A weathered wooden dock and reeds in a tidal salt marsh, Niantic, East Lyme, Connecticut, April 2019. A peaceful minimalist scene by the water in black and white.
The backwaters in Niantic is one of my favorite places to photograph. I grew up canoeing in its gentle salt waters in idyllic summers at the beach as a child, and always love passing by this view on my way to the beach for the couple of weeks or so I still get to enjoy there as an adult.
While the view at sunset is particularly gorgeous, even on a drizzly spring Sunday after opening our family's cottage this past weekend, I couldn't help but stop and take a few photographs on my way home to New York. I pulled into a long driveway and the homeowner was walking past as I got out. She agreed that as long as you simply say "hello" no one minds if you park on their property to take photos even when signs warn against trespassing. A recent transplant from Canada who just moved to the beach year-round (lucky her!), she echoed my sentiments that even in the worst of weather there is never a day that isn't beautiful at the beach.
I think that this image taken on such a gray day has to be one of my favorites. I was so thrilled to see that others seem to agree when this work was featured in five groups a couple of days after I uploaded it.
I hope you enjoy checking out all of my photos from this lovely corner of the world, which can be found in my Beaches and Backwaters and Connecticut Collections and interspersed among other collections as well. I have some shots from the day before Hurricane Sandy hit that are also hauntingly lovely in their own way. So, if you're a beach lover like me, please take a look.
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April 30th, 2019
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