Looking southwesterly toward Eastern Point Lighthouse in Gloucester, Massachusetts
When my alarm went off this morning and I could hear the wind howling outside, I pretty much wrote off the idea of coming up with a decent image today. Since it was also 4:30 am, and I am NOT a morning person, I just about scrapped it – I was sure that, between the driving rain and wind gusts up to 60 mph, I would just end up with a photo that looks like the one below of the surf. So, why torture myself ? Just sleep in and leap out of bed at the crack of noon instead.
Dog Bar Lighthouse at the end of the breakwater during today’s storm. (at “sunrise” Ha!)
Originally, I had envisioned a shot down the breakwater at Eastern Point (in Gloucester, MA) toward the Dog Bar Breakwater Lighthouse. The forecasted winds had arrived and I was hoping for some great surf breaking over the rocks despite it being low tide. That part turned out to be true. The driving rain wasn’t in my plan though. But I tried anyway and headed over toward the breakwater and the side of the lighthouse that I normally shoot. The orientation of this breakwater provides an opportunity for a classic shot of a sunrise behind the Eastern Point Lighthouse – which I have done several times in the past. The leading lines of the breakwater and the constantly changing sky and and backlighting of the lighthouse is a photographer’s dream. I just wish that this side of the lighthouse wasn’t the ugly duckling of the Cape Ann lighthouses (have you ever seen a bad image of the Annisquam Lighthouse?)
Classic sunrise shot of Eastern Point Lighthouse
This time though I couldn’t safely go beyond the breakwater and there was no way in hell that I was going out on the wall itself. I really didn’t want to be that person on the news, wrapped in a blanket provided by the Coast Guard, saying “Well, I thought it would be fine” while text shows up on the screen below me saying “This person is an idiot”.
So, I kept trying to catch the right surf shot. It wasn’t working. I was just about to pack it up when I decided to investigate the north side. I had seen a sign saying that there was an Audubon Trail there and figured “I’m here, why not?”
Enter the lemonade and thank you lemons! Why hadn’t I come over here before? Habit? Probably. Turns out that not only is this a great perspective of this lighthouse (a much prettier side, if you ask me), the low tide that reduced the surf on the other side turned out to be a benefit here. I was able to safely head out onto the rocks and get this image below that I never could have done at high tide.
So, sometimes the best laid plans just don’t work out. Thank God.