Pickering Beach, Delaware
This spring I visited the shores of Delaware Bay to photograph the annual Atlantic Horseshoe Crab spawning ritual and the corresponding migratory bird activity. What I did not expect to find, especially in a tiny beach town in central Delaware, was a gathering of nearly 200 Buddhists from as far as several states away who had come for an annual "Blessing of the Horseshoe Crabs"! I had been photographing shorebirds since just before dawn and had headed back towards my car for breakfast and came upon the begninnings of a celebration, with a large group of people forming (where I had to this point seen only a few other people), many among them donning the colorful robes of Buddhist monks. I stayed and soon began an amazing ceremony of singing, chanting and blessings to the amazing Horseshoe Crabs. During the chanting this horseshoe crab came ashore, and I was able to stand in the water to capture this image of the ceremony and the creature it was honoring. This was one of my favorite images from my trip to photograph the horseshoe crabs, and it was for sure the most surprising and unexpected!
Shot as RAW, Processed in Lightroom, nothing added or removed.
Canon EOS 7D, 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 Lens, Handheld