Living on the South East Coast of Florida we see the sun rise here, it's actually a real challenge to find a place to see any kind of sunset at all.
So, when on the West Coast ... it's a real treat to head to the beach to watch the magical colors dance across the sky and the water. For an instant, the world seems to stand still and nothing else matters much.
The steady flow of traffic on the island moves at top speeds of 35 MPH and no one seems to mind. It's as if time has no real meaning there other than to mark sunrise, sunset or low tide.
Speaking of low tide ... not only is it the best time for bird watching, it's also the best time to find shells. Sanibel/Captiva Islands are known for some of the best shelling in the world.
This trip, I was focused on the birds and my beach visits were usually near sunset. So, I had to dredge through the piles of left over shells like the ones in the photo above to find a few diamonds in the dust.