Returning to the same beaches season after season and year after year reveals the resilience of what I have become to know as my "bone friends"

Dr. Sharon Hoffman

Dr. Sharon Hoffman has been photographing coastal moments around the world since 1985. Little Talbot Island State Park in NE Florida is a favorite as it is never the same place twice due to tides, storms, and wind which create ever changing driftwood and dune sculptures.

"Returning to the same beaches season after season and year after year reveals the resilience of what I have become to know as my “bone friends." 

 The driftwood bones of root and limb are often turned around, toppled and flipped over, covered or uncovered by sand, yet still providing a barrier against beach erosion. Who will win?  Wind, storm, tide, or the bone friends? Over time, the bones have shown me resilience, the value of friends, and being steadfast through the storms of life. Sometimes the storm is calmed, other times the person is calmed (Matthew 8:23-26).

Dr. Hoffman's passions extend beyond the lens as she is also a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist. When she is not behind her camera, she is looking into the mouths of her patients to relieve pain and provide comfort. You may find out more about this specialty at www.avdc.org.

Bone Friend over the course of years of storms, tides, wind, and resilience. The dramatic driftwood sculptures are my inspiration coastal fine art photography 

bone friends

Facing East 2013

Turned around and facing North in 2017

driftwood over time
driftwood photo
bone friend

Taken 3 months later in 2013