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I’ve been going to South Cape Beach in Mashpee since I was a little kid. Until last week, I’d never been there with a camera. After finishing up a paid shoot nearby, I noticed the sunset was beginning to blow up and scurried over to South Cape Beach State Park. The tide was pretty high and the chilly wind was brisk, but I came away with a few shots I was happy with.
I can’t decide if I like the shot better with or without the silhouette of the two people walking along the beach.
I also stopped on the side of the road to take a picture of this marsh near Monomoscoy Island.
A wicked rainstorm blew through Cape Cod on January 18th. It rained furiously all morning and for most of the afternoon. Just as the sun was starting to set, someone somewhere hit a switch and the rain stopped. The storm clouds rapidly cleared away. I just barely made it to Sandy Neck Beach in time for an awesome sunset.
As the sun sank below the horizon, the sky lit up a brilliant purple color. Although Sandy Neck is almost 7 miles long, I only managed to explore around a quarter mile of beach before the light was gone. I worked my way from the edge of the dunes down to the edge of the crashing waves.
The early weeks of the winter of 2014 have been a weather rollercoaster on Cape Cod. We started the month out with a significant snowstorm that brought high winds and up to 14″ of snow to theCape. After shoveling out, I rode out on a fatbike to check out the storm. I’ve always thought that winter should be cold and snowy and it was nice to have a good chunk of snow around while it lasted.
On the day after the storm I brought my camera along for a walk at Dowses Beach with our dogs. The high winds during the storm had done a pretty good job blasting all the snow off of the beach. This left behind a crusty landscape of wind-sculpted snow. The light failed to really pop as the sun set but it was a nice day to be walking on the beach nonetheless.
The day after this image was taken the thermometer topped out at 58F, it started to pour rain, and all the snow melted in about 15 seconds. The weather since has been quite warm and wet, with only a few flakes of snow falling to melt on the warm ground. Safe to say I’m missing Montana right now.
I rang in the first sunset of 2014 at the Knob in Woods Hole. The Knob is a narrow, rocky spit of land that sticks out into Buzzards Bay from Quissett Harbor. The nearby property is all owned by a yacht club but the access path and the Knob itself are preserved as conservation land with public access. I’ve shot several sunsets here before but never quite had the best light or weather. Jan 1, 2014 was different.
Cold weather leading up to the New Year had left a frozen layer of rime ice blanketing all the rocks down near the ocean. As the sun sank below the horizon, it lit up the sky near the horizon and provided a great backdrop to the line of clouds racing off to the east. My fingers almost froze completely solid, but it was a fantastic combination of environmental and atmospheric conditions. Great start to 2014.
It’s been a while since I updated this blog. I didn’t get a chance to shoot very much during the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. I’m taking a ridiculous courseload this semester in order to graduate this May, working almost every weekend up at Big Sky Resort, and trying to find the time to work out and do my classwork on top of that. I did get the chance to spend some time in Florida visiting my family over the Christmas holiday, which was great. It was nice to spend some time in a warm climate and nice to see all my family who live down there.
I did get a chance to hike out to Race Point Lighthouse on New Years Eve. Race Point is one of three lighthouses stuck out on sandy dunes at the very tip of Cape Cod. It was a cold, windy hike out through the sand to get to the lighthouse, but we were rewarded with a nice sunset to end 2012. I came away with two images from the trip and checked one more Cape Cod lighthouse off my list.
We had an extremely busy and hectic July 4th week here on Cape Cod. The holiday fell smack dab in the middle of the week this year. Usually we have one hugely busy, crowded weekend, but this year we’ve had a hugely busy weekend, followed by a hugely busy, crowded week. Good for businesses, I suppose.
At any rate, Monday, July 2 I drove out to Orleans to shoot the fireworks display over Rock Harbor. Lucked out big time on parking and managed to avoid the mile plus walk that most people endured. We watched a beautiful sunset over Cape Cod Bay and the fireworks started about 15 minutes after the sky got dark. I struggled a little bit with exposing these shots. I didn’t have a cable release so I was triggering (with a 2 second delay) various exposures ranging from 2″ to 10″. It seemed like whenever I went with a longer exposure, a huge burst of bright explosions would blow out the entire image. Whenever I went with a shorter explosion, everything would be too dim. Fireworks are tricky. If you’re interested in a print of any of these images, you can use the buttons at the bottom of this post to check out the various options.