As I have written before, Cape Cod is one of my favorite places to visit. Every time I go, I take at least 2000 pictures. It takes me days to get through them all when I get home, weeding out the bad ones and editing the good ones. It is a beautiful place with tons of amazing subjects to shoot. Sunrises on the ocean side, sunsets on the bay side. Beaches, Boats, Lighthouses, Flowers, Wildlife, Quaint Towns, Gorgeous Scenery. Never at a loss for something to photograph.
We did not get a chance to go this past summer, but we will be returning this coming summer, staying just off Pleasant Bay, halfway between Orleans and our beloved Chatham. However, two summers ago, we went for a week in Late July/Early August and stayed in a home right on “the River” on the outskirts of Orleans. The River is really just and extension of Pleasant Bay, not a true river. Standing on the deck, we could stare out at the marsh on the edge of the river, watching the sunset over the trees, watching the boats moored in the water, bob gently with the tidal currents. I took these shots the day we arrived.
I walked down the sloping back yard towards the marshy area and as I sauntered past the tree line that marked the end of the property and the beginning of the marsh, this lone post came into view. I assume it was once part of a dock, going out into the river. I didn’t think much of it at first and started shooting pictures of the sky and the sun setting over the trees and the boats in the water. As I paused to look over the shots, I noticed that the post featured in many of the shots. I ventured over as close to it as I could get; it was pretty soggy right around the post. I could tell it had been there a long time. It was leaning to one side and was very weathered. I took some more shots of it, then went back inside (the mosquitoes were eating me alive down there). I proceeded to take a ton of pictures that trip and gradually forgot all about the lone post.
But, when I got home and began going through all the pictures I took on the computer, I kept seeing it pop up in the above shots and several others I had taken of the same view. It was interesting how the post looked different from the different angles and perspectives when it was the main subject matter and it brought more interest to the pictures where it was a bit player in the foreground or the background. I now have an 8 x 10 framed and matted on my living room wall of the Lone Post Among The Marsh Reeds shot.
Looking forward to getting back to the Cape this August to find more great things to shoot. Hope you enjoy these shots, and if you want to see more of my Cape Cod Images, please visit my websites!