Before sunrise on Wrightsville Beach, just 10 miles from Wilmington. Took other pictures as the sun rose, but didn't get the gull against the horizon quite like this.
Summer is the best time, but this shot was taken in late winter. It was 27 degrees that morning. I was in town on business only for this morning, and was determined to shoot sunrise. The tripod was needed to steady the camera because my hands were shaking so badly! My fingers thawed out later. The shot remains and still calls to me.