Sunday, September 25, 2016
Race Point Light Sunset, Herring Cove Beach, Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA
I didn't intend to walk in the water. Really. I am an adult not a 5-year old. I had on regular shoes and socks - not the waterproof kind. The tide was going to be low, I was optimistic, and I thought I could stay on dry sand or sand bars and successfully walk from the Herring Cove Beach parking lot to Race Point Light under the conditions......
....but it was a long walk and it turned out even at low tide that there was a lot of water between us and the lighthouse.
I was with a group of Amy's photographers and our goal had been to photograph the sunset at Race Point Light and then a short while later, the moonrise from the opposite horizon. We were almost successful. The sky was certainly glorious enough but........
....try as I might, I couldn't get across all the water to get closer
I carried both of my point-and-shoot cameras on this walk. My regular camera has a 1" sensor (Sony DSC-RX100M2) but only a 3.6X optical zoom (equivalent to about a 105mm zoom in 35mm camera language), and, my older model with a tiny 1/2.3" sensor (Sony DSC-WX500) but it has a 30X optical zoom (equivalent to about a 700mm lens).
The water was warm on my soggy feet, the air temp and breeze were comfortable, gulls were crying out, and the sky was on fire.
It was a special moment in a beautiful spot on the planet.
After I returned home, it took my shoes three days to dry out....... I'm not sure they'll ever be the same. I like being 5-years old again.
I walked way farther over more difficult sand than I had expected or desired. The long trip back to the parking lot was in near total darkness but, all in all, I felt enriched and inspired by the beauty of this hard-earned sunset, standing in a wetlands with an iconic lighthouse in the distance, feeling the richness of natural life all around me.
I earned that view and it was even better because I had to expend a lot of effort to achieve it. Another life lesson........especially for a 5-year old in wet shoes.