Pickering Beach, Delaware
Hundreds of thousands of Atlantic Horseshoe Crabs (Limulus polyphemus) come ashore at high tide near the full and new moons in May and June to spawn. The shores of Delaware Bay are among the best places to see high concentrations of these ancient creatures as they perform a ritual many millions of years old. This photograph is lit entirely by the full moon. I used a 30-second exposure as the waves came in and thousands of crabs came ashore at high tide. This was a wildlife spectacle the likes of which I have never experienced, and in the middle of the night by moonlight in Delaware no less!
Shot as RAW, processed in Lightroom, nothing added or removed.
Canon EOS 7D, 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 Lens, Gitzo 1325 Tripod, Arca-Swiss B1 Ballhead, Wimberley Sidekick