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40 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6- MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE cape Gazette A snow moon rises directly above a World War ll-era gunnery watchtower. DENY HOWETH PHOTO KEVIN FLEMING with two large canvas prints, the Harbor of Refuge, and a surfer at Herring Point, in Cape Henlopen State Park. Kevin's most recent book "The Beach," is photos of Delaware's coastline. 'The Beach'- Kevin Fleming captures Delaware's coast New book's images, text inspire By Henry J. Evans Jr. Kevin Fleming didn't appear the least bit stressed the day before printers in Hong Kong would begin putting ink on pa- per to produce "The Beach," the 23rd book he's published. "It's a substantial book. It's my biggest book ever. It's 240 pages, ll-by-14 inches, so when you open up a spread, it's going to be 14-by-22-inches." Over the course of two years, Fleming has been shooting the First State's shoreline. Some of those beaches have familiar names - Dewey Beach, Lewes Beach and Rehoboth Beach. Others, perhaps, are bit more obscure "The Beach" contains several aerial photos that when viewed closely are surprising. In an aerial with Rehoboth Beach as the focal point, Ocean City, Md. is visible. A longtime licensed pi- lot, Fleming has flown and shot simultaneously. But this time, friend John Chirtea's replica 1933 biplane turned out to be the perfect aircraft to shoot from as a pas- senger. "There's nothing on the sides; it's an open cockpit and I could shoot either way. But you've gotta wear a hat and a coat even in August because it's windy up there," he said. Wind and airplane engine noise make vocal communica- tion impossible, and the airplane doesn't have an intercom. "We've developed some hand signals. Up, down, left, right. If I needed to, I grabbed the stick or stepped on the rudder, being a pilot, to get it just right. "The day I shot this from Cape Henlopen at about 300 feet, I could see Atlantic city, New Jersey. That's like 60 miles away," he said. "This is one of my favorite aerials, Broadkill Beach with Primehook National Wildlife Refuge in the background. It's a simple picture. I tried to do the commonplace differently. That's hard to do sometimes," he said. "Usually, you' d be doing aeri- als at sunrise around here. But I did this near sunset, with the long shadows on the beach," he said, showing an 11-by-22-inch print looking south from Cape Henlopen and seeing Rehoboth and Dewey beaches. "Let me just say there's nothing more clich6 than photo- Every sunrise is different at Cape Henlopen State Park, Herring Point. graphing sunrises. But I'.ve taken these photographs well beyond sunrises at the beach," he said, showing the spread picture that opens the book There are images for all four seasorfs that, Fleming said, in- clude winter shots, something people who visit the beach only in warm weather don't get to see. The book's text is by Fleming, and he also uses quotations from Rachel Carson, Tibetan Bud- dhism writer Pema Chodron, Ellen DeGeneres and President John F. Kennedy. "I don't know if it's luck or intuition or something else, but I find myself in places where I get to just the right spot at the right time, and all I have to do is push the button," he said. There are six pages of green heron photos in the book, all of them shot in Fleming's Lewes backyard. "The Beach" at 11x14 features the beauty of the Delaware coast. "That's the best natural his- tory/wildlife photo I've ever shot," he said of a picture of an adult green heron squirting water from its beak into a baby Continued on page 44