Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Winter at the Beach

Monday was a good day to go to the beach to capture some winter shots. The slowly falling, oversized snowflakes had stopped, the sun had made a few weak appearances, but most important there was no gale force winds at the moment.


I went to Tunnel Park, a County Park/Beach about a mile from my house. You will see the reason for the name of the park shortly.

I couldn't drive into the park itself, the gates were locked, so I parked in the turn around of the driveway and trudged in through the walk-in gate.

Once I got to the playground area I started looking for interesting things to shoot. I tried a few playground pieces but I just wasn't feeling it. Not feeling inspired I moved on to the tunnel...


I couldn't find an exact age of this tunnel through the dune to the beach. I know that this park has been here since the 1930's. Walking through the tunnel to the beach I realized I haven't been through this tunnel in quite a few years.


Once through the tunnel I was looking out at Lake Michigan and the ice build up near the shore. I saw a vantage point I wanted to shoot from but I had to climb up a mound of wind blown sand and snow, then down into a little valley to get up to the top of another dune. I was a little apprehensive about climbing the dune, afraid I would fall. I kept thinking of my friend Cathy Sly, who fell on one of her recent adventures. Of course I did fall, but it was more like a graceful slide, down into the little valley area.


I made it to the top of the dune area I wanted to shoot from. I took some shots, but then I noticed the sand on my mitten that was getting on my camera, and my lens. I started freaking out about that , and that was it, the adventure was over. I did make it back to the tunnel without falling again.


Once back through the tunnel, I started to relax. I wiped the sand off and felt much better.


I visited one more area where the picnic tables were stored and where some stairs were from the cottage association above the park area. I would like to shoot these stairs and tunnel through the seasons. A fun new project with intention to work on.







15 comments:

  1. Beautiful Sarah. The tones of a winter beach are so quiet and soft. Love the composition of the grass shot. Thank you so much for your message today!

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  2. Nice captures! White winter beach is very beautiful. Your last photo is very impressive.

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  3. I just love the colors of the sky, water, and grasses in your fourth photo! I really like each and every photo, but the fourth...wow!

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  4. sigh, more memories. We used to have breakfast at Tunnel Park on the 4th of July when I was a kid. The whole family (on my Dad's side would join in. I remember well scrambled eggs with sand. Took me a long time to enjoy scrambled eggs after those breakfasts.

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  5. It is so rare here on the West Coast to find snow at the beach. These are so lovely Sarah. I love them all.

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  6. Snow on a beach and the yellow colour of the grass ... Beautiful in fact it's all beautiful, you live in a wonderful part of the world...

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  7. Great job capturing the snow Sarah. Lovely photos

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  8. The photo from the tunnel out to the lake is breathtaking Lissa! I'm going to post in on my pinterest board :)

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  9. I don't get to see so much snow because I live in California. Your photographs transport me to a different world.
    Thanks for sharing.
    PS My favorite is the shot of the stairs and the snow.

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  10. Sarah, I can only imagine what the "graceful slide" on the snow looked like ... made me giggle. I love the way to catch views from different perspectives, and especially love the grasses poking out of the snow, the red house through the branches, and the snow-covered steps. I always feel like I'm right there with you on your adventures. Thanks for sharing in Walk and Click Wednesdays!!

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  11. Snow and sand...a beautiful combination! I love the grasses. Beautiful composition!

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  12. I love your point of view when you photograph...these are all so lovely. You made me smile with your "graceful slide" comment. :)

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  13. What a hauntingly beautiful photo essay. I am especially drawn to the tunnel shots...the framing, the feeling of shelter? Great winter mood all around.

    xoxo

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  14. I remember when I moved to Maine and saw snow on the beach for the first time...a very strange sight for a California girl. These photos are just beautiful, each and every one!

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  15. wow what gorgeous shots I don't think i have ever seen snow on a beach before that is so cool.

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