Back to Plum Island

November 18, 2014  •  5 Comments

The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge occupies most of Plum Island in Newburyport. It's one of my favorite places to shoot partly because even if I come back with nothing worth printing, I still spent a good chunk of time walking on a spectacular strip of sand. Every time I get close to the turnoff toward the refuge, I feel the familiar sense of anticipation. I've walked the coastline of New England many hundreds, possibly thousands of times, but that anticipation still shows up every time.

 

I'm not a fisherman, I can understand the allure but have never felt it myself. I occurs to me that shooting and fishing have a lot in common. Conditions can look perfect as equipment is being loaded into the car but the day ends with no keepers. While there is some disappointment, the act is so enjoyable that it never feels like wasted time.

 

As I crested the dunes last Saturday my first impression was that his was to be a "no keepers" kind of day. But I've had that feeling many times before only to be pleasantly proven wrong. The surf was small and very well behaved, the sky was open and clear, so no drama there. The beach was nearly deserted and the sand by the water was good and firm for a nice walk. I didn't even turn on my camera for the first half mile, the surf never changed and the sand stayed smooth. Then I felt a nibble. Plum Island came through again. Here's what I came home with. In my next post I'll write about my approach to shooting these unanticipated gifts.

 


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Comments

Neal Rantoul(non-registered)
Love your blog, like notes from a shooter. You and I thinking and working at times along parallel paths. Check mine out at nealrantoul.com
Megan T(non-registered)
I feel like the image captures the crisp feeling of walking the beach on a sunny day in November. I've never been to Plum Island, I keep telling myself, "next summer I'll go" - but this photo reminds me, there is no need to wait!
Trevor(non-registered)
I look at the picture and I get it. I see the impressiveness of the image. However, I would likely have walked past this spot without a second thought or glance. I wish I had an eye for stuff like this.
MyNose(non-registered)
I am never disappointed with your photographs and there is never a bad day on Plum Island.
Or at crane beach, or at Atomic cafe, or hanging with Uncle Markie!
Caitlin T.(non-registered)
This place looks amazing! I've never been but I'm going to add it to my list of places to visit!
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