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So down at the family yacht club there is an event held every year around late May to signal the start of season. It's when everyone gets together, the new Commodore says a few words, the flags are raised, and summer is officially welcomed! (There used to be a canon blast too, to conclude the ceremonies, but due to some incidents and recent burns that part of the agenda was replaced by a paper printout simply with the word "BANG" written across it) Then everyone climbs aboard a members' boat, with rigging and railings donned with flags, for the boat parade throughout Wickford Harbor. We've been lucky for as long as I can remember with sunny days and no rain. There have been clouds the past two years but they've faded away by the time the boat parade started. Drinks, smiles, family and friends, and lots of horn blowing to let all of Wickford Village know that the WYC has started its yachting season. Here are some shots while I was aboard my parent's boat and we took a little harbor cruise with a full parade of decorated boats in tow!
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Some days I just don't feel like swimming. Some days I don't feel like shooting with a 7lb telephoto setup on the beach. Those days are perfectly suited for drone shots, should the wind be accommodating enough.
I've only had a couple drone flights this winter, one during a sunny but cold morning at the beach, and a second during a slightly windier day at Point Judith lighthouse. It's always a refreshing perspective!
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If you talk to anyway wave hunting lately, most everyone is pretty annoyed with this season's swell. We usually expect big nor'easter storms to roll thru in the winter months, generating big waves and heavy offshore winds. Last season we were totally spoiled with head to overhead 6-8'+ days regularly occurring once a week. This season has been a little different, but perhaps that's a good thing to get me more accustomed to swimming in cold conditions.
I haven't been in the water for sunset in a while. But the opportunity finally presented itself a couple weeks ago. The sky was clear for once, there was a bump of swell in the water but apparently no one really deemed it worthwhile because the lineup was empty. Fellow photographer friend Gus Potter grabbed his board instead of a camera, and the two of us hopped in with only half an hour or so before sunset to catch a few with the one other soul already in the water.
It was a little windy and wonky, and certainly cold, but it was one of my favorite sessions this month. You just can't beat that dusky light!