Pathway to the Beach

Pathway to the Beach at Cocoa Beach, Florida

Every time we are at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach, Florida, I take photos of these pathways to the beach from the parking lot. Every single time. I can’t explain it. It’s just what I do.

This particular part of the pathway is at the end of a boardwalk that takes you from the parking lot over the sand dunes and out to the beach. The path leads through the sea oats and out onto the sand, as you can see here. Not all that exciting. Or is it?

When Walt Disney and his Imagineers were designing Disneyland, they came up with the idea of a slow reveal as you walked into the park. First, you see the train station, then you walk through the tunnels under the station. When you come out of the tunnels, you can see Town Square, but you can’t see the castle yet until you walk farther into Town Square. They reasoned that allowing you to see things bit by bit was better than just throwing it all at you at once.

I think the same thing works here. When you are in the parking lot, you can’t see the beach, and you can’t hear the waves on the shore. But as you walk through the trees and across the boardwalks, you can start to hear the sounds, and you can see the water off in the distance. The farther you go, the more you can see the sand and the people, giving you a full view of the entire beach, which was hidden from you just a few moments before.

Or maybe I am just making too much out of it, and it is just the way that God created it because He wanted it that way.

Either way, I still like it. And the next time I am there, I will probably take more similar photos.

About the photo:
A single RAW exposure with the Canon EOS-M. Processed in Adobe Lightroom to give it more of the golden glow that I am always so fond of. Read more about the photo software and gear I use at the camera gear page.
Camera: Canon EOS-M
Lens: Canon EF-M 18-55mm

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