Category Archives: Beach

Climbing the Cape Lookout Lighthouse

I might not be able to take pictures of fall foliage quite yet, but I did get to climb a lighthouse this weekend, on the Cape Lookout National Seashore.

The lighthouse and keeper’s residence.

It was 207 steps to reach the top, and my legs definitely felt it, but this amazing view was worth the effort!  Seeing the Outer Banks from this vantage point makes you realize that the islands really are just a narrow strip of land, an overgrown sandbar really, less than half a mile wide in most places.

Looking North along the South Core Banks. Looking East towards the Beach and the Atlantic Ocean.There is no bridge to this part of the Outer Banks, so you have to take a boat to get there. Not only is it a beautiful ride, but also it makes the islands pretty empty. You might have to hike a little, but even on a “busy” day you can find a patch of solitude.

Shackleford Banks, viewed from the ferry, not the top of the lighthouse.

Curated Collection: Beach Day

Its beach season! A few weeks ago, I was desperately in need of a beach day, or maybe just a day off. Fortunately, I’ve gotten a handle on the things that were stressing me out and I’ve been able to relax. I’ve also gotten my beach days, with more to come as I still have most of the summer to enjoy them.

Check out my collection of pretty, beach day inspired artworks (including a few of my own photos) on Society6

Sunny or Cloudy?

The last time I was at this beach, Rexhame in Marshfield MA, 3 years ago, I really wanted a bright, sunny day to take photos. I didn’t get one. Instead I got cloudy, overcast skies. I ended up really loving my photos from that day anyways.¬† This year, I went back for a family cookout, and I got my beautiful, sunny days! With bright blue skies and warm brown rocks. I honestly can say I’m pretty happy with my photos from both days, and I love the subtle differences between them. Its amazing how the weather and time of day can give such different results.

Which one do you prefer?

Curated Collection: Ocean Waves

I would really, really love a day at the beach right now, but I am just so busy. I’m getting ready for my yoga teacher training next month, getting ready to be away from home and my business during my training, trying to get as much of the never ending yard work done before the summer heat makes it impossible. I guess I’m feeling overwhelmed right now. But here are some beautiful ocean pictures, in my Ocean Waves collection on Society6 that I can at least look at for a few minutes before getting back to my to do list.