Riverhead beach

Looking out at the Harbor

As the calendar inches toward April, I have been awed by how empty Marblehead harbor remains. Much of that is due to the repeated Nor'Easters that have marked the start of spring. The lack of boats made me stop at this image in my 'to be published' folder. I captured this shot from the rocky shores of Riverhead Beach on a mid-August evening. I could not have asked for better light with the incredible clouds reflecting the late light of day and spilling that light down onto the harbor. The expansive view includes much of mainland Marblehead and the Neck [...]

By |2018-03-25T17:18:26+00:00March 26th, 2018|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , |6 Comments

Epiphany Bonfire in the Falling Snow

Tonight's epiphany bonfire in the falling snow couldn't have been more magical and I almost gave up on shooting it... I made it home from work a little after 5 and had enough time to change and drop off my son at basketball practice before heading to Riverhead beach and the annual (though belated) epiphany bonfire.  I arrived as the first flames rose from the pile of Christmas trees and turned into the Devereux parking lot only to find far more parked cars and far less room than I expected.  I turned into what appeared to be the last open [...]

By |2018-01-08T20:17:44+00:00January 8th, 2018|Categories: Traditions|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments

Summer Sunsets are the Best (name this beach)

Today's image comes from a never-ending Summer sunset that took place on July 18th.  I started shooting this sunset at 8pm on Parker Lane and it finally finished up at 8:18pm as I made my way to the small beach along the harbor on the Neck side of the causeway. I guess this is still considered part of Riverhead Beach as I can't find any other names for this small beach.  If you know of its proper name, please let me know.

By |2017-05-30T21:06:51+00:00May 31st, 2017|Categories: Beach|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Epiphany Bonfire at Riverhead Beach

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 [...]

By |2017-01-06T19:44:48+00:00January 6th, 2017|Categories: Aerial|Tags: , , , |20 Comments

Top 10 of 2016 – #8 – The Christmas Tree Bonfire

We moved to Marblehead in May 2008 just as the causeway was being re-built and, as such, had never witnessed the annual Christmas Tree bonfire tradition.  On January 6, the tradition was resumed and I was awed by the site of the incredible bonfire and, even more, the gathered crowd reflected in the flame light.  Here is #8 in my Top 10 of 2016 countdown - make sure you visit Riverhead Beach on Friday, January 6 for the 2017 edition of the bonfire.

By |2016-12-18T10:32:13+00:00December 21st, 2016|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , , |10 Comments

Golden Water of Riverhead Beach

On Thursday, June 23rd, my wife, daughter and I took our new dog to walk the causeway.  While they ate ice cream from Lime Rickeys, I held a leash in one hand and my camera in the other.  It wasn't long before the sun dipped below a cluster of clouds and began to spill its light painting the water of Riverhead Beach in a golden hue. I quickly handed off the leash and crossed the causeway to get a better vantage point.  I tried to include as much sky as the lens would allow while still capturing the golden water [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:03:29+00:00June 27th, 2016|Categories: Beach|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Pink Sky over Riverhead Beach

Last night, I headed out just before sunset on a bit of a hunch and with a particular destination in mind.  I had met someone recently who inquired about my shooting from her home of 24 years that they had recently sold.  After discussing a bit about the property, I promised I would do my best to capture an image with which to remember this house with a view of Marblehead Harbor. I ended up shooting a few scenes from the cupola of her home while we talked and kept my eye on a particular cloud that shifted just out of [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:03:30+00:00June 20th, 2016|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , , |12 Comments

Riverhead Beach – Choppy Water Reflecting a Cloudy Sky

On Friday night, I returned home from work and ate dinner with my family before my wife and daughter headed off to her last soccer practice.  My son and I were home with the new puppy and I kept looking up at the sky as clouds broke up and promised a nice sunset.  With my wife on her way home, I left the puppy in my son's care and headed off toward the causeway. I wasn't sure where I would shoot from as I crossed the causeway and looked to my left and behind me.  On a whim, I parked [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:03:30+00:00June 13th, 2016|Categories: Beach|Tags: , |4 Comments

Bathing in the Light

Only a few minutes after capturing yesterday's image, a golden retriever came onto Riverhead Beach with its owner in tow.  He (or she) walked without hesitation to the water's edge and into the very cold water of the harbor.  As the golden retriever passed under the light of the slowly setting sun, I captured this frame featuring the dog quite literally bathing in the light of the sun with the lamp posts of the causeway above. I hope the owner doesn't mind that I took a bit of creative license in cloning her out of the final image.  I thought [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:03:37+00:00March 18th, 2016|Categories: Beach|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Dune Grass at Riverhead Beach

I had gone out to chase a sunset on Saturday, December 19 and found myself at Riverhead Beach marveling at the height and extent of the dune grass.  I don't remember it ever looking as lush as that seen on the Cape and decided to find a composition that would do the scene some justice. I walked down towards the causeway and found this dense section where no sand could be seen.  I set up the tripod lower to the ground and captured this image just as the last rays of the sun were reflecting off the houses on Marblehead [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:03:49+00:00January 12th, 2016|Categories: Beach|Tags: |0 Comments