For the second year in a row, the town of Marblehead gathered its Christmas trees onto Riverhead Beach and set them ablaze in the tradition of the Epiphany bonfire.  This annual tradition took place for years until the new causeway was built and then was put on hiatus until its resumption last year.  That was the first time I had the pleasure of witnessing the massive bonfire of Christmas trees with families gathered to witness the beautiful sight.

With a new Phantom 4 Pro in hand, I decided to capture this year’s Epiphany bonfire from the air.  I set off from Cliff Street and my children watched (and acted as spotters) while I maneuvered the drone to this spot untouched by the smoke of the massive fire.  I descended to 150 feet and composed the image to capture the circle of families surrounding the raging fire with the spotlight helping to create long shadows on the beach.  What a great night to be in Marblehead!