Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse
This was the third attempt at landing on Straitsmouth Island off Rockport, Massachusetts. In November 2015 on a warm fall night we tried to get onto the island but changing weather conditions had other plans. Then in June 2016 we made another attempt but we couldn't find a safe landing spot. With tips from the lighthouse president we finally made it but it was interesting, to say the least. There really is no truly safe place to land on the island but if you have the right equipment it can be done, but carefully. We moored the whaler just offshore and paddled the dinghy into a little nook among the rocks just after high tide. With ice crampons on our boots we were able to scramble up slippery seaweed-covered rocks to safer ground all while offloading the inflatable of four cases of gear, lights and tripods. We set about our work being mindful of the abundance of poison ivy that covers the island. The association owners are currently renovating the house and construction debris kept us from including it as part of the scene but for wide shots. The Milky Way was in full summer bloom and for the widest shot of this series you can also see the twin lights of the neighboring Thacher Island to the left of the frame. As we were leaving the tide was low and the inflatable was high and dry. We slid down to it as the tide was just starting to return, carefully packed the gear and then rowed to the whaler as the winds and seas starting to increase making for a hairy return.
July 26, 2016 11:03pm 75° 5-10mph wind
Nikon D4, 14mm lens ISO 2500 f2.8 25secs