Family donates panoramic beach photo to their beloved Fenwick Island

Date Published: 
Sept. 8, 2017

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : The Hansen family donated a panoramic photo of their favorite vacation spot — the Delaware beaches — to the Town of Fenwick Island. Allen Hansen, right, was joined by his daughter, Alicia Hatcher, and granddaughter to present the donation.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : The Hansen family donated a panoramic photo of their favorite vacation spot — the Delaware beaches — to the Town of Fenwick Island. Allen Hansen, right, was joined by his daughter, Alicia Hatcher, and granddaughter to present the donation.Love for the beach recently inspired longtime visitors to donate a framed panoramic beach photo to the Town of Fenwick Island.

“Fenwick Island will always remain as one of our most pleasurable places to get to know,” said Allen Hansen, who has seen the Taj Mahal and flown over Venezuelan jungles and Mount Everest. “We pay back in a small way the happiness [this place] has brought for so many years.”

Hansen and his wife, Charmaine, had commissioned Pam and Tony Goodman of Atlantic Portrait Studios to create the image, which is a composite of 12 different photographs edited together. The photos were captured from atop a Fenwick Island sand dune near the Hansens’ vacation house. The final panoramic view shows the curvature of the Earth — a delight for someone who has traveled across the globe.

Over the course of Allen Hansen’s 32-year career as a foreign service officer in the U.S. Information Agency, the Hansens have lived in about nine different countries. About 40 years ago, his work colleague asked if the Hansens would like to trade vacation homes for a week, so the Hansens skipped the Shenandoah Valley one year to visit Fenwick Island. And they were hooked.

“We came here as frequently as we could … and we came to love Fenwick Island, as did our five children as they grew up,” Hansen said.

The town council this week thanked the Hansen family for their donation.