This photo was taken about four years ago on a winter trip to the ocean at Rye Harbor.
Part of the State Park system in NH, we have visited here at least a couple times a year for as long as I can remember.
This past year we were never able to make the trip and the ocean was surely missed by us both.
No matter what time of the year, there is nothing like smelling the salty fresh air and seeing the everchanging beauty of the water and waves as they rush along the shore.
The sea gulls, ducks, and sand pipers that are numerous in the summer are no where to be found in the winter.
But if one is really lucky, there are a couple of Snowy Owls that have been known to visit the area.
To them, this is their "south" as they nest and breed in northern Canada each spring and summer.
I have never been able to get a decent photo of one of these beautiful owls, but I was lucky enough one winter to see one.
He was easy to find though - the group of tripods and photographers were a dead give away that something interesting was going on down by the shore.
They were respectful and kept their distance as not to scare him away so we could all enjoy his winter visit.