My favorite time of day at the beach is after the sun has set and all of the sunset revelers have taken their drinks and their horns and their beach blankets and gone to wherever their evening is. It is after most of the shorebirds have flown to their roosts. It is after all the day-sailors have returned to port. It is after all of the day’s laughter has dissipated, when only hints of whispers remain. It is when only empty chairs populate the beach and the white sands have turned a steely blue-gray. It is then that the last lights of day linger for a few minutes longer and give one last shout-out of color to the quiet that remains.