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Cape Cod, Part Deux. January 4, 2011

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(“Tish, that’s French!” )  Three points for nailing the reference.

So anyway, where were we?  Ah, yes, heading up/out the Cape in search of lighthouses and ocean views.

After catching sunrise at Nobska Light and the requisite (and totally recommendable) Big-Ass Breakfast at The Daily Paper in Hyannis, Lizz and I continued up-coast to Nauset Light in Eastham.  This light, like the Nobska Point Light, is comprised of a cast iron shell lined with brick.  It has something of an interesting history, having been threatened by beach erosion in the early 90s; it came within 50 feet of a collapsing sand shoreline before being relocated 336 feet westward to its present location.

It also has the honor of being the logo for Cape Cod Potato Chips.  🙂

We got there mid-morning, when the light isn’t particularly flattering or memorable, but I got this photo anyway:

The beach itself is well below the present location of the light:

In fact, Marconi built his station to send the first radio transmission to Europe not far north of here in South Wellfleet because of the substantial elevation above sea level.

We noodled onward, killing time during the flat light of mid-day, eventually getting up to Provincetown, the fabled resort mecca which is New England’s answer to Key West in Florida.  At this time of year it’s, um, sleepy to put it mildly, but in summer it’s reputed to be a really hopping place.  😉

This was fine with us, though; we weren’t there to photograph crowds, after all.

We parked along the Cape Cod National Seashore, where we found a visitors’ center shuttered for the season:

… and walked up the beach toward its Northwestern tip.

The dunes here are amazing:

…tall, extensive, and anchored by grasses which progress season to season:

They offered me an opportunity for this self-portrait:

Humor me, ok?

The walk up the beach seemed interminable, but was offset by views captured by Elliot, my TS-EII lens:

… terminating at Race Point Light at the farthest reaches of the Cape:

Lizz was hard at work capturing the details of the scene when I arrived:

She has a great eye for the geometry of details which routinely escape my notice.

Incidentally, if the idea of being a long way from the pavement and surrounded by crashing surf appeals to you,  the keeper’s house and out-buildings with amenities can be rented as B&Bs.

Bring a camera and an intimate friend.  😉

The walk back yielded this shot of a lobster trap washed up on the beach beneath a waxing gibbous moon:

…and a glorious sunset, despite the sub-optimal low clouds:

That’s another one courtesy of Elliot, getting a really nice depth of field to compensate me for my very wet shoes.

To top it all off, Lizz snagged us both a ride back to her truck in a passing Jeep, saving us the tedium of the return trudge in the dark.

Good company, great views and the kindness of strangers – who could ask for a better day out?

Not me!  🙂

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1. Cynica - January 5, 2011

The sunset shot made me gasp. Love the Addams Family, too!

2. littlebangtheory - January 5, 2011

“Bingo!” And that’s my fave as well – what’s not to like about sunset by the sea?? 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

3. Adam - January 5, 2011

Perhaps my favorite place on earth.

4. littlebangtheory - January 5, 2011

Adam, welcome! I’m not particularly an “ocean person,” but I’ve been enjoying my recent visits to the coast, and intend to get back there soon.

5. susan - January 5, 2011

Nice house. Is that where they lived?

They’re all wonderful shots. Thanks for getting cold and wet for us 🙂

6. littlebangtheory - January 5, 2011

You’re most welcomed! 🙂


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