Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Red Boat Chronicle!

first light...morning swim, 5:50AM
sunrise...6:00AM

morning light...burning off the fog

morning light...reflections 

afternoon light...2:30PM

afternoon light...outgoing tide

afternoon light...relaxing with a bamboo fishing rod...maybe a bit eccentric?
evening light sunset...6:49PM


evening light...a pink sky reflecting... 
Last fall we took a leisurely ride down to Cape Cod, MA, checking out a cottage rental for this summer. Route 28 is a long and winding road with many distractions, some of interest, and a great deal of traffic! 

Crossing a small bridge into Harwich, I caught a glimpse of some amazing and spectacular red boats. "What a gorgeous picture," I thought out-loud. Hubby said, "we'll catch them on the way back, there's too much traffic right now."
  

The capture never happened, last fall as we exited the Cape from a different direction! I mentioned the red boats to my friend Judy at the beginning of our summer rental and she knew exactly the spot, mentioning that she wanted to photograph them as well. A few more weeks passed and still no red boat photos! 

Attending an art show in Hyannis we came across a photographer who displayed a photo of our red boats, still a vivid memory. "Wow Judy, we have to get over there and get some pictures soon," I said. Later we learned that the boats are one of the most photographed scenes on the Cape. 

Several more weeks somehow escaped us! Making it a priority, last Thursday was designated, Red Boat Day, it was going to happen! We will get up before sunrise and make the half hour journey to Harwich to photograph before first light, was the plan. Un-showered, uniformed in sweat pants, sleepy eyed, yawning, along with bed hair we made the jaunt.

What a spectacular morning it was! The serenity deafening, mirror like would be the perfect description of the saltwater estuary. A slight mist covered the marsh, the air clean and fresh with the hint of a warm day yet to follow. I was in photography heaven with a couple of my favorite people who share my photo addiction. Dueling shutter buttons were the only sound that resonated other than an occasional bird whisking by.

Later that afternoon returning from an event, we noticed that one of the boats was occupied. Burly and heavily tattooed sat a sixty-fiveish long-gray haired man holding a bamboo fishing rod sitting under a grass umbrella. I’m guessing that he is a Vietnam Veteran, hence the name Hero on the side of the boat. Just a hunch!

Pleased with our new discovery and captures we decided to return at sunset, making it a Grand Slam Red Boat Day and so we did!  Over two hundred photos later I’m not even sure I picked the best ones. I wish to frame a couple and that I will do as a friendly reminder to never, ever pass up a great shot. 
Some are very much worth waiting for! 

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30 comments:

Butterbean Row said...

Rosemary,
I admire your tenacity in photographing this boat in all kinds of light from early to late. They are gorgeous and I would make a book of them if I were you. I am inspired. Thank you for sharing!

charlotte

Carletta said...

Stunning shots!!!

Carola Bartz said...

It definitely was worth waiting for! Wow, these are gorgeous shots! I love how the different light changes the atmosphere in the photos! The red boats are a wonderful color, of course it goes so well with the surrounding green. I love these photos!!! They also change my opinion about Cape Cod - I was there in 2007, just for one night and one day, it was so crowded it wasn't even funny, all the access to the Atlantic was private. The National seashore though was beautiful, we loved Provincetown and enjoyed the best clam chowder ever in Hyannis. I wish we had had more time to explore beauties like these red boats.

hootnonny said...

Glad you persevered in your hunt for the red october! These are truly wonderful!

Madge Bloom said...

Wow.. I'd frame and hang any of these shots, they are spectacular. I can see why they are photographed often and you did them justice! Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #45!

bailey-road.com said...

I see why you just had to get shots of those little red boats - and the setting is beautiful too.

Amy Burzese said...

This is a great series! I just love it. All of these are just beautiful and I'm sure the rest are also. Wonderful post.

Marlo Perdicas said...

a very lovely set of shots.

lorik said...

These are spectacular shots - really worth the effort! I love the sense of depth and distance in these photos too - I so much want to be there.

LisaS said...

Stunning photography! You've captured a certain feeling here that I would say is inspiring and tranquil.

Deanna said...

Oh I am so glad you planned your day of red boat photography. I know you just had a blast with your friends and snapping those photos all day long. And a great group of photos they are. It would be hard for me to pick just one to frame...you may have to do a collage. Great work!!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Really beautiful shots! I love the way you captured them at different times of the day!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What a wonderful day for photography! Your red boats make for stunning subjects. The last shot with the pink hues in the water is my favorite. Wow!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

These are spectacular... every one of them! Wow.

Kathy said...

Definitely fabulous! I'm so glad you got up early so we could share some of what you saw.

MarmePurl said...

My children have been urging me to pick up painting again...the scene you post here might have just sparked me. Beautiful photos.
..and I love the quote in your profile..life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Yes indeed.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Each one of these photos is amazing, must have been a wonderful day. They stories you tell of the boats and the man add to the intrigue.

Lisa Gordon said...

I love your determination Rosemary, and it surely paid off! This is truly such a beautiful series of images.

Emily Spark said...

Wow...what a day, and what a find. I'm sure you are glad you went back and made it a priority to stay there to enjoy the day and get a lot of great photos, too!

beyondzephyr.com said...

So glad for you to finally got your red boat photos! They are amazing and gorgeous..

Ellie said...

Oh I LOVE these shots - they are so beautiful.
Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog I really appreciate it. :)

Lynn Cohen said...

Stupendous beauty. I called my husband in to look. He said "Cape Cod" before we got to the story at the bottom! He knows his country! (he said)!

Glad you went back, quite a story(ies)...loved it all. Yes, do frame!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Oh I just love these red boats! I'm so glad you photographed them in all lights. They are beautiful.
I like the photos with you little point and shoot too! That's all I have. I want to learn how to do the Macros. Can you give me any suggestions?
Thanks for stopping by and I am your newest follower.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Your photography is amazing, makes me want to just through the screen and grab one of those boats for me.

Jennifer said...

Hi Rosemary, Ah, the shot that almost got away! I am glad that you were able to get back to get some pictures, all 200 of them. The red boat is a great subject and is very photogenic. I'll bet it was hard to choose which one to go with.

TexWisGirl said...

these were wonderful! i'm so glad you got over there to take them!

Nancy Claeys said...

So are these boats out all the time? They are really fantastic -- what great shots Rosemary. Thank you so much for sharing at Your Sunday Best this week.

Pam :) said...

What a beautiful tale you tell with these stunning photos of the red boats in different lights. I love the scenery as well.
Nicely done, Rosemary.

Barb Brookbank said...

These are breathtaking! kudos to you for making it happen (even with bed head :)) You need to print them and put them in a book!

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Loving this...sounds so much like something I would love to do...Kudos to you and your friend!!!

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