White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Friday, October 9, 2015

Silhouettes, Provincelands, Cape Cod National Seashore, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

Seeing this beautifully back-lit cloud gave me the idea to narrow my focus and just concentrate on capturing images of silhouettes.

Contrary to typical photographic guidance, I often enjoy pointing the camera directly into the sun to see what I might capture.

Sometimes, it works out well..........

....... and sometimes it's a little bit too cluttered to make much sense of.........

.........and sometimes, it's just pretty to look at and enjoy for a moment.

So here's my favorite of this series - the body language and posture of these two folks fascinates me, imagining their conversation.

A last bit of pink highlights the darkening sky. (Astute observers may recognize the hatted figure above). A beautiful place, the Outer Cape.  No wonder it attracts so many visitors to experience its magic.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Random Sights, Outer Cape, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

I had a recent opportunity to accompany a "Photography Events by Amy" photo tour in the Provincetown area on Cape Cod. On the way to P-town, we did some reconnoitering along the route. The image above was from Corn Hill Beach in Truro. 

Highland Light in North Truro.

Highland Light in North Truro. I'll have a separate post covering sunset here in a few days.

Blackwater Pond near Provincelands.

An afternoon sail from Provincetown Harbor.

Beach access road in Provincelands for authorized, permitted, off-road vehicles.

A beach path near the Old Harbor Lifesaving Station in the Provincelands.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dinnertime For A Peregrine Falcon, Long Beach, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

I have said before that sometimes it is better to be lucky than good - this was one of those times. In a lifetime of making pictures, I have never seen anything like this event.

I didn't see the exact moment of death.  There was an aerial flurry of movement in my peripheral vision as this Peregrine Falcon successfully launched his airborne high speed attack on a gull.  I think his eyes were bigger than his stomach, or said another way, his eyes were bigger than what his wings could lift. 

Try as he might, he could not sustain flight while carrying this large gull. And he wasn't ready to abandon it yet.

So he lands, he stands regally on his prey, he evaluates his options - should he stay here and eat? - should he abandon his prey and fly off? - is the human watching him too close for comfort? - will the human steal his hard-won prey? - can he make the human go away by staring at him with his huge and somewhat intimidating eye?

Survival and hunger must have won out - he decided to stay and eat - always keeping one of his piercing eyes on me.

According to my son, who happens to be an expert wildlife ecologist and ornithologist - (and yes, that is parental pride oozing out of the sentence), this was likely a once in a lifetime close encounter with a dining peregrine. If humans are nearby, they will seldom enjoy their catch on site but rather carry their prey to a more private setting. This time though, the sheer weight of his prey prevented him from carrying it away as demonstrated by his futile efforts to stay airborne with such a heavy load.

Although the American Peregrine Falcon is no longer included on the endangered species listing, I tried to stay as far away as practical. I especially didn't want to scare him into flying away.

A lucky combination of the heavy prey, the breeze from the southeast, and the low setting sun gave me a perfect photographic lighting and positioning opportunity - once in a lifetime, indeed! Too bad I only had my point-and-shoot camera. If ever there was a time I wish I carried heavy and bulky DSLR equipment with a faster and sharper lens and a bigger camera sensor, this was it.

And as the sun sets and the light fades, freshly plucked gull feathers litter the beach like sea foam.

In addition to this experience showing nature at its most basic live-or-die level, I think this encounter is a good demonstration of the widespread human attraction to photography. The god-like ability to stop time - to freeze a moment to examine it in more detail at both leisure and pleasure - photography empowers that and it is a pretty special capability.  

And speaking of more detail, my son was also able to photograph part of this event.  He has a REAL camera and a REAL lens and knows how to use them both. You might check his Flickr website at this link to see if he has posted his images yet - I would bet they will be razor sharp and even more awe-inspiring - just like his many other bird images! If you want to see and hear about more of his birding adventures, check out his blog, "Birding Across the World," for write-ups of some of his trips - Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Panama, Mexico, and Alaska to name a few.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Walk On Long Beach, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

On a recent sunset walk along Plymouth's Long Beach, I encountered our very own "Stonehenge." Well, sort of.......

One shell can alter the formation of these mesmerizing tidal sand ridges.

Family time on Long Beach.

As the saying goes, "Take only memories, leave only footprints."

Lights along the Plymouth waterfront are visible on the horizon as this perfect summer afternoon gives way to evening.

Monday, October 5, 2015

"Tribute to the Big Bands," Priscilla Beach Theatre, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Massachusetts, USA

Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT) recently welcomed two shows to the Barn Stage featuring the Barn Doors Orchestra performing a "Tribute to the Big Bands."

PBT's own 12-piece Barn Doors Orchestra, led by musical director Christopher Ricci (above), recreated the big band sounds of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, and Duke Ellington. 

This retrospective also included cameo vocals featuring PBT performers Maggie Irvine, Erica Morris, Emily Borges, and Matt Torrance. These images were made during rehearsal.

Emily Borges, Maggie Irvine, and Erica Morris.

Matt Torrance.

 Truly, it was a sentimental journey..................