantastic comp, light, color and detail. Looks very peaceful and serene. #10171893

Patricia A. Casey level-deluxe June 25, 2012

Brave souls who jump into the water that time of year....around August might be nice, but February....brrrrrrrr....Beautiful capture Michelle.....love the watch of the seagull on the shack.....=^..^= #10199388

Carol Teal June 27, 2012

A favorite for me. I love this wonderful beach scene and would never have guessed it was so cold had you not told us! I could never take the plunge; I had the hardest time jumping in and swimming in the river in Townsend, TN in June. The water temp was probably 65-67, and it was freezing! Here in FL, we have springs that are 72 degrees year round, and that is cold! #10202451

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