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Cape Cod Lights. December 21, 2010

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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From Saturday, a trip out to the Cape with Miss Lizz driving.

Frau B. woke me at 4am (again) and we headed east.  She knew just where she was going, and I was glad I wasn’t driving – it’s just not my neck of the woods.

A couple of hours and two big coffees later we pulled into Woods Hole just in time to catch twilight and dawn at Nobska Light:

That thirty second exposure sees Venus (in the upper right) transit enough to look oblong.  I’d like to see that as a much longer exposure, with Venus leading the star tracks across the deep blue sky.

Nobska Light was decorated for the season:

…as were, we would soon find, most of the lights we would encounter on our meanderings.

The coastline here is tall and proud and still rocky enough to build bulwarks of bullet-proof granite to forestall erosion:

Farther out the Cape is not much more than beach sand, in fact a terminal moraine left from the last Ice Age.  We’ll see more of that in a subsequent post.

Lizz had gone off ahead, and was getting set up for The Sunrise Moment when I caught up with her:

I was trying to capture some wave action, but this locale was a bit too protected by Nantucket to offer very much in that vein:

Finally His Highness made a dramatic entrance:

Not as much high cloud action there as a “nature photographer” might wish for, but still, I think, enough to justify the 4am start.

More to come from the other end of the day, out at the other end of the Cape!


1. Paul in ABQ - December 22, 2010

Awesome. Thank you again for sharing.

2. littlebangtheory - December 22, 2010

I’m glad you liked them. 🙂

3. Mauigirl - December 23, 2010

Wonderful pictures! Looking forward to part 2 from the Outer Cape!

4. Laurie B - December 24, 2010

Dramatic and wonderful, for sure. Have you ever considered just getting a cheap motel room and getting some real sleep before you venture out? You could sleep in and also grab great photos besides. Just askin’.

5. littlebangtheory - December 24, 2010

Hi Ladies, and thanks!

Laurie, I’ll probably do that this winter as traveling gets harder/slower and night photos under the stars become more of an option; for now, I’m opting for the cozy comfort and company of my dear friends in Arlington.

6. pagan sphinx - December 25, 2010

These are gorgeous, Ralph. The one with the rocks in the foreground is my favorite. We rarely get to the ocean except in summer and then it’s usually Nova Scotia. I guess that’s not too shabby!

Merry Christmas and Blessed Yule!

7. susan - December 25, 2010

The last shot really is the most spectacular but all are fine and I salute your effort to be up so early. Yawn..

ps: I wish you both a very Happy Christmas.

8. Paul in ABQ - December 27, 2010

Although this comes on the Third Day of Christmas, I want to wish you a very good one and a terrific 2011.

9. littlebangtheory - December 28, 2010

Again, thank you all.

Gina, they all seem to have rocks in the foreground! 🙂

Susan, it’s easy when somebody else is driving…

…and Paul, the same back atcha, with no desire to count the days.

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