I got a late start to the beach. I like to get there about 30 minutes before sunrise (sunrise is about 6:30) and to stay for another 30 minutes after the sunrise. That to me is a very magic hour. I love watching the colors develop.
This image was taken about 7 a.m. But with that bank of clouds, the sun really wasn't visible until a few minutes after this shot was taken. But I did like watching the suns rays melt right through the clouds in the middle of the picture. And the clouds above were picking up some of the golden light.