Plum Island

Sunday (July 14, 1013) – The Newburyport Photowalk group held a Meetup at the Plum Island Lighthouse. E & I headed up there after our afternoon at the Butterfly Place. About 20 members of the group attended. We spent some time down on the beach photographing the water and the pier. Then everyone headed over to the lighthouse.

It was nice to have other photographers around to share ideas with and to give and get advice on camera settings and composition. However, having so may people in such a small area made for some difficulty setting up shots. Someone was always wandering into someone else’s frame.

It is a very beautiful area and I will probably find myself up there again someday, but I could have done without the Noseeums and Greenheads. Below are a selection of my photographs. Enjoy!

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Chatham

Saturday (June 22, 2013) – For the weeks leading up to this day, we have been inundated with hype about the “Supermoon”. The photographer in me had all these fabulous shots in my head that I could capture. How could I head off-Cape without at least trying?

So, I slowly started to head West and timed my arrival in Chatham with the sunset/moonrise. Unfortunately, there was too much cloud cover to really see much until after the moon had fully risen into the night sky. But I got some good ones after the clouds cleared and as well as some shots of Chatham Light while waiting for that to happen.

Here are my favorite shots from Chatham. Enjoy!

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Rock Harbor

Saturday (June 22, 2013) – After Nickerson State Park, I meandered further East along Route 6. Taking a random left, I made my way into Rock Harbor in Brewster. This is one of the few towns on the Cape that I have never been to, so I didn’t know what to expect.

It is a small harbor that very nearly empties when the tide goes out. And boy, does it go out. I walked for a really long time and went really far out and the water never got above my knees. Actually, it was barely above my ankles for most of the time and much of the sand had no water at all. There were tons of hermit crabs and snails to be found in the numerous tide pools.

Here are some shots from my explorations. Enjoy!

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Trees make great traffic signs for the boats! (When there’s water, that is!)

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As the tide goes out, the channel nearly completely empties. It only fills up enough for boats to return at high tide in the afternoon. If you don’t get out in time, you are stuck at the marina for the day. If you do get out, I hope you don’t need to come back in early!

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Nickerson State Park Creatures and Critters

Saturday (June 22, 2013) – I had to pack up in the morning and check out to head home. Rather than get on the highway to deal with Cape traffic of everyone else that had to check out this morning, I instead directed myself further onto the Cape. First stop, Nickerson State Park.

The scenery wasn’t much to look at – lots of tree with several ponds scattered throughout, but I encountered lots of birds and bugs on my walk through the woods and around the water.

The birds were more heard than seen and when seen, would dart away just as soon as I managed to find them in my lens. I did get lucky a couple of times, though.

Below are some of my favorite critters from the morning. Enjoy!

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Mayflower Beach Sunset

Friday (June 21, 2013) – Besides being my favorite Cape beach to go during the day, Mayflower Beach in Dennis is a great place to catch sunset over the water. Being on the East Coast in  New England, there are limited places that you can see the sun setting over water. Sunrise over water, no problem, but I would have to get up REALLY, REALLY EARLY to be able to capture a summer sunrise. Anyone that knows me, knows THAT isn’t going to happen often! LOL

Dennis is on the North shore of the Cape, inside the hook, so you are able to look west over the water towards the Canal. On a clear day, you can even see a hint of Boston beyond that.

Here are a few of the shots I captured as the sun sank into the horizon and during the blue hour that followed. Enjoy!

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I had a little fun playing around with the 360 degree panoramic setting on my camera.
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Sunset on Menauhunt Street

Thursday (June 20, 2013) – As the sun began to set, I packed up and continued along the shore, eventually winding along Menauhunt Street in Falmouth. As the sky turned red, I made my last stop of the day in an area called Bournes Pond. I set myself up for some sunset shots over the saltmarsh. There was a bit of a breeze, so not even the mosquitoes could deter me from staying until the last glow of the sun faded into the darkness of night. Below are a selection of the shots from the night. Enjoy!

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Trunk River

Thursday (June 20, 2013) – I followed the shore road and wound my way into the Trunk River area. It’s a tiny little area where River Herring apparently go to spawn, but none were in evidence that day, having finished doing their business between March and May. Many a bird could be heard in the trees and marsh grass that surrounds Trunk River and Oyster Pond, but they were elusive and few were seen. Even fewer were caught by my lens. There were some pretty little flowers that manage to survive the wind and waves that buffet the jetties. Below are a selection of my favorite shots from the area. Enjoy!

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