When you are on vacation in the tropics, you are supposed to take it easy and relax. This is not one of my fortes, however, and so it was that I found myself on a long stretch of beach at 5 am with no company but a few shorebirds (you can actually see one at the edge of the water in the bottom right corner here).
The reward for hauling oneself out of bed so early varies from day to day, but sometimes, as with this morning, the stars align, both literally and figuratively. Here I have captured three boats that were gently rocking in water smoothed out by a long exposure, while above them, the sun begins to paint the sky while still well below the horizon. The bright light above them is a crescent moon, and the small dot to its left is Venus. The white clouds upper left look like noctilucent clouds, but I am not sure it is even possible for them to form at such a low latitude, so their exact nature remains a mystery to me. It could be that they were simply being illuminated by the moon.