Dark and Stormy

October 27, 2021  •  8 Comments

Cape Neddick Storm
Cape Neddick, Maine

It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, a shot rang out! A door slammed. The maid screamed. Suddenly, a pirate ship appeared on the horizon! While millions of people were starving, the king lived in luxury. Meanwhile, on a small farm in Kansas, a boy was growing up.
― Charles M. Schulz, It was a Dark and Stormy Night, by Snoopy

Yesterday was the beginning of a dark and stormy week for us. So, what else do you do but drive to the coast to experience the fury. This is from Cape Neddick where, just right of frame, sits Nubble Light, a very picturesque and thus overly photographed lighthouse. I thought it would make for a nice photo but when we got there the real show was in this little cove where the waves and wind pounded those defenseless rocks.  They also pounded me as I tried to get out of the car to make some photos.  While fighting with the car door my hat blew off and rolled 20 yards into the parking lot where I had to push through wind and rain, then dodge incoming cars (why so many on a day like this?), and finally negotiate with a seagull who was eyeing my cap with thoughts of nesting material. 
With the wind being so strong trying to hand-hold a camera is nearly impossible so Katherine graciously repositioned the car so it blocked the wind and I was able to open the window and photograph from the comfort of the Subaru. 
I took over 200 images, most in burst mode, but while viewing them none revealed the intensity of the surf, wind and rain as we felt it. 

Nubble LightNubble Light
Nubble Light in Fog During Quieter Times
Cape Neddick, Maine


Todd Henson(non-registered)
Fantastic! The image may not have captured quite what you were feeling, but it does still capture quite a sense of energy and motion. You can see the shapes of the waves as they come in to shore, eventually breaking into all that amazing white foam and fury. And I also very much like the quieter and almost creepy foggy image of the lighthouse. Glad to see you're making the most of your new environment.
I love that first image - in my experience, extreme weather condition offer great image opportunities, albeit under difficult conditions for the photographer - but if you got the image, nobody is interested afterwards how wet you got for it ;)

Blue sky has its merits, too, but only for a limited time. I am currently on the island of Krk in the Mediterranean Sea, and while the first day offered clouds and a sometimes gloomy light, now it's sun and blue sky again. The good thing with the lower sun in Fall is the softer light and the longer shadows - essential ingredients especially for black & white photography.
Tom Dills(non-registered)
Sometimes the use of the car as a tripod/photo blind is essential! And having a driver willing and able to get into the right position is a plus.

Those waves are fierce, and I can only imagine the sound! We heard some pretty good waves at Thunder Hole in Acadia, and that was at a less-than-optimal (for thunder) time. The sound of the waves and the wind must have been fierce.

Love the lighthouse in the fog, although the lighthouse needs a light. ;)

You're pretty brave to even make the trip to the coast in that storm. But then again, you moved to Maine. :)
Monte Stevens(non-registered)
Both images are wonderful and so is the quote. Definitely not Kansas. There is so much power and fury in that first image. Loved your story as it made me laugh. Glad you got your hat back and three cheers for Katherine! She's a Keeper!
Both photos are lovely, but the first photo makes you feel small in the grand scheme of things; nature's raw power and immense scale. The cool tones of the image work well.
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