Pam Brown's family treated her to a birthday getaway in May at Melbourne Beach in south Brevard County. Although Melbourne isn't far from her home in Daytona Beach, Pam said, "I'd never have captured this spectacular sunrise unless we'd been staying on the beach." The quiet town of Melbourne Beach, situated on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River, has several historical buildings of interest as well as the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge and its beach, which is popular with surfers and folks just wanting to relax oceanside. As Pam commented, "Sometimes we have to travel — even a little distance — just to take the time to notice and to appreciate the beauty of our own state."
COURTESY OF PAM BROWN