Massachusetts Summer, 2023
Wareham River sunrise

In August, we decamped to our beach house located on the South Coast of Massachusetts (aka “not quite Cape Cod”)—A annual sojourn we’ve been making since 2003 (except for the plague year of 2020). During this year’s six-week stay, we were joined at various times by family and friends—an altogether excellent summertime respite.

Being near the sea and wetlands, there’s lot to photograph—especially out on my morning walks at sunrise and occasional evening strolls. There was a wide variety of weather, including lots of Canadian wildfire smoke this year that made for colorful morning and evening skies, but interfered with astrophotography. Our beach generally faces east, so I was able to capture some nice sunrises and a couple of moonrises.

I also spent two evenings at Ned’s Point located in Mattapoisett about ten miles south of us. It’s an old New England sailing town chockablock with beautiful old homes, some dating back to the 18th century. The stone wharf, where wooden three-masters were once built during the heyday of New Bedford whaling, is now home to sailboats and yachts. Ned’s Point Lighthouse is maintained by the town and is the centerpiece of a lovely park overlooking Mattapoisett harbor and Buzzards Bay.


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