In July of 2012 when I was still a Jersey Girl, some friends and I went to Point Pleasant for a day at the beach. Beach weather is always funny, one minute there’s clouds, the next full-on sunshine, so a few clouds didn’t damper our excitement. We decided to live like grown ups and do the beach a little differently than in the past. This time we were going to Martel’s Tiki Bar and their private beach where we could sip lemonade and vodka and watch the waves. When we got to the boardwalk it was packed for a weekday because everyone was evacuated from the beach due to lightning and thunder. I took this shot while we were waiting to get on the beach. It looked funny near empty with just umbrellas and coolers and no people – well two die-hard beachgoers were still there but it was mostly empty. Lightning was striking everywhere and I finally caught one of the strikes after a few attempts. A few months later, I would be moving to South Carolina so this trip meant a lot to me. I moved just two weeks before Sandy (the tropical storm) hit the Jersey Shore and changed it forever. Now these pictures not only hold fond memories for me, but they are sprinkled with a little sadness. I don’t always embrace change well, but with Mother Nature at the helm, you realize that some change is inevitable and you also realize just how small we are in this big world – we can’t control some things, they just happen.