Just to prove that the Carmel Beach isn’t only for shivering tourists and sex-crazed teenagers, the City of Carmel and the Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects put on a yearly sandcastle contest. Today was the 48th edition of the contest, which is only announced a day or two ahead of time to keep the crowds manageable and the participants local and “amateur.”
This year’s theme of “Carmel Doghouses and Playhouses” inspired a remarkable number of sand-crafted dogs.
Including this gravity-defying threesome.
But there were traditional castles, as well.
This is a frog catching a fly.
Like most things worth doing, serious sandcastle building requires focus …
… and meticulous attention to detail…
… while destruction lies always close at hand.