Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Long Beach, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Plymouth's Long Beach hosts human beach goers, transient shorebirds, and regular annual nesters such as plovers and terns.  This three mile long peninsula extends into Plymouth Bay and provides barrier protection for Plymouth Harbor.

I joined an outing with the Plymouth Digital Photographers Club on this fine spring morning. The walk was led by Edmund Prescottano, the current photographic Artist in Residence for the Goldenrod Foundation.

Like most East Coast barrier beaches, sea grasses wave in the breeze while serving an important role to help stabilize the dunes and minimize sand movement.

Looking westward, Plymouth Harbor is visible through the gap. 

There were many shorebirds quite willing to pose for the photographers.

But if a human crossed some invisible line in the sand known only to the birds, the entire flock would take wing. 

I did learn that bringing a point-and-shoot camera to this type of outing is comparable to riding a scooter to a motorcycle race - same fundamental equipment but ill suited to the task at hand.  Oh well, it was still a spectacular day weather-wise to enjoy and share with good company. Long Beach is a special and beautiful place in Plymouth.

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