Parker Lane

Low Tide at Parker Lane

Summer may be nearing an end with school starting today but that doesn't mean that warm sunsets are done for the year... I decided to look 'forward' by checking my To Be Posted folder for images captured in September and found this one taken almost exactly one year ago on September 8, 2021. It was low tide when I stopped at the end of Parker Lane and made my way down to the 'beach' (not really a beach if it only appears at low enough tide). I took turns shooting with the sun in the frame and without and tried [...]

By |2022-09-05T22:09:01-04:00September 6th, 2022|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Parker Lane Sunset

On Wednesday, September 8, I headed out twice on photo outings and found myself at one of my favorite public ways both times. Parker Lane can be found shortly after crossing the causeway onto Marblehead Neck and is a small lane leading to a bench that overlooks Marblehead Harbor. There used to be stairs leading down to the shore but those washed away a few years ago. In its place is a new ladder bolted to the concrete wall which continues to allow access to the shore during all but high tides. I had visited Parker Lane at 2pm as [...]

By |2021-09-12T21:02:54-04:00September 13th, 2021|Categories: Public Way|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Ring Around the Neck – Parker Lane

I had plans to share more images from this late September afternoon and a 'ring around the Neck' hitting some of my favorite spots but other outings kept getting in the way... On the same day that I visited Chandler Hovey for that 'sit for a spell' image I also stopped at most of the public ways on the Neck to capture scenes of Marblehead Harbor with some great light and clouds. This was the view from Parker Lane which has always been a favorite but has been limited in compositions for the past few years since the stairs have [...]

By |2020-10-21T22:09:39-04:00October 22nd, 2020|Categories: Public Way|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Cloudy Evening at Parker Lane

Parker Lane might just be my favorite public way in all of Marblehead and yet it has been punished by acts of nature and man in the past year. The stairs leading to the beach below are gone with the platform still evident but separated by a broken wall. Further up the road, a car accident has taken down the road sign and done damage to the walls of one of the homes along this lane. Still, this was my destination on Wednesday, May 15th as I chased the sunset from an initial few shots on Riverhead Beach across the [...]

By |2019-05-19T20:39:33-04:00May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Public Way|Tags: , , |7 Comments

Spring Sunsets in Marblehead

There's just something about the light in April that makes for incredible colors at dawn (as in yesterday's post from Sunday morning) and gorgeous spring sunsets (as in this shot from Saturday night).  I had gone out at 6pm after a warm spring day as the clouds promised a decent chance for a solid sunset.  As I headed across the causeway, I glanced in my rearview mirror and continued to look back toward the town as I drove up Foster Street.  When I reached the public way at Parker Lane, I knew I had the perfect spot and pulled over. [...]

By |2019-04-15T20:21:23-04:00April 16th, 2019|Categories: Public Way, Sunset|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Framed by a Tree at Parker Lane

I was working on my 2018 calendar yesterday and think I have it almost finalized.  As I went through images from the past year to use for each month, I stumbled upon this photo in my 'to be published' folder. I had gone out to a familiar spot at the end of the public way on Parker Lane in early September for what turned out to be a very nice sunset.  Rather than running to the stairs and shooting the unobstructed view, I decided to stop and compose an image framed by a tree.  The full canopy of leaves worked [...]

By |2017-08-02T21:17:37-04:00August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , |8 Comments

Marblehead Sunset – 1 if by Land, 2 if by Air

On Saturday night, I once again chased a promising sunset across the causeway to Marblehead Neck and ended up on Parker Lane.  From there I set up my 'real' camera at the top of the stairs and also decided to fly my drone overhead as I wondered which might offer the better composition.  I ended up taking two different shots within three minutes of each other and still can't decide which view I prefer. The shot of this Marblehead Sunset by land has much better color and detail in the sky and the choice of a longer effective focal length [...]

By |2017-06-07T06:27:26-04:00June 7th, 2017|Categories: Aerial|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Sunset at Parker Lane

We were having a fairly quiet Saturday night and had little to eat in the house so orders were called in to Junji for sushi and Marblehead House of Pizza for a small pie.  As I looked at the sky starting to pick up the first colors of sunset, I quickly volunteered to pick up the food and knew just the spot to spend the 15-20 minute wait while the food was prepared. Parker Lane is the first public way on Marblehead Neck as you cross the causeway and has become a go-to spot on many evenings.  I pulled up [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:03:28-05:00September 12th, 2016|Categories: Public Way|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Framing the Sunset on Parker Lane

On Monday July 18th, I had returned home from work to find that my kids had been invited out for dinner and my wife was holding down the fort.  We had a few thunderstorms pass to the north and south earlier in the day and another band was making its way but likely would break up before dropping any rain (the story of this Summer).  With no kids to take care of, I decided to run out and see if the coming storm might mean some good light at sunset. As I drove, I checked the clouds on either side [...]

By |2016-08-09T21:57:25-04:00August 10th, 2016|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

Summer’s First Breath

My favorite aspects of Summer sunsets are their long duration and the incredible color gamut that can be seen from start to finish.  Today's image of Summer's first breath was taken 10 minutes before yesterday's wide view of deep purple colors over the harbor as seen from Parker Lane. When I arrived at this spot, I was treated to a yellow-orange sun with light radiating off the low lying clouds and bathing the harbor in orange-blue light.  The rapidly changing colors allowed me to explore many different views from this one location - each slightly different thanks to a change in hue. [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:03:31-05:00May 27th, 2016|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , |0 Comments