Whether it’s quality time or quiet time, a little “QT” usually goes a long way. And that’s exactly what we got at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. An awesome boardwalk, quiet beach access, a kayak launch, and some really interesting plant life all made our time at the park that much more enjoyable.

The John D. Boardwalk is one spectacular gateway to the beach, that’s for sure. And what a place to get those creative juices flowing, as there are many—and I mean many—great spots to capture on film. Well, that may be a little dramatic, but it was a pretty juicy spot.


The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it. – Richard Bach


Boardwalk Sparkle at John D. MacArthur State Park

Boardwalk Sparkle


Calm Waters at John D. MacArthur State Park

Calm Waters


West End Boardwalk at John D. MacArthur State Park

West End


Beach Time at John D. MacArthur State Park

Beach Time


Nickerbean at John D. MacArthur State Park

Gray Nickerbean


This last photo is of a cool little plant called the Gray nickerbean—check out the bird’s-eye view of its olive green beans. These little buoyant beans can float around in the ocean for months before they decide to wash up onshore and sprout. Doesn’t it have a slight resemblance to the mysterious Venus flytrap? If I only had brought my 100mm macro lens; I about fell over the side of the railing trying to get a good shot!

For the nature lovers in the audience, don’t forget that April 22nd is Earth Day. The moon will be at 100 percent by then, which technically makes it an Earth ‘n Moon Day, so my plan is to capture this special day on the boardwalk with some moonlit shots.

Have plans of your own for Earth Day? We’d love to hear about it.