The photographer: Ric Burwell of Carmichael
Behind the lens: I took this shot at Magens Bay on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, in February 2011. This beach regularly turns up on lists of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, and it lived up to the hype. My wife and I had just one day on St. Thomas during a seven-day cruise and rented a car to tour the island, with Magens as a specific destination. The pelicans are pretty much oblivious to the homo sapiens sharing their water space, flying and diving right in among the partially immersed tourists. The precision and grace of their aeronautics is amazing, especially this close.
SEND US YOUR BEST SHOTS
Are you a traveler who never leaves home without a camera? The Bee wants you to share your best travel photographs with other readers. "Postcards From Readers" is a weekly feature that spotlights your shots from around the nation and world. Please submit your photograph, with a brief description of what is taking place and the photographer's name and hometown, to firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions become property of The Bee.
TRAVEL PHOTO GALLERY AND TIPS
Each week we pick a favorite reader photo and story. See them all in the Postcards From Readers gallery. Also, spruce up your travel photography skills with tips from veteran Sacramento Bee photogapher Randall Benton.http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/14/4631917/preserve-a-great-trip-with-great.html
LEARN TO MAKE BETTER TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHS
Veteran Sacramento Bee staff photographer Randall Benton will lead a discussion at 7 p.m. Wednesday about how to make better vacation pictures. This is the first in a series of photography workshops by The Bee's multimedia department.
To reserve a seat, go to http://buzzpoints.sacbee.com click on the Bee Events button and look for "Improve Your Travel Photography."
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